Football Victoria’s first ever female President was announced at the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on Wednesday, May 12.
The groundbreaking moment took place at Darebin International Sports Centre in front of a strong attendance including Members and Life Members from the Victorian football community, where Antonella Care was elected for Presidency unopposed. She has become the first female to be elected for the position in Football Victoria’s 137-year history and will serve a two-year term.
Care has been a Member of the Football Victoria Board since March 2016 and has over 20 years’ worth of corporate experience. She has proven to be a highly qualified professional, priding herself on a strong understanding on governance matters and having positive working relationships with many Local Government departments.
The democratic electoral process also saw the appointments of three Directors, who will each serve four-year terms. Their wealth of experience involves a range of unique skills that will bring fresh initiatives and ideas to Football Victoria.
Jo Bladen is an experienced commercial business and marketing professional mainly in the entertainment industry for The Walt Disney Company, Yianni Zaparas is a Partner of firm Zaparas Lawyers after spending time playing for a range of Victorian clubs in his junior days, while Steve Forbes has had an extensive career in technology, product development, marketing and strategy, in a career spanning 15 years.
Once the electoral results were confirmed, Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros spoke to the audience summarising the year just gone and targets for the future. He presented the 2020 report and went through the organisation’s key strategic goals for 2021 and 2022.
Taliadoros was followed by Matthew Green, Senior Executive Manager Business Operations – he read out a financial summary.
The impacts of COVID-19 ultimately took their toll, but Taliadoros and Green were equally confident for the future, signalling that stability is starting to return for Football Victoria and the wider community across the state.