Executive Management Team
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.
George Angelopoulous - Executive Manager | Strategic Projects
Returning to Football Victoria in late 2016 after an eight year absence, George is one of our games most experienced and enduring football administrators.
A person of high integrity and with a real passion for the beautiful game, George now heads up the Strategic Projects Unit at Football Victoria. As part of his remit, George works closely with the FV Standing Committees, Zone Representatives, Regional Associations, Clubs and various other Committees of Management and special focus groups. Another of George’s key activities is to develop long term relationships and partnerships with those organisations that currently sit outside of FV’s umbrella.
In addition, George also oversees Football Victoria’s international program, as well as the commercial operations and community aspect of the State Football Centre at Darebin and the Knox Regional Football Centre.
With more than 25 years sport management experience, George brings a broad and very unique skill set to FV’s Executive Team. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in both Sports Management and Marketing, and is married with a teenage son.
Anthony Grima - Executive Manager | Commercial, Marketing and External Affairs
Anthony has been employed by Football Victoria (FV) since 2008 in various roles including commercial, sponsorship, media, sales, talented player development, elite team management and Futsal.
Currently Executive Manager, Commercial, Marketing and External Affairs. Responsible for the strategic management of FV's sustainability activities and oversees sponsor, licensing and partner activation at all relevant FV events/programs including FV's Community in Business network and formerly also the Melbourne Victory W-League program.
Anthony is also intrinsically responsible for maximising the profile of FV and ensuring the implementation of a master brand and marketing strategy and overseeing the delivery of all FV media and communications.
Anthony was previously Team Manager of the Melbourne Victory National Youth League program and has been FV's representative for major football events held in Victoria including the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Australia, 2015 & 2016 International Championship Cup tournaments, the Real Madrid World of Football Premiere, the FIFA Ferenc Puskas Award Tour and Statue unveiling and Socceroos and Matildas matches held in Victoria.
In 2018, Anthony represented Australia as a journalist at the Football For Friendship international children’s social program in Moscow, Russia, ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Nina Azzopardi - Executive Manager | People
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”.
Gary Cole - Executive Manager | Facilities & Advocacy
Gary is a former Socceroo. A customer focused, results driven, leader with a diverse background and extensive experience in strategic development and implementation, project management, marketing and operations in complex organisations. He has a proven track record in delivering success through good governance; delivery of organisational processes and building high performance individuals and teams.
Gary is a qualified teacher and coach and has over 20 years’ experience working in the Sports, Aquatics and Recreation industries. He worked with Belgravia Leisure in the Leisure industry where he was the State Manager for Victoria, leading Facility Managers of a wide range of community indoor and outdoor swimming pools, health clubs and golf courses.
Gary has also worked as a football coach and administrator at the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission. He helped to set up Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League as Football Operations Manager a role he also had at Sydney FC. During his time with Melbourne Victory Gary was invited to be a part of a Steering Committee for the design of AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Gary leads a small Facility & Advocacy Team at FV that works closely with Clubs, LGA’s (Councils), Industry organisations and State and Federal Government to plan, develop and fund grassroots football facilities across Victoria. The Facility & Advocacy Team have delivered the ‘State Football Facilities Strategy to 2026’ in conjunction with Sport and Recreation Victoria which outlines the growing need for new facilities and increased capacity for existing pitches.
Will Hastie - Executive Manager | Football
As Executive Manager of Football, 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 fixturing 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 field 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 qualification include a Bachelor of Business: Marketing and a Diploma in Sports Administration.
Leanne Conrad - Executive Manager | Finance
Leanne Conrad is a leading financial, governance and business system automation expert with vast experience gained in both corporate and the not for profit sectors.
Leanne is a long standing fellow of the Governance Institute, a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne together with a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance.
Leanne’s current role is Executive Manager – Business Operations leading Football Victoria’s Finance IT & Administration departments and supporting the CEO to make better informed football decisions with simplified, accurate and timely data.
Leanne also heads up the Legal, Regulatory, Tribunal & Discipline team enabling the organisation to lead the way in integrity and governance matters with best practice policies and procedures.
Commencing her career at PWC in Audit and Corporate Finance Leanne gained invaluable experience working on large clients such as Nike, Morgan, JP Were, JP Morgan, Equal Opportunity Board and Swiss Reinsurance.
She then worked as the Financial Controller and Assistant Company Secretary at the Business Council of Australia. And held a Corporate Legal Analyst and Financial Management role at Centro Properties group for over fifteen years where she was involved in the creation of syndicated shopping centres and later throughout the GFC gained M&A experience whilst managing one of Australia’s most complex legal entity corporate structures and registers.
Leanne has held various board roles currently sitting on the Board of Greif line and is a passionate volunteer at the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.
Jason Charles - Executive Manager | Clubs
Joining FV in July 2018, Jason brings over 3 decades of voluntary football involvement to his role as EM – Clubs & Communities.
Starting as a junior player at Watsonia Heights SC, and a referee in his teens, Jason became heavily involved in the administration of Women’s Football through the 1980’s and 90’s; as a Committee member and President of the Victorian Women’s Soccer Association and Director of the Australian WSA. These positions led to his election to the then VSF Commission in the late 90’s and subsequently Life Membership of Football Victoria at the age of 31. He has also been involved at club level, coaching at MiniRoos and Senior levels and as a Zone Representative and Chair of the Junior Standing Committee.
Jason’s professional background is in operations and business development, specializing in franchising, skills that have been intrinsic to the development of FVs Club Ambassador and Club Engagement Programs.
Passionate about the game, he is thrilled to work with a great team supporting all Clubs and Regional Associations and delivering a range of initiatives to grow participation through Women & Girls, MiniRoos, All Abilities, Multicultural and Social programs.
Jason is married to Penni with 3 young boys, Tyler, Lachlan and Xavier all now starting their journeys in the beautiful game.