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Bulldogs Wishing Tree

Help spread the Christmas cheer through the Bulldogs Wishing Tree

9:32am  Nov 28, 2017

Bulldogs students shine at Ballarat Youth Awards

WBCF Leadership Project students have been rewarded for their impressive work.

9:25am  Nov 28, 2017

Bulldogs host CALDplay Gala

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation’s CALDplay sports program has almost finished for 2017

9:19am  Nov 28, 2017

Western Bulldogs Community Foundation Board

The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation is managed by a board of directors. We are proud to have the following members on the Foundation’s Board:

  • Gaye Hamilton - Chair WBCF
  • Peter Welsh - Director WBCF
  • Paul Henderson - Director WBCF
  • Del Irani - Director WBCF
  • Jenny Taing - Director WBCF
  • Jim Williamson - Director WBCF
  • Maree Hallebone – Secretary WBCF
  • Adrian Fitzpatrick - Director WBCF
  • John Williams - Director WBCF
  • Robert Murphy - Director WBCF

Gaye Hamilton - Chair

Gaye has extensive experience in community development in the western suburbs, most notably working for Zoos and Museums Victoria as Director of Governance.  She has also held numerous positions as a non-executive director on various boards for over 20 years. Gaye’s contributions to the community have been recognised many times, including the Western Bulldogs Community Award (2003) and Telstra Business Woman of The Year – Community & Government sector (2003).

Adrian Fitzpatrick - Director

Adrian Fitzpatrick FCA has recently returned to Victoria University Whitten Oval as a director of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation after serving as a Western Bulldogs Football Club Director from 1989-1996.  A Chartered accountant with over 40 years’ experience, Adrian is a founding partner of Pitcher Partners as well as a member of Xavier College’s School Council and Finance Committee.

Paul Henderson - Director

With over 30 years’ experience in law and managing a large legal practice, former partner and director of Slater & Gordon, Paul Henderson acts as a director of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation. He is a director of Equal Access Funding Pty Ltd and a member of the Emergency Services Communication Authority, which manages all triple zero calls for Victorian emergency services. He is also an advisory member of the AFLPA Players Trust Fund.

Robert Murphy - Director

Robert Murphy is a 312 game AFL football player and previous captain of the Western Bulldogs Football Club. His leadership both on-and-off field has proven influential in supporting the Club’s goals of winning a Premiership. During his time at the club, Bob participated in numerous community camps, now that he has retired from the Football Club, he has dedicated his time to giving back to the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation. 

Peter Welsh - Director

Peter holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Diploma of Education.  Peter has considerable experience in job creation and development for the West; serving on the advisory panel for several Western Region job creation programs and chairing the Board of YesWest.  Previously a member of the Footscray Football Club Community Board (1990-1996), Peter was also Chairman of the Board of Management at the Williamstown CYMS Amateur Football Club.

Jim Williamson - Director

Jim is the Company Director of CODESO and has had an extensive career in public policy, community development and education.  Jim has held senior manager responsibilities in Community Development, Employment and Training at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He was also a Senior Policy Manager - Youth Transition at Mission Australia and lectured in Education at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education.

Kashif Bouns - General Manager

Kashif has over ten years of experience in management, marketing and community development in the not-for-profit, corporate and sports industries.  He played an instrumental role in managing the expansion of AFL’s multicultural programs nationally, winning the Virgin Australia Sports Leadership Award at the 2015 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards. Kashif volunteers his time for several community causes in the sport and social cohesion sectors including the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Multicultural Affairs.

Maree Hallebone - Secretary

Maree is an experienced risk, assurance and finance professional with extensive experience in providing effective and valuable business support in relation to internal controls, risk and financial management. She is the Secretary of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and the Western Bulldogs General Manager Project Office, Risk and Compliance.

Del Irani - Director

Del Irani is a multi-award-winning journalist and has worked on programs for Fox News, CBS, Channel News Asia, Thomson Reuters, Times Now and BBC World News. She is currently a Presenter for ABC News, the creator and presenter of the award-winning talk show #TalkAboutIt and a regular fill-in presenter and host on ABC radio.

Jenny Taing - Director

Jenny is a Senior Lawyer at Vanguard Investments Australia. She is a director of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and Screen Australia.  Jenny also holds a number of appointments at the University of Melbourne.  Jenny is also a former Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and in 2016, attended Harvard Business School as the Hugh DT Williamson Scholar.

John Williams PSM - Director

John Williams was awarded a Public Service Medal for his work with multicultural communities in helping them to settle in Australia. He has spent 45 years in various roles in the Immigration Department, including numerous senior roles and overseas appointments.  John currently serves as a Board member of National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters and chairs the Audit and Risk committee.