The Western Bulldogs Community Foundation has appointed a new GM, with Louise Perry assuming the executive leadership role of GM Community Foundation & Government Relations after Kashif Bouns' departure last month.  

Perry, a former journalist, brings considerable executive experience across the not for profit and government sectors to the role, as well as extensive knowledge of the Community Foundation itself having served as a director on its Board for close to three years.  

"I am exceptionally proud to lead the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation and be part of an organisation that uses the power of sport for good, delivering life-changing programs and impact that inspires," Perry said following her appointment.  

"Already one of the leading sporting community organisations in the country and a force in community development in our heartland, I am ambitious for both the Foundation and the role it plays in the mighty west. 

"I cannot wait to get to work with the talented team at the Foundation, the board, the Western Bulldogs and our partners to grow and drive the Foundation so it can make an even bigger difference across the west, and beyond. 

"I’m grateful for all of my experiences from journalism, to working in the international aid sector and to the highest levels of government here in Victoria. They will stand me in great stead as I lead this wonderful organisation into the next chapter of our history." 

Perry's position as Deputy Secretary for Fairer Victoria and Engagement in the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing was the most recent role of a decade spent in the public service. Other former employers include Oxfam Australia, VicRoads, and the Associated Press.

Of Burmese heritage, Perry's family sought refuge from Myanmar and she has expressed a strong affinity with the Foundation's mission to deliver engaging programs and provide vital connection opportunities for a variety of communities in Victoria's west.

Western Bulldogs CEO and Community Foundation director Ameet Bains welcomed Perry into the role.

"We are delighted to have someone of Louise's calibre take on this crucial position and bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the role," Bains said.

"We have great confidence that her dynamic leadership, strategic nous and persuasive advocacy will shape a bright future for the Foundation as it enters an exciting new era."

Perry's appointment comes after the recent election of Jenny Taing OAM as Chair of the Foundation's board, with the Hon. Jill Hennessy appointed her deputy. Long-serving chair Gaye Hamilton stepped down after 12 years in the role in April and will finish up on the Board at the end of the year.