Football Federation Tasmania has introduced Bob Gordon as the new President of FFT at a whilst at the same time confirming that CEO Mike Palmer is set to move on from his position on March the 16th.
Dave chats with Mike Palmer and the state of the game heading into 2018.
Mr Gordon joined the Football Federation Tasmania Board in April of 2017, and is a hugely experienced chief executive and non-executive board member. He has spent 40 years in the forestry and natural resource sector and was appointed a Forestry Tasmania Commissioner in 1991, before going on to be the managing director and CEO of Forestry Tasmania in 2006. He is currently a director on the board of Mystate Limited. He has previously played football in the state and has grandchildren involved in the game at present.
He has wasted no time in setting his agenda by calling for a Tasmanian A-League side arguing that
“At a time when AFL is ignoring the State on the issue of expansion, this represents a truly golden opportunity for Football to steal a march and give Tasmania the professional sporting team it has long been crying out for.” (See attachment for full statement)
But one of Gordon’s first jobs will be to find a new CEO, with Mike Palmer announcing he is resigning from his position to take up a role as the CEO of the Southern Football and Netball League in Victoria. Finance head Michael McIntyre will take the role of interim CEO having previously held the CEO position and already having acted in the interim role most recently in 2017.
Palmer said he was proud of what he had achieved and said his overarching philosophy had been to ensure a club centric approach.
“I’ve enjoyed my time as the CEO of FFT and I am proud of what we’ve achieved whilst I’ve been in the role”.
“One of my main goals was to ensure that the clubs were at the centre of all football activities and I think we’ve achieved that. It was a big focus in the decision to decentralize the development programs and send junior development back out to the clubs under the guidance of a network of club technical directors.”
Palmer said he was departing FFT at an exciting time for football in the State.
“ The participation numbers are strong, the State League is thriving and whoever comes in to replace me does so at an exciting time for the game in Tasmania
I think the game is in a really strong position to continue to grow, we’re already the top participation sport in the Country and think there is even more room for growth.”