Dr Sonja Hood - President
Dr Sonja Hood brings significant government relations, strategy, fundraising and organisational development skills to the board. She is CEO of Community Hubs Australia (CHA), a national partnership between government, philanthropy and schools. Over the past five years, Sonja has grown CHA from 39 sites to nearly 100, across four states, and significantly increased its funding and reach.
Sonja is a board member of the Scanlon Foundation, and formerly board chair of McAuley Community Services for Women. She has a PhD in Population Health from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s Degree in Policy from Penn State University.
From 2011-2015 Sonja was NMFC’s General Manager of Community Engagement, helping to establish The Huddle as one of the best community programs in the country, and ensuring that the club’s community and fan development programs were based where they should be – at Arden St.
Sonja comes from a long line of passionate North Melbourne supporters, and is firmly committed to the club, and to Arden St.
North Melbourne added more business acumen and experience to its Board in 2018, appointing founder and Group Managing Director of PSC Insurance Group, Paul Dwyer, as a new Director of the club.
Dwyer is a specialist investor in insurance distribution businesses which includes insurance broking, authorised representatives, franchisees, underwriting agencies, online insurance platforms, claims management, lloyds broking, and reinsurance broking.
Prior to being a founder of the PSC Insurance Group, Dwyer held a senior executive position with ASX Listed OAMPS and previously worked with CGU. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Johns Lyng Group, a Director of the Melissa and Paul Dwyer Foundation, and is actively involved in the PSC Foundation.
Dwyer and his family live in Melbourne and are passionate supporters of North Melbourne. He is also a member of North’s Chairman’s Club coterie.
Match Committee coterie group member Andrew Harris joined the Kangaroos’ board in March 2022.
Founder and managing partner of commercial legal firm, Harris Carlson Lawyers, Harris has served as honorary legal counsel to the club since 2006.
A lifelong, fourth generation North Melbourne supporter, he is a founding member of the club’s Integrity Committee and founding director of the club’s public ancillary fund, the Shinboners Foundation.
The Board's most recent acquisition, Selina Lightfoot joins as an experienced company director having been a board member across a range of industry sectors over the past 10 years following an executive career in corporate law.
Lightfoot's current non-executive directorships include roles with Hydro Tasmania, South East Water and Tasmanian Development and Resources, with other current and recent roles in health and aged care, retail and professional services. Together with her corporate and commercial experience, she brings expertise in risk, strategy and people and culture.
She is also a long-time fan of the Kangaroos.
Rodney Piltz joins the board after many years of involvement with the club as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee since 2007 and the Integrity Committee since 2021. Piltz is also a current member of the Shinboner Foundation.
With more than 30 years experience with leading global professional services firm Ernst & Young, Piltz is currently the Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young Melbourne office and an Assurance Partner with extensive experience in external and internal audit, risk management and governance.
He is also a member of the Match Committee coterie group.
Highly respected marking executive Suzana Ristevski joined the board in August 2021 along with Anthony Stevens following the retirements of Glenn Archer and Julie Laycock.
Ristevski is the chief marketing officer at National Australia Bank and has held key executive roles at major multinational brands General Electric and Optus.
She is also a lifelong North Melbourne supporter.
Former captain and two-time premiership player Anthony Stevens is one of the most revered figures in the club’s history.
Stevens also won the second of his two Syd Barker Medals in the Roos’ last premiership year of 1999.
A former player manager and current sales executive, Stevens is also the President of the club’s Past Players and Officials’ Association.
Dr Harry Unglik
With one of the most successful sports medicine clinics in Melbourne, the Midtown Medical Clinic, Harry Unglik specialises in sports medicine but brings extensive knowledge of general practice, with a passion for holistic health and well-being.
He was the Medical Officer for the North Melbourne Football Club from 1983 to 2001 and this has enabled him to practise sports medicine with elite athletes at the highest level.
Harry was selected as an Olympic doctor for the Sydney Olympics and the doctor for the All-Australian AFL team touring Ireland in 2000 and 2001, and served as the Medical Director of the AFL from 2001-2017.
He is a life member at North Melbourne and the AFL and was instrumental in designing the AFL’s Illicit Drug Policy. He was also involved in protocols for Concussion, now used by the AFL.
Chief Executive Officer - Jennifer Watt
Chief Commercial Officer - Orry Lack
GM - Consumer - Scott Wood
GM - Digital Media & Communications - Michael Tormey
GM - Finance & Administration - Chris Simmonds
GM - Football - Todd Viney
GM - People & Culture - Meg Lauritz
GM - Strategy & Legal - James Gallagher
Chief Executive Officer - The Huddle - Cameron McLeod