Meet the Board

John Hollander – Chairperson/Director

John is a director/owner of Hollander Homes. John is a life member of the local Centrals Trinity Beach A.F.C and AFL Cairns Juniors, and Chairman of the AFL Cairns Senior Tribunal. John and his wife Valerie, have been outstanding volunteers to AFL in Far North Queensland and we are proud to have John as Chairman of AFL Cape York and was awarded a life membership with AFL Cape York Limited in 2018.

Renee Williams – Deputy Chairperson

Renee is the Executive Officer for Empowered Communities Cape York, and was previously the Partnership and Development Coordinator at Apunipima Cape York Health Council where she was responsible for analysis and strategic development. Renee has a wealth of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia. Renee has held various positions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health organisations, peak organisations, research centres and not-for-profit organisations.

Dean Warren – Director Secretary

Dean has a Graduate Certificate of Business (Sports Management) and completed the AFL Senior Leaders Program at the Melbourne Business School – Mt Eliza. Dean spent 14 years managing participation, talent and community programs in Queensland as Regional Development Manager then State Development Manager. In 2010 Dean was the Brisbane Lions General Manager – Football Operations overseeing all aspects of the Football Department including coaching and development, physical performance and medical, list management, football administration, player welfare and education.

Louise Hunter – Director

Louise is the Manager, Indigenous Library Services with the State Library of Queensland and has extensive understanding and experience in Government having worked in Indigenous Affairs, Child Safety and Sport and Recreation. Louise understands the opportunities that sport and education can give young people having received a basketball scholarship to study in the United States as a teenager. Louise is an example of how lifeskills and life experience are enhanced through the vehicle of sports.

Amanda Hand – Director

Amanda has experience in various areas of indigenous health and youth services within the Northern Territory and Yarrabah as the Executive Officer, Business Development and Compliance Officer.

Noel Rawlins – Director

Noel was directly involved in the establishment of AFL Cape York House when it was still very much a pipe dream of Ric Hanlon and others in the late 2000’s. Noel has a passion for all sports, and as a career teacher this has often included coaching and managing schoolboy representative teams. As a long term state high school principal in Far North Queensland, Noel has been able to bring a strong educational perspective to the Board. More recently as the College Principal of Western Cape College based in Weipa, Noel can also now contribute a remote community perspective for the Board.

Vivian Pearson – Director

Viv originates from Hopevale having relocated to Cairns to pursue further education and employement. Viv currently holds a finance position with a community controlled health organisation in Cairns. Viv has travelled extensively throughout Cape York Peninsula in previous roles, and is familiar with the local customs and traditions of these communities. Vis has strong ties to many of the Cape York families, which is invaluable in her role as a Director for AFL Cape York. Viv is an active member of the AFL community, being a former player with North Cairns Tigers women’s team, a member of the AFL Cape York Parent’s Advisory Board and volunteer with the Eagles A.F.C.

Dr Chris Morrey – Director

Dr Morrey is a general orthopaedic surgeon with an honours degree in science at the University of Melbourne graduating with 1st class honours in 1986, obtaining a fellowship in orthopaedic surgery from the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2000. Dr Morrey currently holds an elected position on the Australian Orthopaedic Association Board and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Specialist Orthopaedics Clinical Advisory Group. Dr Morrey has previously held the position of Director of the Orthopaedic Department at the Cairns Hospital and continues to attend the Cairns Hospital as a visiting medical officer, actively participating in the training of orthopaedic registrars.

Dr Morrey is actively involved with AFL Cairns and the Cairns Basketball and Cairns Taipans organisations.

AFL Cape York Ltd
45 - 61 Tills Street, Westcourt
Cairns 4870

PO Box 143, Manunda 4870
Phone: (07) 4054 5199
Fax: (07) 4054 5399

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