Former Saints defender and life member Jason Blake has been nominated to join the Club’s Board of Directors at next month’s Annual General Meeting.

Blake has been nominated by the Board as a replacement for retiring director Danni Roche, who is stepping down after serving nine years as a Club director.

St Kilda President Andrew Bassat expressed his appreciation to Danni on behalf of all Saints’ members, acknowledging the role she played in supporting several critical decisions over the course of her tenure - including the relocation back to RSEA Park, Moorabbin, the establishment of the Danny Frawley Centre for Health and Wellbeing, as well as the formation of St Kilda’s inaugural AFL Women’s program.

“Danni’s combination of business acumen and experience at the highest level of sport has been invaluable to St Kilda and the growth of our club.  Her involvement in key legacy projects has contributed to the strong foundations upon which we aim to achieve success in coming years.”

Bassat noted that in filling the vacancy left by Danni’s retirement, the Board was determined to secure another director with elite professional sporting experience and as such was very pleased to recommend Blake for election.  

Blake registered 219 games for the club across his 14-year playing career, before transitioning into a career in construction and property development.

“Jason is a person held in extremely high regard among all who love the red, white and black,” Bassat said.

On the field, Jason exemplified pure professionalism and diligence, while off-field, his commitment to his teammates and his club were undeniable, as was his advocacy on behalf of all players via his role as a director of the AFLPA.

- Andrew Bassat

“We believe Jason has all the qualities to make a significant contribution to our Board, with his business and football knowledge having him ideally positioned to assist us in the pursuit of the success our members crave.

Blake's nomination will be put to Club members at next month’s AGM, alongside existing Directors Mr Jack Rush QC and Mr Dean Anderson who will submit themselves for re-election in accordance with the rotational requirements under the Club’s rules.

In publishing its Notice of Meeting today the Club also revealed its intention to promote EY Managing Partner, FSO Assurance Asia-Pacific, Sarah Lowe to the Board in a succession plan for the key role of Chair of the Club’s Audit & Risk Committee.

“Sarah is an accomplished professional with a wealth of experience in the finance sector and has already demonstrated her value to the Club as an independent member of our Audit Committee whilst the Club has navigated the challenges of COVID over the past two years, “Bassat said.

Her appointment will ensure continuity in financial governance through a transition period of directors over coming years.

St Kilda Football Club’s AGM will be held on Thursday 16 December.