|Dr Andy Harper||Chair, Local Organising Committee.
Andy is a former footballer in Australia’s National Soccer League, high school physical education teacher and football administrator. Currently, Andy is a football broadcaster and analyst with Fox sports, an author, consultant and coach.
Andy has a PhD from Sydney University (2020) with a focus on Australian football. As an author, Andy has published autobiographies on Johnny Warren, Les Murray and Ange Postecoglou, three prominent Australian football personalities, and a look at the 2006 Socceroos World Cup side.
|Matt Cross||Matt founded the Australian and NSW Powerchair Football Associations in 2010 and has been the President of both since their inception. In this role in these not-for-profit, volunteer based organisations, Matt has been the driving force in governance and development of Powerchair Football, and a key organizer for domestic and international tournaments in Australia.
In his working life, Matt is a professional manager with 48 years of experience across a diverse range of roles across many different business organisations, ranging from large multinational companies through to personal business endeavors. Matt’s skills developed in dealing with government departments, multinational companies, retail chains and small to medium enterprises have been invaluable in his Powerchair Football roles.
|Danny Townsend||Danny is the Chief Executive Officer of Sydney FC, a professional football club playing in Australia’s A-League. A former player of the Parramatta Power and Sydney United in Australia’s National Soccer League, Danny began his time at Sydney FC in October 2017.
Danny has vast experience in sports intelligence, media and entertainment and proudly supports Sydney FC’s championship winning powerchair team and looks forward to facilitating growth opportunities for powerchair in Australia.
|John Tsatsimas||John has been a football administrator, both at the professional level and at grass roots level for over 25 years.
A qualified lawyer, John is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club in the A-League, a position he has held since 2014. John also held the same position at the Newcastle Jets for 4 seasons.
|Peter Hugg||Peter is a highly experienced football and sports administrator and is the current Head of Football at Football NSW, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to this, Peter was CEO of Football West for close to 6 years.
Peter has worked as a consultant for the Rio Olympic and Delhi and Glasgow Commonwealth games bids, as well as tournament director for football at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and regional coordinator for two cities in Korea during the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
|Stuart Corbishley||Stuart is an experienced sports lawyer, administrator and company director, advising high profile national and international sports organisations, major events and athletes on legal, governance and integrity matters. Stuart has acted as General Counsel for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Australia’s 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games and Football Federation Australia’s successful 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Bid.
Stuart regularly advises Australian governing bodies such as Football Australia, Cricket Australia, Athletics Australia and Netball Australia on a range of matters, including the establishment of domestic competitions, athlete contracting matters, club sales and investments and sponsorship, broadcast, ticketing, hosting, funding, intellectual property, venue and governance matters.
|Murray Shaw||Media Manager, Local Organising Committee
Murray has had a decorated career in the sports media for the past 25 years working across both radio and television. He recently left Fox Sports after 14 years as Executive Producer of football where he helped establish and build the network's coverage of the men's and women's domestic competitions as well as the men's and women's national teams.
|Peter Turnbull||Peter has been heavily involved in Australian football for many years, operating as Chairman for the Central Coast Mariners until 2013, and previously as one of the Founders of Sydney FC, making him the only A-league owner and director to have won titles with two different clubs.
Peter has used his international contacts to secure over 300 million PPE items for government to assist in Australia’s response to the COVID pandemic. In property, the Turnbull Group and its associates have completed large residential estates, medium density housing, and large commercial projects. Peter also connects property development and agricultural businesses with investors Australia and beyond through Wharton Capital and also administers a large Agri Fund.
In powerchair football, Peter is a foundation committee member of both the NSW and Australian Powerchair Football Associations and currently is the Treasurer of both organisations. Peter is also the current NSW and Australian Poweroos coach, leading the national team to a 4th place finish at the 2017 FIPFA World Cup in the USA.
|Martin Dalrymple||Martin is a foundation director of the NSW and Australian Powerchair Football Associations and has been involved in disability sports since 2000. Martin is currently the secretary of both of these organisations, and has also held roles of President of NSW Push and Power Sports and Umpires Coordinator for National Electric Wheelchair Sports for 12 years.
Martin’s son Peter was a keen participant in these competitions and heavily involved in these associations, and remains the inspiration behind Martin’s contribution to these committees. Professionally, Martin owns and operates a General Insurance Brokerage in Norwest Business Park with a staff of 8.
|Michael Keyte ||Michael has been involved in disability sports for over 20 years as both a dad and a volunteer.
Michael has been the Vice President of the NSW (NSWPFA) and Australian (APFA) Powerchair Football Associations for 8 years. During this time, Michael has been one of the lead organisers in planning, managing and the running of annual National, State and Club Championship tournaments.
|Peter Filopoulos||Peter has over 25 years of highly successful experience as an accomplished senior C-Suite executive in sports administration. Currently Peter is part of the senior management team at Football Federation Australia (FFA) in the role of Head of Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs, having commenced this role in September 2020.
Peter’s other football roles have included 2 years as CEO of Football Victoria and 3 years as CEO at the Perth Glory Football Club. Peter has also worked as an Executive for 8 years with AFL clubs Hawthorn and North Melbourne, 7 years with Marvel (formerly Etihad) Stadium and 18 months with Swimming Australia.
|Sarah Walsh||Sarah is a well-respected sports administrator who is currently the interim Head of Game Development at Football Federation Australia. She has been involved at the highest levels of football for close to 20 years including representing Australia at the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Post playing career, Sarah has moved into leadership positions and gained extensive experience driving outcomes for participation diversification, gender equity in governance, creating more inclusive football environments from grassroots to the elite level. Sarah’s track record of executing strategy and stakeholder management is shown through football’s participation growth in increasingly accessible formats.
|Charlotte Ercil||Charlotte was Football NSW's Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator from 2018 to early 2021. Passionate about all abilities football, Charlotte has worked across all disability areas, including Powerchair and CP Football. In addition to this, Charlotte has vast experience working in other inclusion areas such as Indigenous football and initiatives for migrants and refugees. Charlotte recently took on a role with Hills Football, strong supporters of the sport in the Sydney region.|
|Aaron Dibdin||Aaron is the Member Services Manager at Football NSW, and joined the LOC in 2019 as part of Football NSW’s support. Aaron has been a football administrator for more than a decade, including serving as the General Manager of the Eastern Suburbs Football Association in Sydney since November 2010.|
|Jacob Cross||Jacob lives with Cerebral Palsy and has been involved in powerchair since its inception in Australia in 2010. Jacob has represented the Australian Poweroos as both a player and as team manager at the 2017 FIPFA Powerchair Football World Cup in the USA. He has also been a long-term players' representative on local and national committees.
Jacob is a Town Planner and is currently completing a Diploma of Access Consulting, aiming to use his lived experiences to provide better access for all people living with disability.
|Chris Suffield||Chris has been involved in powerchair football since 2010 and powerchair sports for 20 years. As an athlete, Chris has represented Australia in powerchair football several times, including captaining the Australian Poweroos in 2014. Chris has been a local and national committee member since 2014 and is passionate about the development of our sport, assisting with coaching and development of newer athletes in the Sydney region.
Academically, Chris has completed both a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Bachelor of Arts (Writing) at Macquarie University.