Peter Filopoulos - Chief Executive Officer
Peter has 25 years of highly successful experience as an accomplished senior C-Suite executive in sports administration with some of Australia’s most iconic sports and entertainment brands.
Peter’s current role is Chief Executive Officer of Football Victoria (FV) overseeing the state’s 350,000 strong organised participation base across both Men, Women, Boys and Girls of all abilities across over 340 clubs.
Prior to joining FV, Peter had a successful three (3) years as Chief Executive Officer at the Perth Glory Football Club, leading the club out of the salary cap saga that plagued them in 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season. In this role, Peter played a critical role in the business transformation of the club and developing and implementing a new strategic plan, The Perth Glory Way, driving the club in a new and exciting direction which lead to significant improvements in the club’s operations and commercial achievements. During his term, Perth Glory was also accredited as an FFA two-star academy incorporating a development pathway from 12 years of age upwards.
Peter has developed a strong reputation as a senior sports and entertainment executive with a demonstrable history of major accomplishments in all his roles as the strategic, marketing and commercial lead across a variety of Australian iconic high-performance sports brands. This includes eight (8) years with AFL clubs Hawthorn Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club, seven (7) years with the world-class Etihad Stadium located in Melbourne and 18 months National Sporting Organisation, Swimming Australia (Australian Dolphins Swim Team).
Peter is a proud Australian, born and raised in Melbourne and is married to Mary, who is a Marketing Director with global organisation Oracle and has two children, George 22 years of age and Jonathan 10 ½ years of age.
Matt Green - Senior Executive Manager | Business Operations
Matt has extensive general management experience from corporate, consulting and government across a range of industries including sport and not-for profit, agriculture, local government, manufacturing, retail, construction, financial services, banking, automotive and contingent workforce consulting. He is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with over 15 years in senior management roles, having successfully and evidenced with a clear commercial focus, driven the strategy, operations, finance, sales and support services of many businesses.
Prior to joining Football Victoria, Matt’s was the Chief Financial Officer at Mornington Peninsula Shire Council. Preceding this, he was Chief Financial Officer with Entity Solutions and has also occupied the Chief Operating Officer role at Melbourne Football Club (AFL). Additionally he has spent time with Deloitte, Tassal Group and Arthur Andersen.
Matt has a Graduate Diploma (ICAA) from ICAA Melbourne and a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts from University of Melbourne and thrives on the challenge of developing high performing teams and collaborating to lead organisations through their evolution.
Nina Azzopardi - Executive Manager | People & Culture
Nina has over 25 years in Corporate Human Resources roles where she has partnered with Executive Teams to create dynamic, collaborative and values based cultures. Her experience has been obtained in prominent multinational organisations such as Foster’s, ANZ, BP, Telstra, TAL and across a broad spectrum of industries including Mining, FMCG, Banking and Finance, Insurance, Oil, Telecommunications, Sales and Distribution and now Sports Administration. She has occupied leadership roles predominantly supporting CFO's and CEO's. Her passion is in 'connections', illuminating organisational dynamics and coaching executives for change through crafting strategies for optimal performance, growth and profit.
She is Master's qualified (Organisation Dynamics), has a Graduate Diploma (Organisational Behaviour) and a Bachelor of Business (HR Mgt & Marketing). Her thesis topic was "The Avoidance of Grief in Organisations" and she is a trained and practicing suicide prevention and crisis support counsellor.
Nina is also heavily involved in the EB Research Foundation and sits on the Cottonball Committee, where she raises awareness and funds for Epidermolysis Bullosa, “The worst disease you’ve never heard of”.
Will Hastie - Executive Manager | Football Operations
As Executive Manager of Football Operations, Will leads a team that is responsible for supporting our clubs to create the right environment for all Victorians to enjoy football.
This responsibility includes creating and managing over 40,000 fixtures a season, delivering FV’s finals events including NPL and Community finals series, administering the State’s Cup competitions including the early rounds of the FFA Cup, and regularly running club face to face forums to ensure our clubs are able to deliver the important feedback the team needs in order to continuously improve our game.
Will’s Football team is also responsible for educating the State’s pool of referees that support the game day experience players enjoy across football fields every week and ensuring that all players are correctly registered under FIFA’s governance structure in order to play the game competitively.
Will’s football background includes time as a professional player, a B licenced coach, experience in Player Welfare with the PFA and time as a local club administrator.
Will has also has experience outside of the Sport’s industry working in Strategic Marketing roles with Credit Union Australia, NAB and Australia Post.
Will’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Business: Marketing and a Diploma in Sports Administration.
Karen Pearce - Executive Manager | Growth & Inclusion
As Executive Manager of Growth & Inclusion, Karen is responsible for leading change across the whole football landscape. With 20 years’ experience as a sport executive, Karen has championed the inclusion investment and earned respect throughout government, sport and corporates for her vision, forethought and ability to influence and assist others to see diversity and inclusion as a business model.
Karen understands the structures, capacity, accountabilities and complexities in sport and how diversifying your business can improve efficiency, effectiveness, growth and an understanding of the guiding principle that it is everyone’s right to participate in sport regardless of who, what or how.