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The Board of Gridiron Australia

The Board of Gridiron Australia is committed to the realisation of the true potential for American Football in Australia.  The mission of Gridiron Australia is to provide a strong inclusive framework for the development and growth of the game in Australia. The Board is responsible for setting a clear strategic direction, displaying transparent decision making and providing strong leadership and management. Individuals are elected each year at Gridiron Australia’s Annual General Meeting. In recent years, the Board has also established a National Coaching Director role, formalised national coaching appointments and strengthened junior development.

Sean Dove

Shaun Dove, Chairman

Shaun Dove joined the Gridiron Australia Board in 2013.

Shaun started his football career in 1990 with the Northern Territory Gridiron League, initially as a player before becoming one of the founding members of the officiating staff. After a short stint living and officiating in NSW Shaun now resides in ACT and continues to officiate at the state, national, and international level.

Shaun is a software developer and runs his own business producing web software as well as consulting on identity access management and security.

On the board Shaun is currently Secretary and Deputy Chairman, leads the ongoing governance reform of GA, and oversees officiating. Shaun took the leading role in reuniting GV with GA.

Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and numerous IT industry certifications.

Chris Hennessy

Bret Mullavey, Director

Bret Mullavey was elected to the Gridiron Australia board in 2022.

Bret’s involvement in Gridiron has been a relatively short one, joining his local club the Croydon Rangers in 2019. Since then, he’s held the role of Football Operations and Vice President of the Rangers – overseeing day to day operations of the club, marketing, coaching and onboarding.

Bret joined the Gridiron Victoria board in 2020 and aided the league in relaunching post covid, and spearheaded member engagement, marketing and player onboarding. In a professional capacity, Bret runs his own finance business based out of Melbourne and is passionate about graphic design and photography.


Chris Hennessy

Michael Kerr, National Teams Director

Michael has been involved in Gridiron in Australia in some form since 1990 when he first started playing in the Northern Territory Gridiron League.

Michael has been with the Australian Under 19 Outback Program in various coaching roles since 2010 and has been involved in every tour and camp for the program during that time. He was Team Manager and Chef d’ Mission for the Australian Under 19 team at both their World Championship appearances in China and Mexico.

Outside of gridiron, Michael works at the Executive level in youth services and out of school hours education/care, with a background in business improvement for Not-for-Profit Organisations.