Football NSW has conducted its Annual General Meeting for FY20, including key elections and a life membership.
The meeting, which took place on March 19, featured Gilbert Lorquet being elected to the Board of Football NSW, alongside the re-election of Carlos Gonzalez. Both have agreed to four-year terms on the board. Director Louie Apostolovski was afforded Life Membership of Football NSW for his lifetime of service to the game.
Mr. Lorquet provides the board with not only his experience and enthusiasm in sports administration, but a love of football and a history of working in the not-for-profit and services industries, namely as CEO of the North Foundation.
Prior to his election on to the board, Mr. Lorquet held football positions as President of Abbotsford Juniors FC and on the board of the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association where he became the Deputy Chairman.
The General Meeting also marked the retirement of Chairman Anter Isaac and Director James Chetcuti, both of whom served a maximum of two consecutive terms in their time at Football NSW. Mr. Isaac and Mr. Chetcuti were invaluable for their significant contributions to the growth of football across the state.
Mr. Isaac was essential in the reformation of football at a national level, acting as an impassioned servant of the game, who leaves a legacy of leading the sport with humility and integrity. Upon leaving, Mr. Isaac acknowledged the achievements of the board during his tenure.
“In the eight years that I have had the honour of supporting and helping lead Football NSW, our sport has faced challenges from national reforms to pandemics – and through it all our organisation has been central to how football has responded, taking a leadership role that has always intended to help protect and develop football,” he said.
“Our boards’ ability to always hold the mantra of “football first” at the centre of our thinking has, I humbly believe, allowed us to weather various forms of turbulence, but also build upon our collective strengths.”
The Football NSW Board is now made up of members Fiona Lang (acting chair), Carlos Gonzalez, Gilbert Lorquet, Morris Iemma, Stephen Loader and Appointed Directors Stephanie Brantz, Louie Apostolovski and Stephen Hayes.