AFL Cape York House Foundation

The vision for the AFL Cape York House Foundation (“The Foundation”) is to build an enduring program that supports initiatives delivered by AFL Cape York (AFLCY) Limited, which creates opportunity, capacity and outcomes for Indigenous youth.

As a Registered Public Benevolent Institution, The Foundation will focus on the delivery of the AFLCY House programs (male and female) while providing support to the outreach services and programs delivered by AFLCY Game Development. The Foundation’s purpose (as per the constitution) is to relieve the poverty, suffering, distress, misfortune and helplessness experienced by Indigenous people including through the delivery of residential and outreach programs which:

  • promote personal development and leadership, life-skills and self confidence
  • promote knowledge, understanding and skills in whole-of-life healthy living
  • promote engagement with formal education and vocational skills training
  • promote further study and employment
  • promote career transition skills training
  • provide health and welfare case management services
  • provide culturally appropriate accommodation; and
  • encourage community participation and engagement and promotion of personal development and wellbeing through Australian rules football.


Meet the Board

Dean Warren – Chairperson/Director

Dean Warren is the current AFL Queensland Chief Executive Officer. Mr Warren 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.

Rick Hanlon – Director (OAM)

Rick is employed by AFL Queensland as General Manager, AFL Cape York Ltd. Rick first arrived in Cairns in 1998 to take up the Regional Development Manager position which he held for eight years. Originally from Tasmania, Rick worked in AFL game development for over 25 years and with the support of AFL Cairns Juniors has witnessed excellent growth in AFL throughout the Far North. Rick received life membership of AFL Cairns Juniors in 2008 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2017.

Tanya Hosch – Director

Tanya Hosch is the General Manager of Inclusion and Social Policy at the AFL. Ms Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Indigenous policy, advocacy, governance and fundraising. Before joining the AFL as the first ever Indigenous person and 2nd woman in their Executive ranks in August this year, Tanya was the Joint Campaign director of the Recognise movement for constitutional reform. At the AFL Tanya is tasked with the implementation of the AFL’s enhanced Indigenous strategy, advising the AFL Indigenous Advisory Council, reviewing the Respect and Responsibility Policy and implementing the AFL’s Gender Action Plan. Tanya was recently appointed to the Indigenous Advisory Group of the NAB and is a Board Director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and a member of the Referendum Council. In addition, Tanya is the Independent Chair of Price Waterhouse Coopers Indigenous Consulting.

Del Lythall – Secretary

Del has 36 years administration experience, having commenced working as the receptionist with AFL Cairns in 1989 then as Secretary/Manager of AFL Cairns Juniors in 2000 until 2006. Del was awarded a life membership with AFL Cairns Juniors in 2009. Del has a long and successful background with Women’s Softball in North Queensland from 1972 ‑ 1999 having been awarded a Queensland Softball Association Service Award and a Life Member of Cairns and District Softball Association in 1999 and a Softball Australia Service Award in 2003. Del was awarded life membership with AFL Cape York Limited in 2018.

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The Vision:

To build an enduring program that supports initiatives which create opportunity, capacity and outcomes for Indigenous youth.

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

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

ABN: 98 614 015 824