Board of Directors
PRESIDENT 2018 -Present
Board Member 2015 - Present
Woodsmen President 2013 - 2016
Woodsmen Premiership Player '09 & '14
Andrew was born in Bendigo and grew up in country Victoria with a passion for Australian Rules & Cricket and is an avid follower of Collingwood Football Club.
At the age of 15, the family relocated to QLD where Andrew attended Ipswich Grammar School and was an avid sportsman.
After completing studies at IGS, Andrew attended the University of Queensland and Kings College where he continued to play Cricket & Rugby at an elite level, but regrettably lost touch with his preferred sport of Australian Rules.
Graduating from UQ with Bachelor of Business (Management) & Bachelor of Arts, Andrew has held senior roles in property & financial services at a variety of organisations in Brisbane and is the current General Manager for a boutique Funds Management & Development Company.
Despite going 10 years with no involvement in Australian Rules Football, Andrew maintained his passion for the sport via his support for Collingwood and working in Marketing for a major sponsor of the Brisbane Lions for a number of years. Upon moving to the Chelmer area to start a family, Andrew found himself continually drawn down to the Western Magpies ground to watch the club play in his beloved black & white and was eventually drawn out of sporting retirement to play 3rds for Western Magpies in 2008 before being involved in the formation of affiliate club Woodsmen AFC where he was President before bringing the club back to become the Western Magpies Friday night team
Andrew is married to primary school teacher Lauren, and has 4 children - Charlotte 11, Harry 9, Georgia 6 & Sam 4 and Harry currently plays U/10's for the Sherwood Magpies where Andrew coaches. He looks forward to working with the newly formed Western Magpies board and assisting in developing the club for a sustainable & successful presence at the highest level of Queensland Football and a positive and inclusive environment for young footballers in the local area, including his own children in the future.
DIRECTOR—GOVERNANCE and COMPANY SECRETARY
Board Member 2017-Present
Gabriel was born and grew up in Brisbane but his family are from Adelaide and he started playing football at Sherwood in the Under 12s.
He has been at the club for over 20 years and he played his 200th Senior match for the Magpies in 2015. He was a member of the Magpies 2006 Senior premiership side and the Reserves flags in 2005 and 2007.
He has been a loyal player for the club and was deservedly awarded Life Membership in 2015.
He continues to serve the club on and off the field as he joins the Board this year as Company Secretary.
He is a principal at Bluewater Lawyers, practising commercial and property law and was previously a board member of the Spring Hill Chamber of Commerce and Director of Spring Hill Alive street festival.
DIRECTOR - FINANCE
Board member 2017-Present
Martin grew up in Melbourne and has been a keen footy fan since childhood. Although sports such as tennis and cricket took centre stage in his youth, he took every opportunity to pull on the boots during his school years. He moved to Brisbane in 2007 with his young family and has lived in the local area throughout that time.
The Club have been a constant part of their lives over the past five years. All three sons, Archie, Elliot and Adam, love playing junior footy with the Magpies and cheering on the Seniors on a Saturday afternoon. During this time, Martin feels privileged to have had the opportunity to coach each of them, with the support of wife Rebecca as team manager.
When time allows, Martin loves cycling, golf, tennis and getting away camping with the family. He has also thoroughly enjoyed recently taking up AFL9s with a group of mates from the Club and local area - reacquainting himself with the cardiovascular demands of the game!
As a Chartered Accountant and experienced Finance Manager, Martin hopes to help the Board to achieve the Club's ambitions through providing sound financial management and advice. Having previously served as Treasurer with other organisations, he is also keen to ensure that processes are in place to help maintain strong financial management and simplify the workload for future Club Treasurers and volunteers."
Board Member 2018-Present
Mitch was born in Brisbane and started playing with Sherwood as a junior before injuries prompted a break from the game. While studying Business at Griffith University, Mitch got the football bug again and joined the University aligned team, Griffith Moorooka Roosters playing 97 games from 2011 to 2017, alongside being an active member of the committee in the capacity of Football Manager and Vice-President 2016-2017.
Mitch decided to return to his junior club in 2018 when he was elected to the board in the position of Director of Sponsorship. Alongside supporting the Seniors, Mitch still enjoys having a kick on a Friday night with the Woodsmen.
Mitch works as a professional recruitment consultant with Robert Half, specialising in recruiting positions within the Finance & Accounting field.
Board Member 2019 - Present
Niall came to Australia from Africa in the early 1980’s and grew up in the northern suburbs of Brisbane.
Niall’s involvement with the Club started some years ago when his children, Josh and Grace, decided that they wanted to play AFL. Notwithstanding that he has no prior experience with the game (being a former rugby tragic), the passion that Josh and Grace have for the game and the Club has infected him.
Niall is a solicitor and practices in property and commercial law. Having acted in relation to the redevelopment of other sports clubs, Niall has joined the board with a view to maximising the benefit of Club’s lease of the grounds.
When not a work, Niall is an active cyclist and camper.