Richmond Football Club premiership player & Founder of Bachar Houli Foundation
Bachar Houli is an Australian Rules Footballer for the Richmond Football Club, famously known as the first devout Muslim to play the game at the highest level. Houli was drafted in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft with selection No. 42 by the Essendon Football Club. After four years and 26 games with the Bombers he made the move to Richmond where he has forged a remarkable career, playing over 200 games.
Off the field, Houli is a devout Muslim and the founder of the Bachar Houli Foundation. Houli is regarded as a leader and role model for the Australian community due to his inspiring work promoting social cohesion and harmony.
Houli’s dedication and commitment to his community work with Muslim youth has enabled him to become one of Australia’s most prominent public figures. He has been internationally recognised and awarded the Beyond Sport achievement award for the Bachar Houli Islamic Programs in Philadelphia, USA and High Excellence Award for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding.
Strategic Community Engagement Manager – Richmond Football Club
General Manager – Bachar Houli Foundation
Ali is the Strategic Community Engagement Manager at the Richmond Football Club as well as the General Manager of the Bachar Houli Foundation.
Ali has over 10 years’ experience as the National Diversity Programs Manager at the AFL, as well as extensive experience in the development of multicultural programs in the multicultural sector. Ali brings his experiences and learning from the AFL on social leadership, employment and engagement programs to broaden opportunities for multicultural youth.
Ali has previous experience as the managing director of the Islamic Museum of Australia overseeing the strategic direction and engagement.
AFL’S General counsel and General Manager of Game Development
Andrew Dillon is the AFL’s General Counsel and General Manager of Game Development.
Andrew, who has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, completed an articled clerkship at Corrs Chambers Westgarth before working as an in-house legal counsel at Village Roadshow.
Andrew Dillon has become one of AFL’s most influential people. Andrew was appointed the AFL’s general manager of legal and business affairs in June 2004, with responsibility for legal and business operations.
He has served as general counsel of the AFL since November 2011 and his other roles include general manager of national and international development and general manager of legal, integrity and compliance.
Andrew was appointed general manager of game development in 2017, on top of his position as general counsel. Andrews role involves overseeing community and state football, diversity programs, legal, risk, integrity, security and government.
Chief Operating Officer – Richmond Football Club
Michael Stahl is currently Chief Operating Officer at the Richmond Football Club. In this role his responsibilities include overseeing the Club’s finances, facilities, information technology, compliance, and the company secretarial functions.
Michael participates in the Club’s Audit, Governance, Finance, Risk & Compliance, and Football Finance Sub Committees. Michael was previously employed in Ernst & Young’s Sport, Events & Facilities Practice, where he specialised in the provision of feasibility studies, financial modelling, and economic impact assessments.
Slavica (Sec) Maljanek
General Manager Human Resources – Richmond Football Club
Sec is a experienced human resource professional with over 15 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles focusing on growing people and businesses to reach their potential. Sec has worked in education, operations, gaming, hospitality, consulting, corporate services and sport.
She has a strong track record in delivering results particularly in the areas of: strategic performance management, culture, engagement, talent and succession management, leadership development, human capital integration of M&A, workforce strategies and solutions and people leadership.
Sec has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Education) and a Graduate Diploma in Management (Human Resources) and several accreditations in psychometric assessments, emotional intelligence, training and assessment and work measurement.
Chief Executive Officer – Catapult Sports
Joe has extensive experience managing and operating multinational businesses in the technology sector.
Prior to Catapult, Joe spent 10 years with SEEK Ltd. In that time he was Managing Director of SEEK Education where he oversaw various education businesses including SEEK Learning, CATHO Education in Brazil, JobStreet Learning in Malaysia, OCC Education in Mexico and Online Education Services (Swinburne Online). Joe also spent six years as Managing Director of SEEK Employment, responsible for the day-to-day management of SEEK’s core Online Employment business in Australia and New Zealand, including overseeing the sales, marketing, product, customer service, operations and IT teams.
Joe also has significant board experience with Online Education Services and IDP Education and is a current director of the Richmond Football Club.
Joe is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania.