VAFA Board

The VAFA Board comprises 10 members plus VAFA CEO Brett Connell. Each member of the Board belongs to a designated sub-committee. The Board meets monthly throughout the season with VAFA Members invited to attend the key Annual General Meeting on the first Monday of December and for a pre-season March Members Meeting in the first Monday in March.

You can view a list of all VAFA Board Members below:

George Voyage OAM


George Voyage began his VAFA career in 1970 and he went on to play 240 games for Caulfield Grammarians over eighteen seasons.

He was granted life membership of that club. Soon after, he was appointed that club’s senior coach, a position he held in two stints for three years.

In between, he was appointed to various roles for the VAFA U19 rep teams.

In 1997, he was appointed VAFA A-D4 and C-D4 Representative Team Senior coach- and enjoyed an envious winning streak in that position with only one loss (in his first year at the helm).

He relinquished that role in 2008 when he was elected to the board of the VAFA where he also  chairs the Football,Growth and Development Sub-Committee

George was awarded a VAFA Merit award in 2005 and the VAFA Personality of the year in 2007. He was elected President in December 2018.

Adam Kirkwood-Scott


Played at Old Haileyburians Football Club from 1988 – 2000 playing 147 games.

Adam was a member of the committee at Old Haileyburians during the period 2005- 2007 serving as treasurer in 2005 and is a proud commercial sponsor of the club since 2001.

A qualified public certified practicing accountant, member of the Australian Society of Certified practising accountants(A.S.C.P.A ), registered Tax Agent and currently a Director and a member of the Executive Board at William Buck Vic.

Adam started in public practice in 2000 as Eaglecott Pty Ltd and the practice grew to a level to facilitate a successful merger with chartered accounting practice William Buck Vic in 2011.

Loves the outdoors including playing golf, horse racing and spending time with the family.

Mick Overman


Mick joins the VAFA Board as Director of Representative Football and a member of the Finance and Risk sub-committee.

Mick played over 120 games with St Bernard’s in the ‘80’s and after establishing his professional career and young family, he returned to St Bernard’s as an administrator and coach. He joined the Junior committee in 1999, later becoming the Junior’s President and Director of Football for five years. He graduated to become the Senior President from 2006 until 2009.

Mick started the St Bernard’s Auskick program in 2000, received life membership in 2004 and was awarded Best Clubman in 2008.

Since 2010, Mick has worked with the VAFA as a volunteer Board Ambassador and held roles as the Big V representative team manager at all levels. He has been the manager of the senior representative team for the last three seasons.

Mick is an accountant in public practise with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He is married with three adult children and is a keen fisherman.

Anthony Amad

Anthony first played at Marcellin OCFC in 1978. He played over 200 games and also served on the committee for 10 years as both the Vice President and the Fundraising Manager.

Anthony was elected as a VAFA board member in 2006 after serving as a representative selector since 1999.

He has served on the Football, Marketing and General Committees and his primary focus is the Big V Club, an annual gathering of former representative players.

Nigel Credlin

Nigel played for five seasons at Old Camberwell and played in their 2001 premiership side. He was captain of the club for two seasons and is also a Life Member of the club. Nigel played representative football for the Senior Big V side on seven occasions and was named as an All-Australian Amateur after the carnival in the early 2000’s.

For the past three seasons Nigel has been involved in the Big V Representative program as a selector and for the past two has been Director of the Representative Program.

Nigel has worked providing strategic investment advice at Evans and Partners since its inception in 2007.

Nigel was appointed to the VAFA Board in 2013 and currently sits on the Football Growth and Development Sub-Committee.

Nigel and his wife Kate have three children.

Peta Olive

Peta joined the VAFA Board in 2019 and prior to joining the Board served as both a tribunal member of the VAFA and as a member of the VAFA’s Independent Integrity Division.

Peta is the Manager of Acquisition and Compensation at VicRoads which is now part of the Department of Transport.  Prior to joining the Department of Transport, Peta was a Principal Lawyer/Partner and her legal career spanned 20 years in a number of private practice law firms in Melbourne. Peta’s legal expertise focused on compulsory land acquisitions, commercial litigation, dispute resolution and corporate insolvency. Peta was admitted to practice in 2000 and holds bachelor degrees in Law (Hons) and Arts.

Peta is a former board director and deputy chair of Women’s Health West which is an organisation committed to improving equality and justice for women living in Melbourne’s western region. Peta has also provided tutorials in Property Law at the University of Melbourne in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and has been a mentor in the Law Institute of Victoria’s junior lawyer mentoring program.

Peta and her husband, Justin Clarke, have two sons, Sullivan and Darcy, who are both fanatical AusKickers.

Dean Matthews

Dean began his VAFA career with Bulleen Templestowe where he played 19 seasons between 1991 and 2009. Dean featured in the 2004 and 2008 senior premierships, captained the club for seven seasons, and kicked a club record 670 goals. He was inducted as a Life Member in 2000 and is a member of the Team of the Century. He finished his career with 309 games and was inducted into the VAFA’s 300-game club.

He represented the Big V 12 times throughout his career – including four as captain – and went on to coach in 2012. He was recruited straight out of Bulleen Templestowe (B Grade) by St Kilda with pick 43 in the 1994 AFL draft. Off the field, Dean has contributed significantly to the Bullants with more than 15 years of service on the club’s committee.

Professionally, he has vast senior sponsorship and marketing experience and a deep understanding of sports administration at a national level.

Dean has been married to Pip for 18 years and they have two children, Jake and Caitlin.

Frank Dunell

Originally from Windsor-Zillmere in the Queensland Australian Football League, Frank was recruited by Essendon and made his senior VFL debut in 1979. He played 100 games for the Bombers, including the 1984 premiership, before moving home to Queensland and forming part of the original Brisbane Bears squad in 1987.

Frank has coached in the VAFA since his retirement, firstly as a player coach with St Bernard’s from 1991-1993 where he took them to A Section after winning the B Section premiership. He then coached North Old Boys, Old Essendon, Old Melbournians and Old Geelong.

He was the senior coach of the VAFA State U23 team and in 2005 took the All-Australian Amateur team to Ireland to play against the All-Ireland team as the head coach.

Terry McEvoy

Terry’s VAFA career started in 1989 when he first played for Aquinas Old Collegians.

He joined the Aquinas committee in 1990 and served for six years, including three as vice-president, before taking the reigns as U19’s coach for eight seasons. After re-joining the committee in 2013, Terry was appointed president in 2017 and oversaw the implementation of a women’s team, two senior premierships, one reserves and one U19’s during his three-year tenure.

He was awarded life membership of the club in 2001.

Terry has worked in the vocational education sector for 20 years – most recently in senior leadership roles focused on strategic planning and supporting operational process.

He is currently an associate director at RMIT, overseeing partnerships and collaboration with government and private industry.

Cheryl Cartwright

Cheryl is an experienced non-executive director and political adviser, who brings strong competencies across governance, politics and bureaucracy, communications, and management.

Cheryl is a current Director at Barton Deakin Government Relations one of Australia’s largest and most respected government relations companies.

Cheryl was formerly CEO of Australian Pipeline Industry Association, Chief of Staff to the Hon Warren Truss MP (1997-2004), a media and political adviser and journalist.

Megan Taberner

Megan is an experienced lawyer who specialises in employment law. She has a strong understanding of the VAFA competition and its values after spending the past four years as an active member of the VAFA’s Independent Integrity Committee.

Megan completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University before deciding to pursue a career in law.

Megan is a keen sports woman, having ridden horses and competed in eventing during her teenage years, and having played netball in both rural Victoria and Melbourne.