Our Board

Russel Howcroft – Chair

Russel’s current roles include being a presenter on Melbourne’s no.1 rated 3AW radio breakfast program, chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School and the cofounder of The Grid Melbourne, a festival designed to bring entrepreneurs and innovators together. He has held multiple senior roles across the industry having served as PwC’s first Chief Creative Officer (facilitating PwC’s investment in Thinkerbell), Executive General Manager at Network 10, served as a board director on the ASX-listed Enero and as CEO of one of Australia’s leading agency groups, Y&R Brands where he was also a member of the global management team. Russel has also chaired or sat on the boards of a number of key advertising, film and television industry bodies including being the inaugural Chair of ThinkTV, the Australian Film Institute, the Screen Forever Advisory Board, the ASX listed, Enero and he Chaired the AFA.

David Rennick

David brings over 30 years’ experience in the professional services and property industries to his role on the Jim Stynes Foundation board. David is also a Director of Hester Hornbrook Academy, Melbourne Football Club, a Board adviser to Proximity and Carr Design and a senior advisor to Inspired Companies. David was previously a director of an ASX 200 company, Board Member of international law firm Pinsent Masons and CEO of Maddocks. David’s legal expertise includes property development, corporate real estate and retail property.

John Trotter

Previously John was part of the Board of Director Deloitte and Melbourne Football Club Board 2008 – 2022. Global consultant , focussing on corporate governance, risk management, strategic growth and structures for driving growth. Trotter also played a key role in bringing the ‘Peace Team’ from the Middle East, which participated in the AFL International Cup.

Rachael O’Hayon

Rachael brings 25 years of banking and finance experience across Australia. 16 years at Executive Levels JBWere, Nab and Bluerock Finance. Expertise includes Investment Banking, Wealth Management, Private Banking, and Finance covering Retail, Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Business Services, Agriculture and Health. Rachael also had involvement in bringing the ‘Peace Team’ from the Middle East, which participated in the AFL International Cup.

Steve Morris

Steve is an experienced director, and has been a member of Melbourne Football Club board since 2014. Currently acting as Vice President for Melbourne, Steve is also the Chair of the Investment Sub Committee, a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Fundraising Working Group, and is the Board’s representative Trustee of the Red and Blue Foundation.

He is also responsible for managing his family’s business interests as Non-Executive Chairman of Auric Mining Ltd. He was the founder of Peloton Shareholder Services, offering shareholder management and capital raising solutions to a range of ASX listed companies. Steve’s previous experience is predominantly in stockbroking and financial markets including as Head of Private Clients Australia for Patersons Securities, one of Australia’s largest retail stockbroking firms and as Managing Director of Intersuisse Ltd.

He has held senior executive positions within the Little Group and was Chairman of Purifloh Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of De Grey Mining until 2019. He holds a Diploma in Financial Markets, is a Master Stockbroker and Responsible Executive of the ASX. Steve is co-founder of Club Lunch – an active supporter group that is part of the Melbourne Business Community and raises funds that are put into Melbourne Football Club's Football Department. He has also been a player sponsor, is a Foundation Member of our AFLW team and is a Foundation Hero.

Jack Viney

Jack Viney joined the Melbourne Football Club in 2012 and has spent the past 11 years leading the football program across various responsibilities, both on and off the field. He most recently took on the role as vice-captain in 2020 and helped lead the team to premiership success in 2021.

With a deep connection to the club, from growing up in the red and blue, to developing into the influential leader he is today, Jack has become an important figure within the broader Demon legacy.

Jack brings a business-mind to the foundation, currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce and using his time away from football to further develop his personal skills.

Kate Hore

Kate Hore joined the Melbourne Football Club ahead of the 2018 season, having grown up playing both AFL and Basketball. Kate was celebrated as a natural and authentic leader throughout her early years with the club, formalising these aspects of her role as Vice-Captain in 2022 before she was named Captain for the 2023 season.

Off the field Kate has obtained a double degree in Health Science and Business (Marketing) from Monash University and juggles her football demands with a Marketing and Administration role at the Australian Fitness Academy.

Kate’s love of innovation, connection and leadership have cemented her as an integral club leader, as well as a well-respected figure within the wider sports industry.

Narelle Long

Narelle Long is an Anmatyerre and Maranunggu Aboriginal woman born and raised in Darwin, with family ties to the Tiwi Islands, Daly River and Ti Tree communities.

Narelle currently manages the AFL’s National Indigenous Talent Pathway programs and has worked across this space for the last 10 years, creating and establishing opportunitiesfor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Narelle also spent time at the Port Adelaide Football Club working across their Indigenous programs, which involved travelling to remote communities across the APY Lands, Maralinga Lands and up through the Barkley Region to deliver Indigenous programs in schools.

Beyond her working role Narelle became the first Aboriginal Australian woman to set foot on Antarctica in 2010. Narelle spent two weeks aboard a Russian Ice Breaker with 40 other young leaders from 20 different countries as part of the 2041 Foundation expedition.

Terry Bracks

Terry Bracks is an experienced Non-Executive Director. She is currently the Founding Chair of Western Chances, the Executive Officer of the Balibo House Trust, Patron of Heide Gallery and Patron of the Williamstown Literary Festival.

Terry has previously been a Board Member of Breast Cancer Network Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the Melbourne Theatre Company Foundation, and a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Terry worked as a teacher in regional Victoria and for Federal MPs.

She received a Centenary Medal, was inducted onto the Women’s Honour Roll, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Victoria University and made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Amy Wettenhall

Amy is a Telecommunications executive with more than 15 years of experience delivering revenue growth, pioneering transformation and motivating top-performing teams across the TMT ecosystem, including Broadcast, Media, Telco, Banking and Enterprise IT.

Currently Executive & Group Owner, Mobility at Telstra, Amy is accountable for leading Telstra’s roadmap of products and services for the mobile portfolio across all brands, optimising the economics of the portfolio, leading the development of the 5G monetisation strategy, enhancing customer experiences across all episodes, as well as managing the key elements of the company’s digitisation program. In this role Amy is responsible for the end to end Mobility profitability for the portfolio with FY22 revenues in excess of $10bn.

Amy previously held executive roles as Senior Vice President at Macquarie Group, Commercial Director of Ericsson’s Market Area in Europe and Latin America, and Head of Commercial at the UK’s national broadcaster, the BBC, and was recognised as one of the Top 10 Women in Telco to watch in 2021.

Having spent the last 15 years based in London, Amy has returned to her childhood home of Melbourne, for the arrival of her second child and is now mother to both Millie (11) and Alfred (1).