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Jeff Kennett -  President

President elect Mr Jeff Kennett previously served as President of the Hawthorn Football Club 2005-2011.

Mr Kennett was an Officer in the Royal Australian Regiment, serving at home and overseas.

He was a Member of the Victorian Parliament for 23 years. Leader of the Opposition 1982-1989; 1991-1992 and was Premier of the State from 1992 to 1999.

He is currently Chairman of Open Windows Australia Proprietary Limited, Chairman of CT Management Group Pty Ltd, Chairman of LEDified Lighting Corporation Pty Ltd and Chairman of Amtek Corporation Pty Ltd.

Mr Kennett is a Director of EQT Holdings Limited and a Director of Seven West Media Ltd. Mr Kennett is the Chairman of The Torch, a program assisting incarcerated Indigenous men and women and post their release.

Mr Kennett was the founder of beyondblue: the national depression, anxiety and suicide initiative and was Chairman from 2000-2017.

Mr Kennett is associated with many other community organisations. Member of the Singapore Tourism Advisory Board 2000-2006.

In 2005 Mr Kennett was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia.

Professor Linda Kristjanson  - Vice President

In 2002, Linda was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation.

Linda is the Vice-Chancellor & President of Swinburne University - educating 55,000 students in disciplines ranging from science, business, engineering and information technology to design and law. Linda has served on a number of national company boards and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Kristjanson’s previous research focused on cancer and palliative care. In 2012 she was recognized for her pioneering work in palliative care by the Bethlehem Griffith Research Foundation with a lifetime achievement award.

Andrew Kaye - Director

Andrew Kaye was appointed to the Board in February 2011 and is a longstanding Hawthorn member. He is a Neurosurgeon and Professor of Surgery and Head of the Department of Surgery at The University of Melbourne. He is the Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has had extensive experience in education, training and research.

Richard Garvey - Director

Richard Garvey is a company director and adviser to a number of privately owned businesses and family groups. Prior to his current role he spent 34 years in chartered accounting including the last 22 years as a partner of KPMG. Richard was the lead audit partner for Hawthorn Football Club between 1998 and 2007.  

Appointed a Director of the Club in October 2010 and elected vice-president in 2015, Richard succeeded Andrew Newbold as President in February 2016 and was formally elected President at the Club’s 2016 Annual General Meeting, before he resigned as President in October 2017.

Outside of Hawthorn, Richard is a member of several advisory boards including Vaughan Constructions Pty Ltd, where he is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He was a Board member of the Australian Institute of Management - Victoria and Tasmania for 11 years until December 2011 including four years as president and a national Board member.

Andrew Gowers - Director

Andrew Gowers, who will take on the role of Football Director, was a member of the Club’s 1991 premiership team and played 140 AFL games for Hawthorn and the Brisbane Bears between 1988 and 1999.

Gowers completed a business degree at Monash University and a financial services diploma while playing football, and now owns and manages a financial consulting business specialising in business exit and financial planning.


Peter Nankivell - Director

Peter Nankivell has been a practising commercial lawyer for 27 years and consults to Thomson Geer lawyers where he has been for 20 years. He was formerly the Chairman of Partners at Herbert Geer and is currently Chair of the Centre for Eye Research Australia Ltd and a Director of Xavier College Foundation Limited. 

Nankivell has been a member of the Clubs Finance and Risk Management Committee since 2012 and has been a legal adviser to the Board and assisted in the development of the Clubs governance model and constitutional review. He was elected to the Board in 2014 .

Richie Vandenberg - Director 

Richard Vandenberg is the sole director, Shareholder and CEO of LCW Corp since early 2013.

“Richie” has over 13 years’ direct experience in the wine industry - as a grower and a 25-year association through his family enterprise. His involvement in the wine industry is extended through his on-going ventures in the re-development and operations of vineyards throughout the South Australian Limestone Coast wine region and beyond.

Previous to LCW Corp, Richie was the Managing Director of orange juice manufacturing and marketing company, Lencia Fruit Juices and has firmly established industry relationships throughout the South East of Australia.

Richie’s career outside his family enterprise commenced as a professional athlete. Between the years of 1997 and 2007, he played with Hawthorn Football club and achieved Captaincy from 2005 until 2007.

Lucinda Nolan - Director

Lucinda Nolan brings a wealth of knowledge to the club with extensive experience across the Emergency Services Sector. In 2015, she was selected as the first female CEO of the Country Fire Authority (CFA), one of the world’s largest volunteer based emergency service organisations. 

Prior to joining the CFA, Nolan spent 32 years with the Victoria Police, reaching the rank of Deputy Commissioner. Much of the role was dedicated to the continual improvement of service delivery in the face of complex and competing crime, disorder and service demands. She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2009.

Lucinda has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Melbourne University and recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.