THE CLUB recently announced that it will undertake an independent football department review to be conducted by an external panel of experts in the industry.

The first part of this process has been to finalise the external panel who will lead this process.

I am pleased to advise you that the following three panel members will conduct a holistic review of the entire football department. This panel will be led by incoming President Luke Sayers with the support of CEO Cain Liddle, and the final report with its recommendations will be delivered to the Carlton Football Club Board.

The three-member panel will be:

-              Graham Lowe

-              Geoff Walsh

-              Matthew Pavlich

Graham Lowe is a high performance and leadership consultant who for the last two decades has worked across multiple levels of professional sport both nationally and globally including AFL, rugby (domestic and international) and America’s Cup sailing.

His recent sporting experience and expertise involves being a key contributor to the Western Bulldogs 2016 Premiership in his role of General Manager – Football, along with working within high performance for the New Zealand All-Blacks.

Outside of sport, Graham has also consulted with several organisations in the delivery and facilitation of leadership and development, including Ernst & Young and worked with clients such as Google and Walt Disney Australia / New Zealand.

Geoff Walsh is one of Victoria’s most experienced and accomplished sports administrators, holding leadership roles at both state and national levels over an extensive career in elite sport. He contains a strong skill set in people management, problem solving, innovation, and sustained sporting excellence.

A respected AFL administrator, Geoff has worked across multiple AFL clubs and has extensive experience leading AFL programs that have delivered four Premierships, 10 grand finalists, and 25 finals series teams.

Matthew Pavlich was an AFL captain for nine years during his 17-year career at the Fremantle Dockers, becoming the first WA-based player to play over 300 AFL games.

Off the field, Matthew has obtained both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He also completed a three-year tenure as the AFLPA’s President and was a member of their board of directors for nine years. During his AFL career, Matthew also spent time on the AFL Laws of the Game Committee.

He is an established media presenter with Fox Sports and Channel 9 and has a number of business interests including PMY Group, Lumin Technologies and PickStar.

In what is an important process, the experienced panel members will be afforded the time required to conduct the extensive review and as such there will not be an ongoing commentary of the review. The panel will provide the necessary recommendations to the Board, to take the football department forward.

We understand our members and supporters expect more from an on-field performance perspective. As a club, we are fully aware that we exist to win games of football and ultimately win premierships.

You, together with all our members and supporters can rest assured we remain committed to improve our on-field performance, while also ensuring this football club continues to be relentless in its pursuit of excellence and success. 

That is why we have embarked on this mid-season independent football review.

History will show you that in challenging times, the best clubs stay united and supportive.

I thank you for your continued support of the Carlton Football Club.

Mark LoGiudice