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CLUB DIRECTORS

Peter Summers
President

Peter Summers is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer AV Jennings Limited. He has been a Director of the company since August 1998 and an employee of the company and its related corporations since 1984. During that time he has held various management roles in, and directorships of, these companies.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in February 2009, Peter was the Company's Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director. Mr. Summers is a Chartered Accountant having worked previously with Price Waterhouse, has extensive experience in general and financial management as well as mergers and acquisitions and will head our Auditing Committee.

He was appointed St Kilda president at the end of Greg Westaway's tenure in 2013.

Matt Finnis
Director and Chief Executive Officer

Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the St Kilda Football Club in April 2014 after previously holding the position of Chief Executive Officer at the AFL Players’ Association from September 2009. During his time at the PA Matt drove an agenda which resulted in the agreement to introduce free agency to the AFL to secure recognition for the significant part AFL footballers play in the phenomenal and growing success of the code. He also represented player interests in a range of issues, including commercial rights and individual grievances, and chaired the AFLPA Agent Accreditation Board.

Prior to joining the PA Matt worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government.

Matt also has extensive experience in supporting community causes and organisations having been chairman of Ladder – an AFL Players charitable initiative to tackle youth homelessness and a director of AFL SportsReady – the AFL industry’s group training company. He is a director of Surfing Australia – the peak governing body for the sport of surfing, and has been a director and company secretary of Surf Life Saving Victoria since 2002. 

Matt was also a founding director of HeartKids Australia, a charity supporting children born with congenital heart disease.

Dean Anderson

Anderson played 67 games for the Saints from 1993 to 1996 after arriving from Hawthorn where he played 83 games across five years, including the 1989 and 1991 premierships.

He has over 10 years coaching experience in the Victorian Amateur Football Association as well as a further 10 years coaching junior football.

Anderson’s extensive football history is complemented with a successful business career. He is currently Client Director, Large Corporates at HSBC Bank Australia Limited and has worked in the Banking and Finance industry for 26 years including 15 with National Australia Bank Limited.

Andrew Bassat

Andrew is the CEO of SEEK Limited and an Executive Director, having co-founded the company with his brother Paul.

Launched in 1997 and listed in 2005, SEEK is the world’s largest employment marketplace by revenue, profit and market capitalisation.

Since its inception, Andrew has driven strategy for the online employment marketplace and led the creation and development of the international and education businesses.

In 2013, Andrew was named the Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Prior to co-founding SEEK, Andrew was a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton and before that he worked as a solicitor at Corrs Chamber Westgarth.

Russell Caplan

Russell Caplan graduated in Law from Melbourne University in 1968 and in that same year commenced work at Shell. His career with Shellhas spanned much geography and many disciplines, having lived and worked in Australia, the UK, Europe and the USA.

In January 2006 Russell returned home to Melbourne to take up the position of Chairman of Shell in Australia and after 42 years with the company, he retired in 2010.

Russell is Chairman of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust and chairs the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment.

He also sits on the Boards of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.  Russell was a former director of Woodside Petroleum Limited.

Wherever he has been in the world, Russell has always passionately followed the St Kilda Football Club.

Liz Dawson

Liz is the most recent addition to the St Kilda Football Club Board.

She has extensive corporate governance experience across a wide variety sports organisations including NZ Cricket, NZ Olympic Committee, NZ Hurricanes, Central Pulse and Westpac Stadium Trust.

Liz has held senior and consulting roles in marketing and executive management in Sports, Retail, FMCG and Financial Services companies, in both New Zealand and Australia, including being a member of the Bid Team delivering New Zealand’s successful proposal to host the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

Paul Kirk

A Corporate Advisor, Paul Kirk is a specialist in business strategy and business improvement. He is a Chartered Accountant and previously held the position of senior Partner of PwC, where he led the firm's global Restructuring Practice from Tokyo and New York for a number of years.

He is currently a Special Advisor to Lazard, a leading Corporate Advisory firm and is also the Managing Director of his own corporate restructuring consultancy, Collins Pitt Associates.

A lifelong Saints fan, Paul is passionate about sport and amongst other Directorships, Paul was a Director in the inaugural launch year of the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Limited.

Danni Roche OAM

A lifetime St Kilda supporter, Danni Roche is an Olympic Gold medallist and was a member of the Australian women's hockey team that secured gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In that same year Danni was also awarded an Order of Australia in recognition of her services to Sport.

With over ten years of experience working in the financial sector, Danni has held finance and commercial positions with Telstra and has also been a Director at UBS, a Partner at Evans and Partners and a Director of a privately owned fraud and risk management business.

Danni has been a Director of Hockey Australia for seven years and holds a Master of Business Administration.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson was recruited by the Saints in the 1996 AFL Draft and played 221 games over a 10-year career.

Noted for his work ethic and consistency, Thompson was voted St Kilda's 2000 Best & Fairest, was part of the Club's pre-season cup winning side of 2004 and is also a life member of the Saints.

Thompson retired in 2007 and within weeks had joined the Burke-Westaway 'Football First' ticket which was successful in its bid to challenge the incumbent Board.

Jack Rush

Upon graduating in Law from Monash University B.Juris, LLB, Jack has practised as a barrister in major litigation in all areas of law in jurisdictions throughout the country. He is a Queen’s Counsel, a former Chairman of the Victorian Bar Council and from 2013 to 2015 served as a Supreme Court Judge returning to the Bar on 1 February 2016.

Jack has served in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve for in excess of 30 years and holds the rank of Commodore. He is currently Deputy Judge Advocate General – Navy.

Prior to joining the St Kilda Football Club Board, Jack was Chair of the AFL Grievance Tribunal and provided legal advice to the AFL on a range of football matters. Jack also has a long association with the Victorian Amateur Football Association having served on the executive of the Association and is a former president of the Old Xaverian Football Club.

Jack is a lifelong supporter of the Saints.