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FFA creates events department in structural change

FFA creates events department in structural change
November 10, 2014

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced the creation of a stand-alone Events Department as part of an organisational change in an on-going restructuring process led by Chief Executive David Gallop.

The new Department has been established to manage the expanding portfolio of national and international events run by FFA and will take over the management of the Hyundai A-League Finals Series, Foxtel A-League All Stars, Westfield W-League Final Series and all home internationals for the Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.

Nurturing fan engagement and improving event experience will be top priority for the new department, which will have a key liaison role with State and Territory Member Federations and all clubs competing in FFA events.

In addition, the new department will have responsibility for the events launched by FFA in the past year, featuring the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Finals Series and the Westfield FFA Cup.

Jacqui Hoban, currently General Manager, Events, has been promoted to Head of Events and will join the FFA Senior Management Team. Hoban has worked on a wide range of events projects for FFA for the past six years.

Hoban was the Project Manager for FFA’s non-football activities at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and will incorporate this senior role under the new arrangements, starting with the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Gallop said the latest changes were driven by FFA’s constant effort to achieve operational efficiency and ensure the national governing body was dynamic in adapting to changing circumstances and opportunities, explaining “the number, scope and importance of the events run by FFA have expanded rapidly over the past two years.

“The new department will give us a strategic focus on event management, in particular with commercial performance, cost control and co-ordination with external parties such as stadium managers and government agencies.

“I’m delighted to promote Jacqui Hoban as Head of Events. She’s not only the best qualified candidate for the job, but Jacqui’s on the mission of Australian football.

“It’s also pleasing that her appointment brings a better gender balance to my Senior Management Team with three female executives in an eight-member group.”

The organisational changes under David Gallop have seen the establishment of a department for Community and Women’s Football, overhauled the National Teams Unit and Technical functions, and restructured the Commercial Partnerships area.

David Gallop reaches his second anniversary as FFA Chief Executive on Wednesday (12th November).



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