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Board of Directors

Rob Chapman (Chairman)
Jim Hazel (Deputy Chairman)
The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Linda Fellows
Richard Fennell
Bob Foord
Rod Jameson
Jim McDowell
Mark Ricciuto
 

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MR ROB CHAPMAN

Rob Chapman joined the Board of the Adelaide Football Club in 2007 and was appointed Chairman in 2009. A South Australian born businessman, Rob brings a wealth of experience to the role as a seasoned leader in business and the financial sectors. 

Current positions

  • Chairman of Investment Attraction South Australia, tasked with leading a multi-million dollar investment fund aimed at bringing new jobs to South Australia;
  • Chairman of the Adelaide Airport Board, the fastest growing capital city airports in Australia;
  • Chairman of Fortis Ago, an independent Adelaide based corporate finance and advisory firm;
  • Director of Coopers Brewery
  • Director of Radio Rentals

Past positions

Rob has held previous positions across the banking and finance and business sectors:

  • Chair of the BankSA Advisory Board and previously Managing Director of BankSA;
  • Chief Executive of St George Bank and the Regional General Manager (WA, SA, NT) of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia – two of Australia’s largest financial institutions.
  • Past President of Business SA, one of the largest chamber of commerce bodies in the State,
  • Past President of Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) South Australia

 

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JIM HAZEL

Jim Hazel is a significant banking experience and knowledge of the regional banking industry, retirement living and aged care accommodation. Jim joined the Board of the Adelaide Football Club in 2010 and has served as Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Current Roles

  • Chairman, Precision Group
  • Director, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited
  • Director, Rural Bank Limited
  • Deputy Chairman, Centrex Metals Limited
  • Chairman, Ingenia Communities Group
  • Director, Coopers Brewery Limited
  • Council Member, University of South Australia
  • Trustee, Adelaide Festival Centre Trust

Previous roles

  • CEO of Primelife Corp Ltd
  • MD of Equity One Ltd
  • Chief General Manager of Adelaide Bank Ltd

 

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KATE ELLIS 

Kate Ellis was appointed to the Adelaide Football Club Board in 2017. She is currently the Federal Member for Adelaide. 

 On 9 October 2004, Kate made history as the youngest woman ever elected to the Australian House of Representatives, after winning the seat of Adelaide.

 When the Labor Government was elected in 2007, Kate held various positions, including Minister for Youth and Sport, Minister for Women and Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care. 

 In 2013 Kate became Shadow Minister for Education and later the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Development and Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education.

 Kate recently stepped down from the Shadow Ministry after announcing that she will not run for the seat of Adelaide at the next Federal Election, although she continues to represent the people of Adelaide and maintain her role as the Federal Member for Adelaide until then. 

 

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LINDA FELLOWS

South Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Linda Fellows joined the Adelaide Football Club’s Board in 2015. Linda was an inaugural member of the Club’s Professional Standards and Integrity Committee in 2013.  

Linda is a highly respected member of the police force who joined the SA police force as a cadet in 1987 and has since held numerous postings, including with the Criminal Investigation Branch.

She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2012 and promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 2014.

Current positions

  • Assistant Commissioner  - Human Resources - SA Police

Previous Positions

  • Assistant Commissioner Crime Service
  • Assistant Commissioner Regional Operations Service
  • Officer in Charge Ethical & Professional Standards Branch
  • Officer in Charge Drug Investigation Branch
  • Officer in Charge Traffic Support Branch
  • Deputy Member, SA Police Superannuation Board

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RICHARD FENNELL

Richard Fennell joined the Board of the Adelaide Football Club in 2017 as Director following 3 years as an independent member of the Club’s Finance and Audit Committee. Richard brings a strong financial background to the Board from his current role as Chief Financial Officer of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and prior to that, an 18 year career in finance and consulting, primarily with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Australia and Asia.

Current positions

  • Executive Corporate and Chief Financial Officer, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. He oversees Finance, Treasury and Strategy as well as many of the non-technology focussed support areas including People and Performance, Properties, Procurement and Processing Centres.
  • Director, Helpmann Academy

 

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ROBERT FOORD

With over 35 years’ experience in Private sector Australian and International businesses, Robert Foord has an intimate understanding of both Commercial and Government Business practices. He has extensive Board experience and has chaired Government and Private sector boards within Australia and overseas. Robert joined the Adelaide Football Club Board in 2010.

In 1982 he established the Proud Australia Group of Companies which expanded to become one of Australia’s leading tourism operators.

Robert’s board experience includes South Australian Tourism Commission, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Hockey SA, Indonesian Humanitarian Organisation/The John Fawcett Foundation, Australian Rainforest Foundation, Australia’s Tourism and Transport Forum and ATEC.

Robert is committed to charitable causes including his role on the Crow’s Children’s Foundation and as Director of Still Award.

Current Roles

  • Chairman, Proud Australia Group
  • Chairman, Quality Training Group
  • Chairman, Travel Auctions Australia
  • Director, AllKids Cambodia
  • Chairman, Eckermann Group Advisory Board
  • Chairman, National Wine Centre
  • Director, Still Aware

 

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ROD JAMESON

Rod Jameson is a current member elected Director, first elected to the Adelaide Football Club Board in 2015.

Rod is a former professional footballer who played 153 games for the Adelaide Football Club, including the 1997 Premiership, and 71 games for Glenelg Football Club. Rod is a Life Member of the Adelaide Football Club.

Current positions

  • Regional Development Manager, Bendigo Adelaide Bank
  • Commentator, ABC Radio National AFL Broadcasts and SANFL Finals
  • Ambassador, Craniofacial Australia
  • Ambassador, Neil Sachse Foundation

Past positions

  • Business Director, Childhood Cancer Association
  • Business Director, Westpac Sports and Entertainment
  • Football Director, Glenelg Football Club

 

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JIM MCDOWELL

Jim McDowell was appointed to the Adelaide Football Club Board in 2017. He is currently Chancellor of the University of South Australia, a role he has held since January 2016.

He has in-depth experience in corporate governance having served, mainly as Chair on a range of boards including the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Defence CRC for Trusted Autonomous System and Total Construction Pty Ltd.  Jim is a passionate supporter of continuing education and acts in a number of advisory roles to the Minister and the Department of Defence.

During his long career, Jim has lived and worked in the UK, the USA, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Current positions

  • Chancellor, University of South Australia
  • Non Executive Director, Micro X Ltd
  • Non Executive Director, Codan Ltd
  • Non Executive Director, Austal Ltd
  • Board Member, RAA
  • Board Member, Australian Strategic Policy Institute Council
  • St Peters College Council of Governors
  • Chairman, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
  • Chairman, Total Construction Pty Ltd
  • Chairman, Defence CRC for Trusted Autonomous System

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MARK RICCIUTO

Mark Ricciuto is a current member elected Director, first elected to the Adelaide Football Club Board in 2014.

Mark is a former professional footballer who played 312 games for the Adelaide Football Club, including the 1998 Premiership. Mark is a Life Member of the Adelaide Football Club.

Following his AFL career, Mark continues his deep association and passion for the sport of AFL as media commentator for Triple M and FOX FOOTY. Mark is also a successful businessman and entrepreneur with business interests in the Alma Tavern, Port Lincoln Hotel and The Hackney Hotel.

Current positions

  • Part Owner – Alma Tavern, Port Lincoln Hotel, Hackney Hotel
  • Part Owner – Aruma River Resort
  • Presenter Triple M Breakfast Announcer
  • Fox Footy Expert Opinion and Special Comments
  • Ambassador for Adelaide Tools, Peter Kittle Toyota, UBet