My name is Martin Carter and I reside in Werribee, having lived here for 28 years.
I was originally an inner suburban boy having moved from Northcote post my studies, marriage and the beginning of my working life.
I have been involved as a Board Member for approximately 13 years spanning from 1992 to current times. I was a past President of the Werribee Sports Club and also served on other sporting boards in an executive capacity. My current portfolio is Strategic Planning and am intimately involved in our prime revenue source, The Tigers Clubhouse.
My working career post a commerce degree has been in banking, finance and fleet with senior roles at Citibank, ORIX, Toyota, Manheim, Thrifty WA and most recently Morris Finance. At Citibank l was responsible for the launch of the first revolving line of credit, Mortgage Power and at Thrifty as CEO l led the company through a period of record growth and profitability post the GFC.
On the football front our mission statement, "to enhance the reputation of our community by developing excellence in people through sport" was developed as part of my portfolio's responsibility. Finally, l am passionate about the Werribee Football Club and am determined to see us have sustainable success both on and off the field.
Ian joined the board at the beginning of the 2013 season.
He has been involved in football in one way or another since he was a young boy. In his early days, he lived in the western district and started playing football at the age of 11 in the Under 18's for the Scott's Creek Football Club (now defunct). He and his family moved to Geelong in 1966 where he joined the Barwon Football Club (now known as South Barwon). At 17, he was recruited to the Geelong Under 19's and was eventually promoted to the Reserves where he played about 20 games, in between bouts of hamstring injuries and broken jaws.
In 1975, Ian and his wife Micki moved to Werribee to live. He played a few games with the Werribee seniors in the 1976 season before returning to his old club, South Barwon. After finishing his playing career, he got involved in coaching and managing under-age teams that his sons, Matthew and Aaron, played for at Wyndhamvale and Werribee Juniors.
Throughout Ian's professional career, which spans 40 years, he has worked in the IT industry. He is currently working as an IT consultant at Brimbank City Council.
Ian has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Werribee for the past 25 years and was President in 1993. It has been a rewarding association because the club is continually raising funds to provide financial support for many local causes and volunteer organisations.
Having lived in Werribee for many years and having followed the Werribee team's fortunes and misfortunes from a distance, Ian felt that it was time to actively contribute to the successful operation of the club. In particular, he wants to help set and support achievable strategic goals that benefit the club and the community as a whole. There are, and will continue to be, many challenges facing the football club and he is very keen to assist in working with his fellow Board members, club management, staff, players and supporters to resolve those challenges.
Michael brings more than 15 years of management experience in the healthcare and disability sectors to his new role along with previous board and council experience. Since May 2016, he has served as CEO of Very Special Kids, a not-for-profit organisation that supports children with life-threatening conditions by providing a children’s hospice and professional family support services.
He also has a long history with Werribee Gold Sponsor MatchWorks – which provides specialist employment services to people with a disability, medical condition or injury – where he previously spent eight years as executive director and a further five years prior to that as operations manager.
A resident of Wyndham since 2006, Michael is passionate about sport and understands the important role it plays in the local community. He has participated in a range of different sports but has been most heavily involved in cricket, having played in the UK and at the district level locally in addition to taking on coaching roles at two clubs in the Geelong Cricket Association.
Roland joined the Werribee board in 2006. A long-time resident of Werribee, he now lives in Essendon. He is a civil engineer and commercial builder and has worked in the civil construction industry for 40 years, which has seen him take on project management roles across Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
Roland’s chief portfolio in his time on the board has been capital works development at Chirnside Park. Most recently, he has worked closely with the City of Wyndham and AFL Victoria to help deliver the $11.75 million redevelopment of Avalon Airport Oval.
Mia Shaw joined the board at the start of the 2022 season. Mia is also Board Secretary and a member of the Board’s Audit & Risk Sub-Committee.
Mia grew up in Werribee and her family has been part of the Wyndham community for more than 100 years. Her family has also been involved in the Werribee Football Club in various roles across many years.
Mia has worked for some of Australia's largest organisations and has had extensive experience in communication, community engagement and advocacy. Mia has a Graduate Diploma (Public Relations) from RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from Deakin University. Mia has completed and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, which provides a comprehensive grounding in the roles and duties of board directors, including good governance and transparency.
Mia is currently serving her second term on Wyndham City Council, having first been elected in 2016, and was Mayor for the 2018/19 term. Integrity and good governance is at the heart of Mia’s work, and her decision-making and consultation processes are always ethical and transparent.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant, tax advisor and registered auditor with over 30 years' experience advising SMEs from most industry sectors. He heads the Werribee office of Findex (formerly Crowe Horwath) Australia's largest accounting and financial services network.
Peter has clients in property development, medical, legal, manufacturing, retail, tourism and hospitality, market gardeners and primary producers. He advises them on business purchase and sale, mergers and joint ventures, valuations, business structuring, management accounting, budgeting and cashflow management, tax planning and minimisation strategies, income tax, CGT, GST, FBT small business concessions, and auditing. As well as succession issues, asset protection, and planning for their financial future.
At the start of 2020 we welcomed Jack Elliott onto the Board. Jack has been a passionate Werribee supporter from early childhood, with decades of strong family ties to the club.
At a prosperous time in his career, Jack possesses a wealth of experience working in the global sports industry. Having previously worked at three AFL clubs (Sydney Swans, Hawthorn and North Melbourne), Jack will play a pivotal role in driving Werribee Football Clubs football and high performance strategy.
Jack currently works for Australia’s largest sports marketing agency – TLA Worldwide, as a Talent/Athlete Manager. Jack represents over 25 athletes across a range of different sports, including some of the country’s biggest names such as Emma McKeon, Mack Horton, Cate & Bronte Campbell, Scott McLaughlin, Liz Watson and Sharni Layton. He also works alongside sporting legends and national icons such as Michael Klim, Mitchell Johnson, Susie O’Neill and Sharelle McMahon.
Monika is a Melbourne based writer and researcher of segregated and marginalised communities across Australia and Europe. She focuses on industrial communities and their past heritage, and how they flourish in their abject margins. Monika wrote the social history of Melbourne’s first sewerage farm community in her book, The faraway land of the house and two cows.
Monika has been working for the past 30 years as a project manager and stakeholder engagement and change specialist, giving voice to communities that haven’t been heard. She works in issues rich and complex environments for the corporate, community and government sectors in areas of heritage, education, water, waste and the environment.
Monika is currently working with a team to uncover the history, personalities and science of the State Research Farm in Werribee, Australia. The site is of state heritage significance for scientific research and advancement, and illustrates a change from European agricultural practices to those specific to Australia's climate and conditions.
Emily Buysen joined the board at the start of the 2022 season. Emily grew up in Altona Meadows and has resided in Truganina for the last 10 years.
Emily has over 16 years’ experience in the AFL industry, primarily focused on utilising data insights and engagement strategies to grow consumer bases and drive revenue. Emily was a member of the Executive team at the North Melbourne Football Club and is now Manager, Operations and Strategy at The Huddle, the community arm of the North Melbourne Football Club.
She is passionate about leading the design and implementation of strategies to drive operational excellence, utilising data effectively to improve business decisions and strengthen community outcomes.
Emily holds a Master of Business Administration, attended the Disney Institute Business Excellence course in Orlando and is a recipient of the Jill Lindsay Scholarship Award.