Changes at the top 

Williamstown Football Club Board of Directors has experienced a turnover of two director positions in the past month. 


After five years of dedicated service, renowned Club identity and former Premiership Captain Coach Terry Wheeler has stepped down. 


President Clint Rippon acknowledged the wonderful service provided by Terry. “Our Club is immensely grateful for the outstanding contribution provided by Terry over his tenure,” Rippon said. 


“Many people are fully aware of Terry’s on-field achievements, but I would contend that he has contributed even more off the field through his Board position, his work on our History and Recognition Committee and by heading up Club 1864. 


“It’s people like Terry that make our Club so special.” 


In addition, our Facilities Director Darren Whitelegg has also stepped down after three years on the Board. 


“We are very thankful for the expertise, insight and support that Darren brought to the Club during his time with us,” Rippon said.


"He will always be part of the Seagull family and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”


(Terry Wheeler)


(Darren Whitelegg)


In replacing the two Directors, the Club is thrilled to announce the appointment of 2003 Premiership Captain and former games record holder Troy West, along with local resident and current Executive Director of Property & Corporate Affairs at Melbourne Racing Club, Alex Dobson. 


Rippon spoke of the appointment process: “Our Club continues to lead the way in our governance structures and professionalism. The Independent Nominations Committee led by Simon Stevens and Kristie Eales have done a marvellous job in assessing the skillset of Director applicants and matching them to our Club’s strategic needs. 


“We have gained two terrific Directors in Alex and Troy who are locals in our community, are passionate about our Club and will be great assets.” 


Troy West, who has been serving in a non-Director role on the Club’s VFLW Sub-committee, was excited to be joining the Board of the Club that he enjoyed so much time at during his playing and assistant coaching career at the Seagulls. 


“I am excited to take on this new role as a Director,” Troy said. 


“I feel I can bring not only my footy experience, but also my 20 years as a Williamstown resident, over 20 years working as a teacher, as well as being a father and my involvement in local community sport to this role, and ensuring that we are representing our coaches, players (both past and present), members, sponsors and supporters as they would expect.”


(Troy West)


Having worked in management roles within the property industry for more than 20 years, focusing on strategic planning, development upgrades and asset management activities, Alex Dobson is an ideal fit to fill the role of Facility Sub-Committee Chairperson at the Club, especially now with so many significant infrastructure projects on the go. 


Dobson said: “I have been a local Williamstown resident since 2007 and I look forward to utilising my knowledge and experience in contributing to the future success of the Club.” 


(Alex Dobson)


The 10 person Board is now comprised of: 

President – Clint Rippon 

Vice Presidents – Merryl Dooley, Michael Howlett 

Mel Backhouse – VFLW Football 

Sara Borowiak - Marketing & Community 

Alex Dobson - Facilities 

Ben Kane - Finance 

Kim Kershaw – VFL Football 

Troy West – VFL Football 

Emma Woolley – Strategy Risk & Governance                                                                                                  


Rippon said: “I am extremely proud and excited with the caliber of personnel that we have assembled on our Board. We have a terrific breadth of knowledge, experience and diversity amongst our Directors, and I am delighted that we continue to lead the industry as the most gender balanced Board.” 

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