Nick has been on the Club’s board for four and a half years and has been the President since December 2017. He has been responsible for establishing the Team 25 sponsorship group which has raised over $370,000 in its five years.
Outside of his involvement with Sandringham Football Club, Nick started his professional career with Penfold Motors. He worked with the business for 15 years before getting into real estate. Nick believes that since getting into real estate, he hasn’t worked a day in his life as his passion for it continues to grow. Nick has developed his own business which has grown from having one employee and selling 23 houses to now employing 20 people and selling well over 200 properties under management.
Dave Burgin has been involved with the Sandringham Football Club since 1978. He began as a Committee Member and was inducted into the Sandringham FC Hall of Fame in 2014. Dave has volunteered his time around the Club since the late 1970’s. His love for the football club developed as he spent plenty of his free time coming down to watch games prior to his direct involvement.
Before becoming involved with the Club, Dave worked as a contractor in the trucking industry. Dave looks back with extremely fond memories when the club won the 1985 Premiership. He believes this will be remembered as a defining moment in his time with the Club.
John had previously been a sponsor of the Club before resuming his current role of Vice President in 2007. He has also been the Coterie President for the last 10 years.
Outside of his involvement with Sandringham Football Club, John has made a name for himself within the funeral industry. Since entering the industry in 1974, John has held numerous roles including Manager of W D Rose in Cheltenham, Regional Manager for the Southern Suburbs for LePine Funerals, General Manager of Blackwell Funerals, White Lady Funerals and Simplicity Funerals in Adelaide. John was formerly with Le Pine Funerals, and is now with Tobin Brothers Funerals where he is acting and conducting funeral services.
John’s involvement in the funeral industry also saw him become the National President of the Australian Funeral Directors Association and received an OAM for Services to the Community. Outside of his professional life, John previously clocked horses at Caulfield for trainers for 20 years and was a member of the Mordialloc Rotary Club for 28 years, as well as being President.
Dennis has been involved with Sandringham Football Club since 1983, holding the position of Secretary since then also. In his time at the club Dennis has also held the position of Chairman of the Team of the Century Organising Committee, Chairman of Risk and Governance Sub Committee and also the Legal Counsel to club [Honorary].
Dennis began his time in football when he made the senior list at Box Hill in 1974. Since then he has held the position of Under 19 Team Manager of Hawthorn Football Club before becoming involved with Sandringham. Dennis is perhaps most famously known for blowing the whistle on 3AW when he found out that the Western Bulldogs and Fitzroy boards had merged in 1989. He was the CEO of the Western Bulldogs at the time and resigned from his position on air.
Chris has been involved with Sandringham Football Club since 2017 and has taken over the Treasurer role at the Club.
Chris has 30 years of experience primarily in the financial management of superannuation and retirement funds of Australian workers. Chris started his career as an accountant/auditor with KPMG. He is now a financial controller of an industry superfund. Chris has held this position for over 20 years. Strictly speaking Chris is an investment accountant.
Chris has been a local resident of Bayside for almost 20 years and is passionate about his local community and AFL.
The first ever Queenslander to post 300 AFL games Ashcroft’s career with the Brisbane Bears/Lions spanned 15 years and 318 games, and culminated in the historic premiership hat-trick of 2001-02-03.
A Gold Coast product, he came through the ranks at Surfers Paradise and Southport, and was a standout Queensland junior who made his AFL debut in 1989. During his playing career Ashcroft completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting Major).
A member of the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame, and chosen in the back pocket in the Queensland Team of the Century, Ashcroft spent 12 months as Club Development Manager with AFLQ club Broadbeach in 2004 before four years as Football Administration Manager at the Lions 2005-08. In 2009 he joined the Gold Coast Football Club as an assistant coach in the TAC Cup and VFL before taking the reins as General Manager - Football Operations from 2011 to 2017.
Ashcroft and his family moved to Melbourne when he took up the role of National Talent Manager with the AFL in 2018 before joining Sandringham as CEO in November 2020. Now a local Bayside resident where his wife and three kids work and attend school.
Danielle is the newly appointed Executive Manager of the South Melbourne Market, responsible for the strategy, infrastructure, licensing, marketing, events, staff, finances and more.
In previous roles with the AFL, Peter Jones Special Events and Hawthorn Football Club she has over 20 years’ experience in the event industry and 16 years’ within the AFL industry via Club and the AFL.
Danielle also Chairs the Women for Challenge Committee which delivers the very popular Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend Gala Dinner, raising much needed funds for Challenge, Kids with Cancer and sits on the Million Dollar Lunch Committee which runs an event that raises money for childhood cancer research.
Danielle is excited to join the Board of the Sandringham Football Club and looks forward to contributing her knowledge and expertise to the Club, whilst forging great relationships with Club members.
A Director courtesy of his role as the Head of List Management at the St Kilda Football Club, James operates as a conduit between the two clubs.
James has had a long career in football, playing professionally with the Adelaide Crows from 2001 – 2004 and in the SANFL with Norwood from 1999 – 2012.
Throughout that time, and since retiring from football, James has had a significant career in finance with Westpac (4 years) and then Macquarie Bank (8 years), whilst also coaching at SANFL and VAFA level.
Matthew is a fourth generation Sandringham Zebras supporter. Passionate about community sport, Matthew's role on the Board is to strengthen ties between the Zebras and the Bayside community's sporting clubs. Matthew served 3 successful seasons as President of the Hampton Rovers in the VAFA. His tenure saw the Rovers win back-to-back premierships, rising from D-Grade to B-Grade. Since graduating from St Leonard's College in 2000, Matthew has worked as an AFL Player Manager and is now a Real Estate Agent with Buxton - Sandringham.
Tessie is an outstanding communicator, project and event manager and operations (sports industry) specialist with a skill set that could translate into almost any industry - especially in the AFL/VFL industry. She has worked at the AFL for almost 20 years as Match Day Operations Manager and over the last 3 years at the Collingwood Football Club as Women’s Football Operations Manager. Tessie is dependable, hard-working and honest in her everyday manner.
Tessie commenced her role on our Board in December 2020 where she will play a lead role in the direction of our Women’s Program. Her long and extensive experience at the highest level will drive high performance throughout our Football Club.
Peter recently retired after 30 years as International Sales and Marketing Manager with Tamco Australia, specialising in electrical switchgear up to 33,000 volts.
Prior to that appointment Peter spent 25 years working for Siemens, 8 of which was in Germany, giving him and his family opportunities to travel the world. Peter became a Board Member in 1993, but shortly after another opportunity arose to work in Hong Kong on the new Airport project.
Returning to Melbourne in 2002 he was appointed General Manager of UMK Australia and resumed his involvement with the Sandringham Football Club by taking up residence at the North Gate during home games.
Please say hello and make yourself known when you next attend a Zebs games. Being a Bayside resident all his life, Peter again became a Board Member in 2010. He feels passionate about the Zebras and likes to help out in any capacity. In the off season Peter is a volunteer with Athletics Victoria as a photo finish operator, time keeper, track judge or officiating as an track umpire.