Football Queensland today announced the promotion of Mr Richard Griffiths to Chief Executive Officer from Chief Operating Officer and the appointment of Mr Brendon Boss to General Manager – Football Operations.
Mr Griffiths joined Football Queensland as Chief Operating Officer in September 2017 following an extensive recruitment and selection process as part of the succession plan for retiring CEO Mr Geoff Foster.
He has a wealth of experience in sports administration, including 15 years as Chief Executive Officer at AFL Queensland. During his time at AFLQ Richard led a growth strategy which resulted in a 144% increase in participation and also managed significant facility development projects across the state, including the construction of AFLQs $5million headquarters.
Greg Redington, President of Football Queensland said Mr Griffiths was an exceptional leader, who’s knowledge of the Queensland sporting landscape would provide a strong vision for the organisation.
“I am pleased to announce that Richard will be succeeding Geoff Foster as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 3 February 2018.
“As an experienced CEO, Richard brings a wealth of leadership and governance experience and I am confident our game is in the very best of capable hands,” Mr Redington said.
“I also have great pleasure in welcoming Brendon Boss to Football Queensland. As the General Manager of Brisbane Roar Football Club and President of Football Brisbane, Brendon has valuable expertise and will support Richard as his 2IC in the role of General Manager – Football Operations.”
Mr Griffiths said, “I am committed to embedding a sustainable growth agenda within the organisation and finding innovative ways to deliver value to our members.
“I am looking forward to working with Brendon and FQ’s leadership team to deliver sound governance and business principles, an aggressive growth agenda for the organisation and game more broadly and to working collaboratively with the football community.”
Mr Boss said “This is a wonderful opportunity to advance my career in the football industry working alongside a seasoned professional at state federation level.”
In announcing the appointments, Greg Redington also paid tribute to outgoing CEO, Geoff Foster.
“On behalf of the Football Queensland Board, I would like to thank Geoff for his outstanding contribution to football over the past 25 years.
“He has overseen major reforms during his 12-year tenure as CEO at Football Queensland and his influence extends far beyond that, said Mr Redington.
“His legacy is a financially strong organisation ready to capitalise on the foundations he has built.”
Mr Geoff Foster will retire from the CEO role, 2 February 2018 when Mr Griffiths and Mr Boss will take up their new positions.