Essendon FC’s Constitution provides for the club to have up to 10 directors, comprised of up to:

  • Six directors who are directly elected by the members; and
  • Four directors who are appointed by the approval of at least two thirds of the other directors.

Each director is elected or appointed for a three-year term. The terms of two elected directors and one or two appointed directors expire at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) each year.

The Essendon FC Board has determined the Board Skills Requirements and Directors Qualities Guidelines, which in the Board’s opinion, set out the preferred mix of skills and experience for the Board as a whole and the required qualities of individual directors.

The Board makes any appointment of directors by reference to these guidelines and asks any prospective candidates for election to have regard to the guidelines before accepting a nomination.

Elections for directors are conducted (and nominations are accepted) in accordance with the club's Constitution and Election Rules.

Under the Club's Constitution, nominations for election as a director close 35 days prior to the date of the AGM each year. In 2023, the AGM will be held on Monday, December 18 and nominations for election close on Monday, November 13 2023. The prescribed Nomination Form is available for download here.

As a requirement of the club’s constitution, it is a condition of eligibility as a candidate for election that all prospective candidates provide (no later than the closing date for nominations) a current national police check that is dated no more than 90 days before the closing date.

The Club Constitution also includes a requirement for all directors to hold a current Working With Children Check.

Prospective candidates for election should also note that it is an expectation of the Board that all directors should complete an approved directors education course within an agreed period after joining the Board (if they have not already done so.)

For further information, please contact Michael Abrahams, company secretary and general counsel, on (03) 8340 2000.