Matt Finnis joined the Champions of Change Sport Group in 2015.
Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the St Kilda Football Club in April 2014. St Kilda is a foundation club of the Australian Football League with significant membership, commercial and community interests. Prior to joining St Kilda, Matt was CEO of the AFL Players’ Association representing the interests of current, future and former AFL players in a range of industrial, commercial and development matters.
Before his roles in the AFL Matt worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government.
Matt also has extensive experience in supporting community causes and organisations having been chairman of Ladder – an AFL Players charitable initiative to tackle youth homelessness and a director of AFL SportsReady – the AFL industry’s group training company. He is a director of Surfing Australia – the peak governing body for the sport of surfing, and has been a director and company secretary of Surf Life Saving Victoria since 2002. Matt was also a founding director of HeartKids Australia, a charity supporting children born with congenital heart disease.
Matt has a Bachelor of Arts (Psych), Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Advanced Management Program (INSEAD).
Matt Finnis is a Member of the Champions of Change Sport Group established in 2015. The Sport Group includes leaders from every major sport in Australia, and of some of Australia’s most successful sporting clubs. The group is focused on advancing women in leadership, pay equality and creating safe, respectful and inclusive sporting environments.