AFI ADVISORY BOARD
Vale Ron Barassi
Ron Barassi is a legend for many reasons – an incredible player, revolutionary coach and enduring media personality. For more than 50 years he was one of the most influential people in the game.
Barassi won a staggering 10 premierships as a player and coach. As a player he helped Melbourne win 6 flags, winning the team’s best-and-fairest award in 1961 and 1964. His coaching career began at Carlton, guiding them to flags in 1968 and 1970. At North Melbourne he coached the Kangaroos to premierships in 1975 and 1977.
Barassi returned to the Demons in 1981, laying the foundations for what would become a revitalised Melbourne side. He returned to coaching in 1993, taking over the rock-bottom Sydney Swans. His status as an AFL legend, savvy media ability and unparalleled coaching record made him uniquely qualified to carve out a space in the rugby heartland. In his three seasons in Sydney, he helped put both AFL football and the Sydney Swans on the map in the Harbour City.
Barassi had a lifelong involvement in football. He was passionate about the development and expansion of Australian Football, whether it be at junior, regional or international level. He is greatly missed.
Corina Dutlow, Community Engagement Manager
Corina was born in Australia to European and Asian parents. She has volunteered and worked with the Filipino community as well as other multicultural communities for more than 10 years. She is currently serving the Australian-Filipino community in Victoria in a Senior Management position of a Filipino community service agency.
Corina is passionate about working with communities to celebrate cultural identity and working together on common challenges faced by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Corina established the first AFL Philippines team in Australia as one of the AFI community teams, and is eager to grow the love for footy among Australian-Filipinos and other multicultural communities.
Penny Cula- Reid, Head of Women’s Footy
Penny has been a trailblazer for women’s footy. As a schoolgirl, she went to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and effectively forced AFL Victoria to create a youth girls competition and pathway for girls to play football.
She has played over 200 games for the St Kilda Sharks and represented Victoria seven times. She was drafted by the Collingwood Magpies for the inaugural 2017 AFLW season.
After retiring from playing, Penny was appointed senior coach of Collingwood’s VFLW team. In her first year, Penny was recognised by AFL Victoria with the VFLW Coach of the Year award. In just her second season, Penny led Collingwood to the 2019 VFLW premiership. She is currently coaching in the elite boys program, which ultimately prepares the boys for the AFL draft.
Anthony Nanfra, Events Manager
Anthony was born in Melbourne to Italian parents. From the moment he unwrapped his Essendon football jumper as a youngster, Anthony fell in love with Aussie Rules football. A rather long hallway at his home provided valuable sock kicking practice.
Anthony’s business background is extensive, with a wide range of managerial roles, but it is his passion for the game that sees him involved with AFI. His many years of event management and international sports tours experience are a great asset as we expand our events and tournaments.
Anthony is excited about the future of Footy 9s and remains committed to seeing its success for many years to come.
Brian Clarke, CEO
Brian Clarke was born in Amsterdam and has lived and worked in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Japan and the UK. A law graduate, his business background includes law and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT).
Brian has been involved in international football for 20 years, as a player, coach, umpire and administrator. He has been responsible for the creation of such concepts as the AFL International Cup, Harmony Cup, EU Cup and Footy 9s. Brian is the current CEO of Australian Football International.
Colin Tincknell, Strategic Operations
Colin Tincknell was a young English migrant in 1955 when he arrived in Australia. However it was always footy for Colin, he went on to play a massive 496 senior games – winning 7 premierships along the way as coach and player. He also played league footy in the WAFL for Claremont in the 70s and 80s and successfully captained his state of WA against the big V in 1980.
He worked for the WAFC and the AFL as CEO of AFL New Zealand, hence his love of International football. He looks forward to the day that we have an AFL side based overseas – maybe NZ? These days he is a senior external affairs executive with 20 years experience and management in corporate social responsibility (CSR), communications and media specialising in stakeholder engagement, public relations and cultural/indigenous affairs.