Former Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) Chief Executive Andrew Westacott is set to join the Western Bulldogs’ Board of Directors at the Club’s 2023 Annual General Meeting.
Westacott, an unabashed Bulldogs supporter whose father John played for Footscray in the 1950s, has developed an impeccable reputation as an outstanding administrator and leader over a long period of time, having led the growth of Australia’s Formula 1 and MotoGP events on the global stage for 12 years.
His impending addition to the Board as a member-elected Director will be ratified at the AGM on December 18.
“We’re thrilled to have Andrew join our Board in December. He has a strong passion for the red, white and blue, and is excited to play a key role in the future direction of our Club,” said Bulldogs’ President Kylie Watson-Wheeler.
“Andrew clearly has a strong skillset which will add significant value to our current Board, and we will welcome his knowledge and expertise.
“With Andrew’s addition to our Board, we can confirm that we won’t have an election at our AGM this year, which is a great sign of stability as we move into 2024.”
Director Jerril Rechter (AM), whose current tenure on the Board concludes at the end of 2023, has nominated for another term and will be re-elected unopposed. She has been a Director of the Bulldogs for the last six years, having been appointed in 2018.
“We’re also pleased to have Jerril nominate for another term as a Director. She has made a terrific impact across many areas of the Club during her time on the Board, and we’re excited to have her continue the strong work she is already doing.”
Rechter is also a Board member of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and plays a key role in the governance of the Club’s AFLW football program.
She is currently Head of Business Development at The Walt Disney Company, and has previously held executive positions at Basketball Australia, VicHealth, Leadership Victoria, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts and the Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Rechter was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2020 for significant service to community health, sports administration and the arts.