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2020 fixture preview

With the 2020 fixture release just weeks away, we take a look at some of the numbers from our fixtures of recent years.

2:43pm Oct 17, 2019

Shaw: Bonar fits the bill

Rhyce Shaw was gifted the perfect birthday present, as North Melbourne secured the services of Aiden Bonar.

1:19pm Oct 17, 2019


Ben Buckley has held Senior Executive roles in sport and sport related consumer brands for over 20 years.

He recently joined Foxtel as  Executive Director – Sport and Foxtel Victoria.

In November 2006 he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Football Federation Australia (FFA) and oversaw the growth and expansion of the A League, the Socceroos reach their second consecutive World Cup and Australia win the right to host the biggest football tournament in Asia, the Asian Cup in 2015.

Prior to joining the FFA he was Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Football League.  During his time at the AFL, 1999 to 2006, he was  responsible for managing and negotiating broadcast and media rights, strategic planning, including developing future expansion opportunities, created the annual fixture for the competition, managed the corporate partnerships and sponsorship program and had responsibility for the brand identity and marketing function.

Between 1990 and 1999 he held leadership positions and Nike and Electronic Arts, including the Vice President of Electronic Arts for Australasia and as Marketing Director for Nike in Japan for 3 years and Marketing Director for Nike in Australia.

In addition Ben holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and was a professional player in the AFL with North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL from 1986 to 1993.


Qualifications and experience
* Bachelor of Economics
* Master of Business Administration
* Australian Chartered Accountant
* Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia
* Partner with KPMG, Global professional services firm. 22 years experience in advising Australian-based and foreign multinational companies across a range of industries. Previously worked with Colonial LTD (1999-2000) and Arthur Anderson (1989 – 1999), including two years in Bangkok advising companies investing into the Asian region
* Member of Shinboner Club and Judy Francis Club
* Director of North Melbourne Football Club and Chairman of Audit & Risk Management Committee since 2007
* Played 33 senior games with Fitzroy and North Melbourne during 1989 – 1992

Memberships and affiliations
* North Melbourne Football Club
* South Australian Cricket Association
* Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
* Institute of Chartered Accountants
* Taxation Institute of Australia


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.


Since 2005, Julie has held the position of Head of Marketing for 7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd. With more than 600 stores across the Eastern Seaboard, 7-Eleven is Australia’s 3rd largest private company, the number 1 convenience store and the biggest independent fuel retailer. Julie is responsible for all elements of the marketing mix including research, category management, store design and advertising.

Prior to 7-Eleven she spent 15 years in the UK in various senior marketing roles including leading FMCG brands Coca-Cola and Red Bull and the UK’s largest food retailer Tesco Stores Ltd.

Julie was educated in Liverpool, England and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Surrey. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Marketing.

Julie lives in Melbourne with her husband and two daughters.


Brady is the Executive Chairman of his private investment company Scanlon Capital which works with the management and shareholders to grow private businesses by : 
- Enhancing the business strategy focusing on creative commercial solutions;
- Supporting the business with growth capital for expansion or M&A to create medium to long term shareholder value;
- Providing a commercial sounding board for management;
- Sourcing appropriate financial, strategic and legal expertise as required; and
- Ensuring appropriate standards of financial discipline, reporting and corporate governance;

Brady has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Law degree from Bond University .


Brian Walsh has more than 30 years’ experience working in communications and media, including senior roles at NAB, AFL and Herald Sun.

Brian Walsh is the Managing Director of Bastion Reputation Management, the Melbourne-based corporate communications and issues management company that advises a number of high profile Australian companies, sporting organisations, Government authorities and education providers.

Before establishing Bastion Reputation Management, Brian was previously General Manager of Corporate Communications at NAB after a stint at the AFL where he was the League’s first Corporate Affairs Manager between 2006-2011.

He spent 15 years working for the Herald and Weekly Times and News Limited in a number of senior Editorial roles, including Managing Editor – Sport, National Editor and Weekend Editor and has also worked in communications and media in Government and community roles.

Before working at the AFL, Brian provided strategic communications and issues management support to North Melbourne Football Club and was a member of North Melbourne’s organising committee for the Shinboner of the Century event in 2005.