Paul Brasher - President

Bachelor of Economics (Hons)

Paul joined the Board in October 2011.

He was a partner in the accounting and professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1982 to 2009. He chaired the Australian firm and was chairman of the global board of PwC from 2005 to 2009.

He was previously chairman of Incitec Pivot Limited and Reach Foundation and board member of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Amcor Limited and Perpetual Limited and a number of philanthropic organisations, including the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and Teach for Australia.

Paul was previously vice-president and finance director of the club, chair of the Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee. 

Paul is the chair of the Nominations Committee. 

Paul Brasher. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Peter Allen – Vice-president and finance director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Valuation); AAICD

Peter joined the Board in March 2019.

He is an executive director and chief executive officer of Scentre Group and provides commercial, finance, leadership and community experience.

Prior to the establishment of Scentre Group in 2014, Peter was an executive director and chief financial officer of Westfield Group. He is also chairman of the Shopping Centre Council of Australia and a director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the Property Council of Australia.

Peter is the chair of the Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee and a member of the Nominations  Committee.

Peter Allen. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Sean Wellman – Football director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Podiatry), Diploma of Business Management and Finance

Sean was elected to the Board in December 2017. He has been involved in the AFL industry for over 20 years as a coach (assistant) and player.

An Essendon life member, he played 212 AFL games and was part of the club’s 2000 premiership team.
Sean currently runs his own mortgage broker business Wellman Finance. 

Sean Wellman. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Dave Barham – Director

David was elected to the Board in December 2015.

He has over 25 years of experience in the AFL industry, having established the AFL’s film and videotape library in the early 1990s.

For 10 years, David produced all of Channel Ten’s AFL programs, including eight AFL Grand Finals. From late 2010 until the end of 2015, David was head of sport for the Ten Network. He was responsible for Ten’s highly regarded BBL production. He has produced Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games and Australian Grand Prix coverages.

David was appointed to the board of the Victorian Racing Club in 2020.

He is a member of the Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee.

Dave Barham. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Melissa Green – Director

Melissa joined the Board in December 2017

She is a customer-focused commercial leader with over 30 years of experience in the marketing and advertising industry.

She is currently national agency lead at Meta Australia. Previously she was head of Melbourne, agency and government.

Prior to joining Facebook, Melissa spent five years at Fairfax Media in the roles of sales director (VIC) and state sales manager Fairfax Digital (VIC).

She held a Victorian board member position with Starlight Children's Foundation between 2002-2004.
Melissa is chair of the Women’s Football Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk & Integrity Committee.   

Melissa Green. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Dorothy Hisgrove - Director

Bachelor of Business, Graduate Diploma in Marketing

Dorothy joined the Board in August 2021.

She is a proven business leader and trusted adviser to board and executive management on leadership, workforce strategy, culture and business performance.

She has held senior leadership roles across several sectors with a focus on the development and implementation of growth and transformation programs in large and complex organisations.

Dorothy is currently national managing partner of people and inclusion at KPMG Australia, and a director of Teach for Australia.

In previous roles, she was a partner and chief people officer at PwC Australia; general manager of people, customer and community at the Australian Football League (AFL); general manager of culture and communications at Australia Post; and general manager of people engagement, culture, diversity and change at National Australia Bank.

'Dorothy is a member of the People and Remuneration Committee.

Dorothy Hisgrove. (Photo: AFL Photos)

Simon Madden – Director

Diploma of Teaching, Grad Dip. Special Ed

Simon was elected to the Board in 2013. He played 378 games for the club and was a member of the 1984 and '85 premiership teams. 

He is a life member of Essendon, the AFL and the AFL Players' Association, and is also a member of the Essendon Hall of Fame and the AFL Hall of Fame.

Originally a teacher, Simon has worked in business for 20 years. He runs his own business-coaching consultant Simon Madden Consulting, specialising in sustainable high performance. 

He has previously been the president and a director of the AFL Players' Association.

Simon is a member of the Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee.

Simon Madden. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Andrew Muir – Director

Bachelor of Economics, Post Graduate Diploma of Financial Management

Andrew joined the Board in 2015.

He is a successful business leader and philanthropist with over 25 years of retail, leadership, strategic and management experience.

Andrew served as executive chairman of The Good Guys from 2005 to 2017 after being CEO of The Good Guys from 1993.

He is also co-founder of the national Best Friends Pet Supercentres chain, the founder of the digital timeline app Momatu, and the founder and director of The Good Foundation - a not-for-profit which promotes good health and nutrition, including being the sole licensee of Jamie’s Ministry of Food in Australia.

Andrew is a member of the Nominations Committee and People and Remuneration Committee.

Andrew Muir. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Kate O'Sullivan – Director

Graduate AAICD, Graduate Certificate Agribusiness and Graduate Diploma Business Administration

Kate joined the Board in August 2019.

She has over 25 years of senior executive experience working in listed companies across commercial, sales, marketing, leadership coaching and entertainment industries.

Kate’s most recent assignment was CEO of the Pegasus Leisure Group (a subsidiary of the Melbourne Racing Club), leading the management of a 13-venue hospitality enterprise.

Presently, she is the managing director of Portishead Pty Ltd, specialising in executive leadership coaching and mentoring for women, and a director of World Racing Tours Pty Ltd.

Kate is a director of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), a member of the Marcus Oldham Agriculture College Council and a Melbourne Girls Grammar School Foundation board member. She was formerly a director at the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Kate was previously a member of the Audit, Risk and Integrity Committee.

Kate is chair of the People and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee. 

Kate O'Sullivan. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Kevin Sheedy AO – Director

Kevin joined the Board in October 2020.

He was senior coach at Essendon, winning four premierships over his 27 years, and was also the inaugural coach and a former director of Greater Western Sydney.

He has made a significant contribution to the AFL industry over many decades including creating the iconic Anzac Day and Dreamtime matches, enhancing the AFL Coaches' Association and establishing the AFL Sports Ready Program.

Kevin is an innovator in business, passionate about our Indigenous and grassroots communities, and an influencer at all levels including government.

He is an Essendon Football Club life member and Hall of Fame Legend, an AFL and Richmond Football Club life member and an AFL Hall of Fame Legend.

Kevin Sheedy. (Photo: AFL Photos)