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CLUB DIRECTORS

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Andrew Bassat
President

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.

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Russell Caplan
Vice President

Russell Caplan joined the Saints board in 2013.  He is Chairman of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust, Chairman of Horizon Roads Pty Ltd, a Director of rail freight company Aurizon Ltd and is a board member of the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.  

He had a 42 year executive career with the Shell Oil Company in Europe, the USA and Australia, retiring as Chairman of Shell in Australia in 2010.  

Russell was formerly Chairman of Orica Ltd, Chairman of the Australian Institute of Petroleum, Chairman of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment and a Director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd.  

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

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Matt Finnis
Director and Chief Executive Officer

Matt Finnis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the St Kilda Football Club in 2014.

Prior to joining St Kilda, Matt was CEO of the AFL Players’ Association representing the interests of current, future and former AFL players in a range of industrial, commercial and development matters.

Before his roles in the AFL Matt worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government.

Matt also has extensive experience on boards supporting community causes and organisations including; Ladder (Chairman), AFL SportsReady (Director), Surfing Australia (Director), Surf Life Saving Victoria (Director & Company Secretary) and HeartKids Australia (Founding director).

Matt was recently appointed to the board of the VEOHRC (Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission).

Matt has been a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group since 2015 working with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality and in 2016 was awarded the Straight Ally of the Year at the GLOBE Community Awards.

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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.
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Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer is an experienced non executive director with over twenty five years in the technology and media industries. After starting her career as a lawyer (at Allens and Mallesons), Jennifer went on to hold key executive leadership roles at Sensis and Telstra. Her roles at Telstra included P&L responsibility for its $3 billion fixed voice business, establishment of Telstra’s technology support business Platinum, responsibility for its internal consulting and change team and most recently as Telstra's Executive Director of Customer Experience.

Jennifer is currently a Director of Hansen Technologies (ASX:HSN), Essential Energy, Optciomm and Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation,  and a past Director of Telstra SNP Monitoring, Pacific Access Superannuation Fund, bayside charity Family Life and Kilvington Grammar.

Jennifer brings to the Board expertise in driving customer centered thinking and growth and an understanding of technology supported by her background in legal and regulatory. She is a passionate Saints supporter.

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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.

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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.

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Adam Hilton

Adam Hilton is the CEO and Partner of Stratosphere Advertising agency. Stratosphere is one of Australia’s largest independent full service agencies, representing brands such as Chemist Warehouse, The Good Guys, RSEA Safety, among others. 

Previously, Adam was Managing Director and Founder of full service advertising agency Noisy Beast. After significant domestic and international growth, Noisy Beast was ranked in the top 10 fastest growing companies in Australia (AFR) in 2015/16. The company was acquired by Swisse Wellness in 2017.

Prior to that Adam spent more than a decade at Network Ten in charge of the Network’s Sport / AFL revenue requirements before transitioning into the role of National Commercial Director.

Adam is a passionate Saints person, having spent most of his weekends at Moorabbin (RSEA park) as a kid. Adam went on to play reserves footy at Hawthorn before returning to the VAFA to captain Old Haileybury and represent the Big V.