Nick Johnstone is a local business owner, running and operating a residential Real Estate office in the local Bayside community, Nick Johnstone Real Estate. Nick has been on the board since 2016 and President of Sandringham Football Club since December 2017.
Nick is passionate about local football and ensuring the club has a bright future as he recognises the importance of having a great community club based at Trevor Barker Beach Oval. Since joining the board Nick has been responsible for establishing and overseeing the growth and the success of Zebras Team 25 which he put together as a group of like-minded business people who are determined to make Sandringham Football Club a vibrant community club. Nick has been very generous in his support of all fund raising activities at the club and is always looking for opportunities to partner with sponsors and making sure that all the stakeholders in the football club are made to feel comfortable and welcome when they arrive at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
Nick is energetic in everything he does and is very excited about the future of the club, “we have a great board with a wide range of skills and expertise, the challenges are always there for a club of our size but we see where there are challenges, there are opportunities”. Nick would love any locals who love their footy to come down to Trevor Barker Oval and support their local team, “I would love to see the ground absolutely packed with passionate Zebras supporters, screaming the stand down”.
John Fowler began in the funeral industry in 1974, he was appointed manager of W D Rose in Cheltenham in 1984, in 1987 he transferred to Le Pine Funerals as the regional manager for the Southern suburbs of Melbourne, in 1995 he was appointed General Manager of Blackwell funerals, White Lady Funerals and Simplicity Funerals in Adelaide SA. In 1998 John returned to Melbourne where he was appointed the General Manager of Le Pine funerals & in 2011 W D Rose also joined the Group.
John has been on the Sandringham board since 2007 as Vice President and a board member, John is extremly well connected within the local community, he is a member of the Melbourne Football Club Coterie, a Paul Harris Fellow, Current member of the Mordialloc Rotary club, a Patron of the 20 MAN FUND, a life member of the Caulfield Cricket Club , a past President of the Victorian Funeral Directors Association, a Past President of the Mordialloc Rotary Club and is currently the Junior Vice President of The Australian Funeral Directors Association. John was also a delegate to the Cheltenham Netball Association for a number of years.
Dennis Galimberti first became the Sandringham FC Secretary from 1984 to 1986, including the premiership drought breaking 1985 year.
He was then appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Footscray Football Club in 1987, a position he held for 10 years until 1996. He was also Footscray’s alternate Director (to then President Dr Tony Capes) on the VFL Board in 1987 and 1988.
In 1989, when the Footscray FC was being secretly merged with the Fitzroy Football Club, Dennis blew the whistle which led to a Court case and a subsequent public appeal which overturned the proposed merger and allowed the Club to resume its position in the VFL (now AFL) and compete in its own right. Footscray FC (now rebranded as the Western Bulldogs FC) has since continued to successfully compete in the AFL, culminating in the historic 2016 premiership.
After his tenure at Footscray FC ended, he re-joined the Board at Sandringham FC in 1999 when the VFL was being restructured in order for AFL teams to be admitted to the VFL competition in partnership with former VFA Clubs.
Dennis wrote a paper to the Sandringham FC Board recommending that it become aligned with Melbourne Football Club, the first alignment of the VFL and which led to a premiership in 2000.
Dennis was made a Life Member of the Western Bulldogs FC in 2000.
Dennis was again made Secretary of Sandringham FC the next season, a position he has held for 18 consecutive years. During the period, the Club won a three-peat of premierships from 2004 to 2006, and won the minor premiership in 2007.
Dennis was made Life member of the Sandringham FC in 2008, and of the VFL in 2014 and was awarded the Gary Gilchrist Memorial Award for Outstanding Service in 2016.
Matthew is a fourth generation Sandringham Zebras supporter. Passionate about community sport, Matthew's role with 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.
After a successful thirty year career in advertising, Paul started his own business consulting practice (pgardner.com.au pty ltd) in 2011 to specialise in branding and marketing communications as well as investing in green field start-ups in Australia and overseas. A former Chairman of the Melbourne Football Club (2003 - 2008), Paul was the number one ticket holder for the Zebras from 2012-2017, before joining the Board in 2018. A regular contributor on radio and television, Paul is a Sensei (Master) in kyokushin karate and in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to charity, the Arts and the advertising industry.
Jo is an active board member who is part of the Sandringham Football Club Women’s Football Working Part and also the Sandy by the Bay sub committee. She has also been involved with some key hires and currently sits on the Nominating Committee. She has also been on the board for two and a half years. Jo is also a board member with Rotary Club of Brighton.
Jo originally started her career in finance before finding her niche in marketing and advertising. This led her to her passion for creating behavioural change and optimising people/organisational potential. Since then Jo has moved into roles with Kmart and NAB and is now currently in the role of Director in Career Management Services at a national company based in the Bayside area.
Jo’s work throughout the community and in the business world hasn’t gone unrecognised. Last year she was selected to be part of the Government of Victoria’s Inaugural Women’s Board Leadership Program.
As part of her work with the Rotary Club of Brighton, Jo organised a world record attempt in which the most people at once break a glow stick. This attempt consisted of 1400 people. This also raised $10,000 Robert Connor Dawes Foundation.
A director courtesy of his role within St Kilda Football Club and operates as a conduit between the two clubs. An experienced sports administrator having previously held senior roles across a variety of sports. As Group Sports Manager at the Australian Institute of Sport, he oversaw the operation of a number of Olympic sports in the lead into Beijing 2008. Leaving that role at the culmination of the Olympics, he moved to become GM Cricket at the South Australian Cricket Association for 7 years and across both time periods he was a member of Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel from 2006 – 2011. Married with 2 teenage children, Jamie has both a passion for high performance sport and a variety of experiences within it.
Chris Salamousas is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants. He has 30 years of experience primarily in the financial management of Superannuation and Retirement funds of Australian workers. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Meat Industry Employees’ Superannuation Fund which manages over $800M in investment assets. He has held this position for over 20 years. Chris has been a local resident of bayside for almost 20 years and is passionate about the local community and in particular Australian rules football.
Danny brings a wealth of sports management experience to the Sandringham Football Club having previously worked as the General Manager of Football at both the Essendon and Melbourne Football Clubs. Danny was instrumental in creating the first ever AFL/VFL alignment between Melbourne and Sandringham, with the alignment being one of the great success stories for both clubs with Sandringham winning four premierships between 2000 - 2007. Danny also spent six years at Essendon in the early 1990s that saw the Bomber’s win the 1993 AFL Premiership and the 1993 and 1994 night premierships.
In 2004, with both Melbourne and Sandringham on top of their respective ladders, Danny was appointed CEO of Athletics Australia. In that role he oversaw the Australian Athletics team during the Australia’s most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Melbourne in 2006 and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games which remains Australia’s most successful Athletics performance since the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He then in 2010 became the inaugural General Manager of Rugby Operations at the Melbourne Rebels where he was involved in the building of a professional sporting club from scratch.
A Bayside resident for the past 20 years Danny is now involved in the business of fine wine and spirits and has stood aside as SFC President after 4 years in the Chair. Danny was instrumental in building a strong relationship with the St Kilda Football Club and in the smooth transition of Nick Johnstone into position as President and the appointment of our new CEO David Cannizzo to take over the position John Mennie after 36 years of service. Danny has remained on the Board to assist both Nick and David as they take over the day-to-day running of the 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 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 again resumed his Sandringham football interests by taking up residence at the North Gate on 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 whatever 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.
David is simultaneously a Board Member of the Sandringham Football Club while also CEO. He is a recognised sports organisation professional specialising in management, commercial growth, club/team/participant development, marketing, events and stakeholder relations. He has been an innovative and strategically driven leader focused on best practice and exceptional results while being motivated by continual improvement. David holds a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Sport and Leisure Management) and is currently undertaking his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at La Trobe University. David has extensive sport experience with a thorough understanding of organisational management responsibilities within a fast-paced and demanding environment. David is married, has two young boys and is also Board Director at Gymnastics Victoria.