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41 Chelmer St E
Chelmer, QLD, 4068
Australia

07 3379 5528

Board of Directors

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MARK BLACKBERRY

Board member 2015 & 2017

President 2017

Mark Blackberry is the new President of Sherwood DAFC, being elected unopposed at the club’s AGM in December.

Mark joined the Board in 2015 and has organised the club’s major fundraiser the Alchemy Night for a number of years. He has been able to attract a number of Lions players and coaches to these eveningsusing his contacts with the Brisbane Lions where he has been a key member of Lionhearts which works closely with young Brisbane Lions players.

He is married with 4 children and son Sam has come through the Sherwood ranks but suffered osteitis pubis and missed most of last year. He has been a part of theBrisbane Lions Academy.

Mark has been involved as a coach and Junior Committee member at Sherwood for a number of years.


He was born in Hobart and played for North Launceston in the Tasmanian State League and represented Tasmania in one match. He was a Hawthorn development player and as part of that played in Darwin but he ruptured his ACL x2 which brought his career to an end.

He moved to Brisbane in 1996 and developed his Sunchip Group business in logging and timber and it has grown to have 120 employees.

He is also involved in a number of other businesses in South-East Queensland and in total he employs 200 people in all his businesses. He is also a key part of the Simon Black Academy developing young AFL players in Queensland.

Mark brings a wealth of football knowledge as well as business and corporate know-how to the football club and with him leading the club it looks forward to continuing to grow and consolidate as a strong AFL presence in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

 

Andrew Thomson

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 14, 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 is the current President and a dual premiership player.

Andrew is married to primary school teacher Lauren, and has 4 children - Charlotte 9, Harry 7, Georgia 5 & Sam 2 and Harry currently plays U/8's for the Sherwood Magpies.  He looks forward to working with the newly formed Western Magpies board and assisting in marketing the club and securing long term sponsors 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.

Adam is a Civil Engineer who has enjoyed a 20 year career in construction and engineering across the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors throughout Australia.  He is currently a General Manager with Monadelphous Group Limited, an ASX listed multi-national engineering construction and maintenance provider and over the past 9 years has had responsibility for the companies construction operations throughout the east coast of Australia and PNG.  Adam is also a Director of Zenviron Pty Ltd, a specialist provider of engineering, procurement and construction services to the renewable energy sector throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 Originally Victorian, Adam was brought up on VFL/AFL football and played for many years as a junior throughout Victoria, NSW, ACT and QLD.  He is married to wife Suzanne and has two boys, Samuel and Jacob, both of whom are up and coming footballers within Sherwood’s junior ranks.  The family joined the Sherwood Football Club in 2010 and both Adam and Suzanne have volunteered their time in various roles within the Club ever since.

Adam is passionate about the Club continuing to play a key role in the development of young men and women not only as footballers but also as the future leaders within our community. 

 

 
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CHRIS DENNIS

Board Member 2011-Present

Facilities Director
Junior Chairman 2012-2014
Junior Clubman of the Year 2011
AFLBJ – Club Volunteer of the Year 2014

I Grew up in Melbourne and played early football with Beaumaris then played in SA, Queensland and NT, as work took me to these places. I loved playing the game and have kept involved, coming to Sherwood in 2006 and have been a junior coach at the club for four years.

I worked in banking and finance until I was 25, and then moved to a national painting contracting business as GM in Victoria. Relocated to Brisbane in 2001 as State Manager for Higgins Coatings, overseeing the growth of the business to now include four offices and 250 staff.

Lives in Sherwood and is married to Rhonda with two teenage children (Alexandra & Lachlan) who both participate in sport, with Lachie currently playing for Sherwood. Interests include AFL, golf, surfing, reading a good book, watching sport at any level, being involved at local AFL level and rowing. Passions include grass roots footy in providing a program that encourages people of all genders and ages to participate.

At Sherwood, it is a goal of mine, and many others, to ensure that we continue to play at the best level in SE Queensland, and we are seen as a like minded community club that attracts people to play at the club because we offer the best programs, facilities, grounds and coaching in the western suburbs.

I believe Sherwood should not be just known as a football club, but should be promoted as a ‘Community Minded Sporting Club’, and as such, have been actively involved in achieving grants for the development of facilities at the club.

 
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gabe mckinnon

DIRECTOR—GOVERNANCE and COMPANY SECRETARY

Board Member 2017

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 partner at Blackston 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.

 

Adam Edwards

Board Member 2016-Present

VICE-PRESIDENT

Junior Coaching Coordinator 2015-2016

Junior Committee Secretary 2016

Junior Coach 2011 – 2017

Coach of the Year 2011

Adam is a Civil Engineer who has enjoyed a 20 year career in construction and engineering across the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors throughout Australia.  He is currently a General Manager with Monadelphous Group Limited, an ASX listed multi-national engineering construction and maintenance provider and over the past 9 years has had responsibility for the companies construction operations throughout the east coast of Australia and PNG.  Adam is also a Director of Zenviron Pty Ltd, a specialist provider of engineering, procurement and construction services to the renewable energy sector throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 Originally Victorian, Adam was brought up on VFL/AFL football and played for many years as a junior throughout Victoria, NSW, ACT and QLD.  He is married to wife Suzanne and has two boys, Samuel and Jacob, both of whom are up and coming footballers within Sherwood’s junior ranks.  The family joined the Sherwood Football Club in 2010 and both Adam and Suzanne have volunteered their time in various roles within the Club ever since.

Adam is passionate about the Club continuing to play a key role in the development of young men and women not only as footballers but also as the future leaders within our community. 

 

mARTIN SINFIELD

DIRECTOR--FINANCE

Board member 2017

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."

 

 


VICE-PRESIDENT and JUNIOR CLUB CHAIRMAN

Board Member 2016-2017
Vice President and Junior President 2016-2017

Junior Coach – 2013-2016

Scott’s passion for AFL began in his early childhood when growing up in Victoria.  A keen Collingwood Football Club supporter, Scott continued his love for the game after his family relocated firstly to Cairns, then Brisbane.  Although primarily a basketball player in his youth, Scott is proud to say he was a member of the undefeated U13 Sherwood premiership side of 1989!

A graduate of a Bachelor of Economics and Commerce at the University of Queensland, Scott is the Joint CEO of Austral Plywoods.

Scott and his wife Sonessa continue to proudly support the Sherwood Juniors and enjoy watching their two sons Toby and Jack play footy in the black and white.