AFL Barwon Commission

Craig Keating


Self Employed Pharmacist 1983-2008, partner in Consultant business providing services to health providers and Pharmacies 2009-2011, Senior Pharmacist at Newcomb Central Pharmacy 2012 to current

President, Heywood Football Netball Club 1986-2002. Vice President HFNC 1985 and 2002-2004, Chairman, Western Border Football League 2005-2009

Board member, Heywood Rural Health 1986-2012, Chairman, Heywood Pulp Mill Community Reference Group 2005-2007, Director, HeyDO (Heywood Development Office) 2006-2007, Director, Heywood Medical Services 2007-current, Chairman, Heywood & District Community Bank steering committee 2007-2009, Director, Heywood & District Community Enterprise Ltd (operating Heywood Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank) 2009-current, Board Member, Guardian Pharmacies Australia Ltd 2000-2004, Deputy Chair, Guardian Pharmacies Australia Member Advisory Committee 2005-2009, 2001

Awarded Prime Ministers Centenary medal “for services to community through Hospital and Sport”, 2004 – awarded “Citizen of the Year” for Heywood in Australia Day awards

Michelle Gerdtz


Held many roles with Netball Victoria, including General Manager of High Performance and Commercial Operations at from 2015–2016. Was the General Manager of Netball Operations at Netball Victoria two years previous, and the Manager Sponsorship & Marketing, Netball Victoria from 2013 – 2014. Two year before that Michelle was Competitions Manager for Netball Victoria until 2012. Also held the Sport Manager for the Australian University Sport at the Australian Masters Games in 2012 – 2013.

Involved in local football at a administration since 2001, when she was on the General Committee of the Bell Park Netball Section from. Michelle also served as President of the Bell Park Netball section from 2009 until 2013. In between that, Michelle been  a Board Member for Belrec Inc (Bell Park Sport & Rec Club, 2011-present),  and President of  Bell Park Sport & Recreation Club Football & Netball Sections, 2014 – 2015. She is also a Life Member Bell Park Sport & Recreation Club after Playing 100+ netball games for Bell Park.

Other relevant involvement in various committees and group that have required strategic and governance participation include­-

Community Leadership Roles

Match Operations Manager, Netball World Cup (Sydney), 2015

Program Manager, Barwon Sports Academy (Netball), 2010 – 2012

Court Liaison Manager, Netball World Cup, 2011

Nicola Wojcik


Nicola spent the majority of her childhood in Perth where she completed a degree in Asian studies, with a double major in Marketing and Japanese.

She has spent time working in the energy, water and mining sectors and in trade & investment with those roles seeing her work in Perth, London, Port Hedland, Melbourne and now Geelong.

Nicola works for WorkSafe Victoria, as the acting Director for Research.  She started out as Manager, Stakeholder Engagement & Communications and played a large part in the project team for integration of WorkSafe to Geelong and was heavily involved in all community partnerships.  She then spent time in External Affairs, in Legislations, Policy and Information Services and as the Manager, Strategic Health Programs.

She has recenetly competed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Course.

She has been involved in the judging for the Give Where You Live grants, Pako Festa and enters her third year as a Geelong Business Excellence Awards judge.

She is a mentor for the female networking group in Geelong, Business in Heels and also a mentor for the Women at WorkSafe mentoring program.

She loves to be active and takes her love of sport to the boardroom as a commissioner for AFL Barwon.  Outside of working life, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family, cycling, yoga and travelling!

Bob Hallett


Professional mechanical engineer. Worked at Ford Motor Company (Manufacturing Operations) Geelong, holding senior executive roles in the manufacturing and plant engineering areas for over 25 years, in a 36 year career. Involved in strategic business planning as well as day to day management activities.

Involved in local country football since 1992 in the following capacities at Geelong Football Umpires League, as running field umpire (324 games), senior field umpires coach and observer (2005 and 2006) and administrator (as member of Geelong Football Umpires League Board of Management from 1994 to 1997 and 2005 to 2007). Life Member of Geelong Football Umpires League 2005.

Involvement in several committees and councils that have required strategic and governance participation in the development of the critical business needs of the particular organisations involved.

These have included:-

Gordon Technical College – Council  Member (1993)

Bethany Family Support – Member of Committee of Management (2001)

The Sanctuary Counselling Centre – Member of Committee of Management (2009 to present)

Highton Country Fire Authority Fire Brigade – Treasurer, member of Brigade Management Team and fire fighter (2007 to present)

Ian McTaggart


Employed by CSIRO in agricultural animal research in both Melbourne and the Western District of Victoria for 36 years. With the opening of AAHL in Geelong, the animal exotic disease facility, was Manager of Experimental Animal Facility for 10 years. Other roles included Communication & Industry Liaison Officer and Training Coordinator.

Roles in sport and community groups included various President, Secretary and Treasurer positions with North Melbourne Cricket Club, Deakin Athletic Club, Ocean Grove Football & Netball Club, Caramut and Lonsdale Golf Clubs and Ocean Grove Primary School Council. Involved with Ocean Grove Football and Netball Club as team manager, junior co-ordinator and Club Administrator for over 25 years.   Life member of the Deakin Athletic Club, the Ocean Grove FNC and the Bellarine Football and Netball League.

Football & Netball Geelong Commissioner from 2000 to 2013:

Key projects included

Strategic plan development

Policy development (for example, racial vilification and Incorporation compliance)

Financial benchmarking for clubs.

Involvement in VCFL and AFL Vic IT reference groups in development of the current web based data bases, including regional training for implementation by administrators.

Role in development of similar Netball data bases.

Richard Underwood


Regional Production Manager at Telstra, oversees a large works program & workforce. Areas of responsibility are Telstra’s mobile’s construction, switch program, Fixed Radio and State Emergency Services Networks.

Former Commissioner of Football and Netball Geelong, former Portarlington FNC President and Secretary, Geelong Football League Central and more recently Goal Umpire.

President of the Portarlington Mussel Festival and Member of Christian College Ltd.

Pip Jankowski


Employed as Head of People and Culture as Leisure Networks since July 2019, after previously being Manager, People and Culture at Leisure Networks from September 2015 to June 2019.

Pip is a people and culture professional with more than 20 years experience, including as a senior HR Consultant with HR4Business (2013-2019), HR Contractor with the TAC (2009-11), Manager, Human Resources at Kraft Foods Limited (2005-08), Human Resources Manager at Medical One (March-May 2005), and Senior Human Resources at Steggles/Bartter Enterprises (Sep 2003-Feb 2005). Expertise covers all aspects of human resources including organisational development, leadership development, industrial relations, talent and performance management, change management and recruitment.

Her expertise and achievements include;

Leading People, Culture and Engagement initiatives using feedback and insights from data to drive decision making

Coaching and developing Executive Leadership Teams, managers and employees across businesses

Advise and coach Directors and Managers on leadership and people management behaviours and practices

Building strong HR teams and ensuring high performing teams are developing

Lead the application of Organisational Development tools, processes and initiatives (Advancement Planning, Managing & Appraising Performance, Employee Surveys, Competency Frameworks) to improve work environment/culture and build capability within businesses

Lead and facilitate the design and alignment of processes and structures and lead organisational restructuring programs that empower the workforce and deliver superior business results

David Milsome


David has been part of the AFL Barwon Commission for the past three years, and he is currently employed at Morris Finance as the General Manager Business Direct. Previously, he spent 33 years with NAB, primarily within the Business Banking area. David has held senior roles including most recently as Head of Business Banking at NAB Business in Geelong.

He has extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning, staff management and building customer relationships.

His sporting roles include 13 seasons playing senior football, including five senior premierships. He spent 16 years on the football committee at North Shore FC, seven years as treasurer and six as president. David is a North Shore Life Member and Hall of Fame inductee, as well as being a life member of the Geelong Football League.

David has also had twenty years of senior cricket at North Geelong Cricket Club. He was on the committee for five years, and has been the junior cricket president for the past four seasons. He is also a life member of the club.

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