Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.
Harnwell will succeed outgoing CEO James Curtis, who is stepping down after spending almost six years in the role.
Harnwell has been involved with Football West for over 12 years, with his most recent position being Chief Football Officer. Prior to that, he had worked as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Head of Development.
Before joining Football West, Harnwell was the captain of A-Leagues club Perth Glory, as well as the record-appearance holder He made 256 appearances for the Glory men’s squad, where in the process he was involved in back-to-back national championships.
Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes:
“Football West is delighted to announce Jamie Harnwell as our new CEO,” he said.
“Jamie is a real football person, from his days as a star player at Perth Glory to becoming a top coach in both the A-League Women’s and NPLWA – Men’s competitions. He has transferred the drive and dedication needed to succeed on the pitch to his roles at Football West.
“In addition, Jamie also possesses the necessary skills and vision to drive Football West forward as we continue to grow the sport in WA and we move towards the opening of the State Football Centre and the 2023 Women’s World Cup and beyond.
“Jamie has worked closely with James Curtis for a number of years, and in terms of senior management, it is great that he has been able to ‘learn on the job’ and is well placed to lead the team at Football West over what will be an exciting period for our sport in WA.
“Following an extensive nationwide search and the assessment of several excellent candidates, Jamie proved to be the stand-out. We look forward to him leading Football West in the years ahead and continuing the terrific progress achieved under James Curtis.”
Incoming Football West Chief Executive Officer Jamie Harnwell:
“It is exciting to become CEO of Football West and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
“We are the biggest team sport in the country in terms of participation and we are in a fantastic position. But there is still plenty of potential for further growth, especially here in WA.
“It has been terrific to work with James Curtis and gain invaluable experience, now I am ready to put my own stamp on the position.”
Harnwell will work together with Curtis until the latter departs from Football West on March 31, 2022.