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There is still time to register! Don’t miss this fantastic line-up of speakers

Women Onside's Getting on Board Masterclass Series aims to equip women to take their next step in football governance so that we can have more women in crucial football governance positions around Australia at the national, state, association and club levels.

We have secured three proven professionals to lead the online sessions coving critical areas for aspiring and current women in football governance.

Let's meet the speakers...

Session 1: The Director Journey with Carla Wilshire OAM, Deputy Chair Football Australia

Hear from Carla Wilshire OAM as she shares her insights on governance obligations, skills and the differences between committees and boards.

Carla Wilshire OAM is the CEO of the Migration Council Australia (MCA), Australia’s national research and policy institution on migration, settlement and social cohesion. She has a background in policy development and Government Relations. She has worked as a public servant and advisor to Government, principally in the area of migration and resettlement, including as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Carla is Deputy Chair of the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership, board member of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and a member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity and the Harmony Alliance Council. Carla was previously on the Settlement Services Advisory Council and the National Anti-Racism Partnership and co-founded the Friendly Nation Initiative.

Session 2: Governance 101 with Jasmine Hirst, Vice President Head of Soccer Darebin Falcons Women’s Sports Club

Join Jasmine as she guides us through crucial governance principles, financial literacy and meeting strategy.

Jasmine Hirst has been a member of the Falcons since 2006 when she first joined the senior soccer team. Jasmine came to the game of soccer during her Melbourne University days and wished she had discovered it much earlier. After travelling and playing in London and Canberra, she has returned to Melbourne and found a spiritual home with the Falcons.

Jasmine joined the Club Committee (as it was known then) in 2010 and then began the Junior Soccer program in 2011 in collaboration with some of the senior teammates to provide an opportunity for women and girls to play. Since then, Jasmine has watched it grow to the 29-team, 480-member program that it is today, thanks to the wonderful community of players, coaches and volunteers that share the vision of a club where girls and women are at the heart of everything, rather than an after-thought.

Jasmine has a Graduate Diploma in Sports Management and has worked at the UK Sports Institute and the Australian Sports Commission, as well as on the Commonwealth Games and in a marketing role for a sports equipment company.

With the junior soccer program now an entire pathway from 4-year-olds to senior women, including Soccer Mums, Jasmine is looking forward to consolidating her contribution to gender equality in off-field roles.

Session 3: Getting There and Being Effective with Jane Purdon, Former CEO and Current Director of Women in Football UK

Jane Purdon will share her insights into the nomination and election processes and how to be effective once you win a role. This session will include breakouts sessions with a host to develop a board/committee CV.

Jane Purdon has a track record at the highest level of football and sport and is the first-ever CEO of Women in Football, a role she started in December 2018 until December 2021. Jane now sits on the board of Women in Football UK.

Having qualified as a lawyer and in 2001, Jane was appointed Club Secretary and Solicitor at Sunderland AFC, the club’s first ever in-house lawyer and one of the first such appointments by a Premier League club.

In 2005 she joined the Premier League, enjoying ten eventful years where she rose to become the Premier League’s Director of Governance.

While at the Premier League, Jane was responsible for maintaining and enforcing the Premier League rulebook, focusing on the rules concerning the transfer system, club ownership, club profitability and sustainability, and club licensing. She was the Premier League’s representative on several committees of UEFA, FIFA and the Association of European Leagues.

Jane joined UK Sport as Head of Governance and Leadership in 2015, working with the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic programmes to ensure high governance standards. At UK Sport, Jane worked closely with Sport England to write A Code for Sports Governance and lead its implementation across the British national governing bodies of sport.

She was appointed as Independent Chair of the Professional Game Academy Audit Company in November 2020, a company established by the Premier League, The FA and the EFL to support the development of the world's leading academy system and provide quality assurance to all club academies in the male professional game.

For more information and to register, visit our events page.


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