Melbourne Renegades Board of Directors give the club key strategic advice
Jason Dunstall - Chairman
Jason is one of Melbourne's most recognisable sporting and media personalities following an exceptional career with the Hawthorn Football Club. A club legend, Dunstall is one of only five players in history to kick more than one thousand VFL/AFL goals.
Dunstall served as interim CEO at Hawthorn in 2004 and played a key role in the appointment of Alistair Clarkson as senior coach. He served as a director on the Board of the football club until the end of 2013.
A regular on Triple M’s football coverage, Dunstall also presents Bounce on Fox Footy and is a co-host on On the Couch on the same channel. He maintains close links to the Hawks and was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jamie has a 20-year career in banking and finance and is currently the CEO of ME Bank. Jamie joined ME Bank from the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Jamie was Managing Director of Adelaide Bank when it merged with Bendigo Bank in November 2007. He was appointed Executive Director of the merged company and held the position of Chief Executive, Partner Advised Banking.
Jamie has completed a Civil Engineering degree with honours and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He is a Senior Fellow of Finsia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jamie is a former 2nd XI cricketer for South Australia and played 30 games for Sturt in the SANFL. In 1983 Jamie captained the Australian Under 19s cricket team that included Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor and Craig McDermott.
Jamie is a former Board Member of the South Australian Cricket Association.
Chris is a lawyer of over 25 years standing. He is a Senior Partner of global legal firm K&L Gates and a practice area leader of the Corporate & Transactions Department.
Chris provides commercial advice predominantly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, franchising and intellectual property issues, and has been involved in expanding a number of Australia’s best-known brand names both locally and overseas. He currently has board positions at K&L Gates, Melbourne Victory (Company Secretary) and a director of the Asian Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee.
He is a former Football Federation of Victoria (FFV) director and appeals board member.
With a career in marketing spanning 18 years, Suzana Ristevski is currently Chief Marketing Officer for GE Capital Australia and New Zealand. Suzana’s vast experience includes working for Optus Telecommunications, Medical Benefits Private Health Insurance Fund and 20th Century Fox in London. In each of these roles, Suzana successfully launched new products, completed both rebranding and branch redesign, led segmentation studies, developed strategy, and produced a number of marketing campaigns.
Pickering began his career in media/management as Sports Marketing Manager for Fila Sports in 1999. He made the successful transition after completing an illustrious career in the AFL with both the North Melbourne and Geelong football clubs.
He played in two AFL grand finals in 1994/1995 with Geelong and notched 124 AFL games before retiring in 2000.
Pickering's high-level sporting career also included more than 170 games of Premier Cricket in the 1st XI for North Melbourne. He was club captain at North for seven years, and he also played in the Victorian squad and captained the state’s 2nd XI side.
Pickering is currently a special comments expert for Fox Footy and is a panel member on the channel’s magazine show League Teams. He also can be heard on SEN’s Off the Bench program each Saturday morning.
A Westpac Bank Executive, Paul was appointed to the Cricket Victoria board in 2007. He is currently Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee, and a member of the Finance and Investment Committees and Marketing Committees.
Paul represented both Victorian Bushrangers and Queensland Bulls over a 14-year playing career, and has acted as a specialist cricket commentator with ABC Radio.
Ms While is currently Deputy CEO of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and Head of CRM for the company.
Recognised as one of the most progressive leaders in her industry, Ms While has established a highly successful career working in major agencies in Australia and overseas.
Ms While has led award-winning customer experience work for Westpac, Telstra, American Express and IKEA and held global roles with some of the world’s biggest brands including Xbox, Nike, Peugeot and Unilever.
Stuart Coventry (CEO)
Stuart has an impressive sport and commercial management background which includes Director of Commercial at Crusty Demons Entertainment and General Manager of Marketing and Communications at Harness Racing Victoria, among other senior roles in the relationship and brand-management arena. Stuart is also a Chartered Accountant.
Stuart's sporting pedigree also extends into Australian Rules football (AFL) in the form of his Brownlow Medal-winning grandfather Syd Coventry - who was one of Collingwood’s greatest players - and his great uncle, the legendary AFL goalkicker Gordon Coventry.
The Coventry name coincidentally sits at one end of Etihad Stadium - the home ground of the Melbourne Renegades!