SA Football Commission

The SA Football Commission manages and controls the affairs of the SANFL, including its major financial investments and the appointment of committees.

The Commission comprises seven non-executive elected members and two non-executive appointed Commissioners. Elected Commissioners are appointed for a three-year term by the League Directors and appointed Commissioners are appointed by the elected Commissioners for one year terms.

The Commission’s actions are bound by the Associations Incorporation Act, the SANFL Constitution and the League’s own regulations.

SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed SANFL President and Commission Chairman in November 2010.
  • Appointed a member of the Commission in February 2010.
  • Appointed Chairman of the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority Board in April 2014
  • Early involvement with Kadina Football Club, cemented during his tenure as Kadina Mayor in the 1970s.
  • Awarded Life Membership of the West Adelaide Football Club
  • Served as West Adelaide’s number one ticket holder for 17 years.
  • Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.
  • Served as the 42nd Premier of South Australia from 1996 to 2001. After leaving politics, he was appointed by the Howard Government as Australian Consul-General to Los Angeles and later became the Australian Consul-General in New York.

SA Football Commissioner pgallagher_2015

  • Member of the SA Football Commission since 2000.
  • Served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance Committee since inception.
  • Served as Norwood Football Club’s League Director (1995-1999), Club Chairman (1996-1999), Board Member (1990-1999), Match Committee member and Selector (1986-1995).
  • Awarded life membership of both the Norwood Football Club and the SANFL.
  • Played 292 games and kicked 216 goals over 14 seasons (1973-1986).
  • Captained Norwood from 1981-1982, played eight State matches and was a member of four Norwood Premiership teams.
  • Inducted into the Norwood Football Club Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • Philip has been in private practice as an accountant since 1975. Following the completion of a Degree in Accounting in 1981 and admitted as Chartered Accountant in 1984 Phillip has operated his own practice since 1985.

dmccaffrie_2015SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed a member of the Commission in February 2004.
  • Chaired sub-committees reviewing the SANFL’s underage structure (2008) and the League Tribunal (2007-2008).
  • Involved in football administration since the 1980s.
  • Served 13 years as a member of the West Adelaide Football Club’s Management Committee.
  • Appointed West Adelaide’s Chairman and President in 1993 and 1994 respectively – positions he held until joining the Commission.
  • Served as SANFL League Director for 11 years and was a member of the SANFL Boundaries Commission in 1990.
  • Awarded SANFL Life Membership in 2005.
  • Dion has been a Solicitor and the Partner of Andersons Solicitors for 36 years. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1975.

RICHARD ALLENrallen_2015
SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed a member of the Commission in October 2010.
  • Served as Sturt Football Club’s Treasurer (1995-2010), later becoming a Club Board Member (1999-2010)
  • Appointed Sturt President in 2005, a role he held for six years.
  • Awarded life membership of the Sturt Football Club, Scotch Old Collegians Football Club and the SA Amateur Football League.
  • Richard is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia. He has served as the director of his own public accounting and tax agency firm, Allen & Co since 1995.


TOM ZORICHtzorich_2015
SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed to the Central District Football Club Board in 1994
  • Appointed Club Vice-Chairman and Football Director in 1999
  • Appointed Club Chairman in 2006, a role he has held for five seasons
  • Central District player (1974-1977)
  • Managing Director of the Zorich Group that owns Sportspower, JT Surf and Rivalry Urbanwear
  • Involved in the retail industry for 25 years
  • Elected member for the City of Gawler for four years (2006-2010)
  • Director on the Board of Sportspower in the 1990s

SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed a member of the Commission in March 2015.
  • First female Commissioner since the SA Football Commission began in 1991.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Accounting and a Graduate Certificate of Management.
  • Chief Executive of Lotteries SA for more than 20 years.
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Management.
  • Current board member of SA Health and Medical Research Institute and Forestry Corporation SA.
  • Member of the Essential Services Commission of SA.

SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed a member of the Commission in 2016.
  • Former General Manager of High Performance at Netball SA.
  • High Performance Accredited Netball Coach, former dual championship Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach; Australian Diamonds and ‘Australian Fast5 Flyers’ Assistant Coach.
  • Holds a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Applied Science (Sports Coaching).
  • Current Head of Sport Development and High Performance at Westminster School.
  • Published Author with Human Kinetics, Director of Activebods Pty Ltd active wear company.


SA Football Commissioner

  • Appointed a member of the Commission in 2016, Peter Lindner has been involved with Country Football for the past 26 years. He played in 5 winning premierships with Olympic Dam Football Club, Captain in 1998 and played a total of 138 games.
  • Elected to the Olympic Dam Football Club Committee in 1991, Peter held positions of Secretary in 1992, Chairman for the next nine years and then President for four years before standing down in 2005.
  • President of the Woomera & Districts Football League in 2005 – 2008 and nominated as Patron in 2009.
  • Life Member of the Olympic Dam Football Club, Life Member of Woomera & Districts Football League and Merit Award Recipient of the SANFL.
  • Member of the Community Football Board.

SA Football Commissioner

  • David Shipway has had a long involvement with football administration. After being elected to West Adelaide’s management committee in 1985, he served as club Chairman in 1988–89 and President from 1990–94 as well as serving on the SANFL’s Future Direction of Football Committee from 1992–94.
  • Appointed as a member of the SA Football Commission in 1997, he became Chairman of the Affiliated Leagues Council the following year and was Chairman of the inaugural Community Football Board in 2009.
  • David is a Life Member of the West Adelaide Football Club (2000), was awarded SANFL Life Membership in 2008 and received an AFL Merit Award in 2010 for outstanding service to community football.



The SANFL League Directors represent the interests of the SANFL clubs – Central District, Glenelg, North Adelaide, Norwood, South Adelaide, Sturt, West Adelaide and Woodville-West Torrens.

A Community Football delegate serves alongside the League Directors to ensure the interests of grassroots football are represented at the highest level.

The League Directors are also responsible for appointing elected members to the SA Football Commission.

These directors are:

  • David Cavenett (Central District)
  • Nick Chigwidden (Glenelg)
  • Malcolm Ellis (North Adelaide)
  • Paul Di Iulio (Norwood)
  • Peter Alexander APM (South Adelaide)
  • Donald Stephens (Sturt)
  • Paul Sperling (West Adelaide)
  • Kurt Slaven (Woodville-West Torrens)
  • The Hon. Rob Kerin (Community Football)

Major Partner

Premier Partners

Supporting Partners

Government Partners