Our board members are a talented and diverse lot. They have extraordinary skills and experience in a wide range of sectors, both public and private. This ensures the Club takes a well-rounded approach to everything we do and the decisions we make as an organisation.
Our directors are responsible for providing strategic direction and governance, ensuring effective financial and risk management oversight and continued organisational viability and sustainability. Most importantly, they are custodians of our culture and reputation.
Darren Yates is a Chartered Accountant and director of his business accounting practice “Yates Group” which includes travelling around Australia delivering seminars to business owners. Darren’s passion and background is in guiding businesses and sporting organisations to success via development and execution of key strategy goals.
Darren was a junior and senior player with Twin City Wanderers FC between 1988 and 1995 (Senior B&F 1995), AWFA representative player 1989-1993 and Riverina Branch representative player 1991-1993. Darren was co-ordinator and coach of Twin City Wanderers FC Mini Roos Program between 2013 and 2018 and is a C License Coach of Murray United Under 12’s team in seasons 2018 and 2019. Darren has also had sports administration experience in Australian rules football as director of the Ovens & Murray Football Netball League for four years and treasurer with Wodonga Bulldogs Football Club for one year.
Darren was a founding board member of the club when the club was incepted in late 2013 and has held the roles of Treasurer, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the club. Darren joined the board to contribute to what he believes is the best possible development pathway for our local junior players and coaches and to build a club which is iconic in our region and injects hundreds of thousands of dollars into our local economy each year from thousands of visitors.
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Donald is the CEO of Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth. He has both industry and business consulting experience having worked for Foster’s, Mars Petcare Australia, ANZ and Ernst & Young Consulting. His areas of expertise include strategy development and execution, business performance improvement, financial analysis and governance.
Donald has played football all his life including representing Victoria Country under 15s while at Sale City Soccer Club. You will still see him kicking a ball in Beechworth in their indoor competition.
Stephen is an independent management consultant with an interest in organisation and community development. He has undertaken projects for national and international companies, local, state and federal government agencies and non-profit organisations. He is familiar with the regional football scene having been a football parent and through his assistance to the Albury Wodonga Football Association over a number of years most recently through the Future Development Committee.
Stephen believes sport plays an important role in community development and wellbeing and regards Murray United as a significant contributor to the social fabric of the Albury Wodonga region. His qualifications include a Master in Business Administration (Deakin) and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
CORPORATE RELATIONS & SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR
Raised and educated in Wodonga, a successful award winning builder, Pedro owns and manages a local building company servicing North East Victoria and Southern NSW.
Pedro’s knowledge and passion for Football has seen him play locally, for his state and at the Premier League level. An FFA/AFC C Licence coach, Pedro has coached the Victorian Country State team and played and coached at community football clubs TwinCity Wanderers FC and Wodonga Diamonds FC.
Passionate about the development of football in the region, Pedro sees the National Premier Leagues competition as a critical link in establishing functional and viable pathways for elite footballers.
After seven years with the Ovens & Murray Football Netball League, including four years as General Manager, Aaron now holds a position in events and facility management with AlburyCity Council. Prior to this Aaron was a sports journalist and presenter with Prime News in Albury.
Aaron has had a lengthy career in football and has represented Riverina Branch at junior level and Bathurst ‘75 under 19’s and 21’s in the NSW State League Division 1. At senior level Aaron has played in both the Wagga and Albury Associations. Having previously won a senior B&F for St Pats FC Aaron still represents the club in the over 35’s competition.
After participating in football for 30 years Aaron is excited by the current pathway opportunities for regionally based players and believes he now has an opportunity to give back to the sport particularly through his experience in sports administration.
Andrew has been in Australia for over 20 years, born in Jersey, Channel Islands
Football has always been a huge part of his life playing football as a junior and then part of kitchen teams preparing nutritious meals for Scotland’s 1990 World cup squad and officials for Germanys Euro 96 winning Team.
He’s been involved with local football since moving to the North East 10 years ago with AWFA teams Myrtleford, Wangaratta and Twin City Juniors
Currently in the process of gaining his Senior C licence with Murray United he’s also been involved with Bright Red Academy as well as the NPL Youth Under 12s and 13s. Andrew believes in the fantastic culture and professionalism that everyone at the club has at nurturing the North Easts bright young stars.
JUNIOR FOOTBALL DIRECTOR
Dale has extensive experience in Operations and Business Management within the Industrial and Employment sectors and has been involved in football since 1995, most recently in 2016-18 as coach at Murray United in the SAP program. In 2019, Dale coached NPL with Murray United U12’s, and is excited to continue coaching U12’s in 2020. In 2019, Dale also completed the requirements for his Youth C licence with plans to complete the B licence. Dale strongly believes the more our local coaches can develop their coaching knowledge and skills, the better equipped we will be to help our players on their football journey.
Dale has previous experience in sport administration, having operated on the committee of Wodonga Junior Bulldogs football (AFL), as the treasurer in 2016/17. Dale is committed to assisting junior boys and girls achieve their football dreams.
BRIGHT RED PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Chris is an award-winning journalist who has worked regionally and in metropolitan areas for the past fifteen years. He has both print and broadcast media experience, most recently at Nine News in Albury as Chief of Staff and Senior Journalist. For the past three years Chris has also been undertaking a Batchelor of Education, with a major in health and physical education.
Chris has a long playing history locally and interstate, having won senior best-and-fairest awards at Myrtleford and St Pat’s. He was also runner-up twice at Benalla. Chris also played in the National Youth League for the Albury-Wodonga Warriors and represented the AWFA and the Riverina as a junior.
Chris is a father of two girls and is passionate about education and development. He knows how vital it is to keep kids active and have a pathway for future success.