Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Football Tasmania CEO to finish up in September

Photo:  Matt Bulkeley making the announcement of his departure in St David's Park last Wednesday. [PlessPix] 

Matt Bulkeley, the CEO of Football Tasmania, will end his tenure at the end of the current season.

He has been in the job for five years.

He took over from acting CEO Michael McIntyre on 27 August 2018.

McIntyre had replaced Michael Palmer, a former FIFA official.

Football Tasmania Board chairman, Bob Gordon, has thanked Bulkeley for his service.

Bulkeley will finish in mid-September, after the end of the current football season, in order to assist the organisation with the transition to a new CEO.

Football Tasmania chairman, Bob Gordon, said the Board was grateful to Mr Bulkeley for his tireless service.

Photo:  FT President Bob Gordon with Matt Bulkeley. [PlessPix] 

“Matt’s time with us has had many highlights, for which he can rightly take credit,” Mr Gordon said.

“These include the continued growth in football participation in Tasmania; more than $50 million flowing into the upgrades of football facilities; securing A-League content for Tasmania, including the first ever A-League Women’s match in the State; a substantial increase in revenue into the game, including major partnerships with MyState Bank and McDonald’s; the development of our Facilities Strategy; and helping both the sport and the organisation navigate the challenges and uncertainties of COVID.

“Matt will leave us in September with our best wishes for him and his family.

“The Board will immediately begin a recruitment process to find his replacement.”

Mr Bulkeley said it had been a privilege to lead the organisation and the sport’s development in Tasmania.

“I remain truly grateful for the trust and commitment the Board, under Bob’s leadership, has placed in me throughout that time,” Bulkeley said.

“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved to progress the growth of football in Tasmania.

“Football is a sport I have been passionate about and actively involved in for my entire life, and I know this will continue; but professionally I feel that it is the right time for me and my family to make this change.

“I am looking forward to my next chapter, which I hope will allow me the opportunity to pursue some other interests.”

Bulkeley also thanked the team at Football Tasmania for their support during his tenure.

“They are a passionate, loyal, hard-working and committed group of people who are motivated to make football better in this State,” he said.

“I want to thank them sincerely for their professional and personal support, and wish them and the rest of our broader football family all the very best.

“I look forward to working with the Board and the team on the transition to a new CEO over the coming months.”

Bulkeley said he would be staying in Tasmania.

There is speculation he will take up a position with another sports body in Tasmania.

Before becoming Football Tasmania’s CEO, he spent eight years with Football Federation Australia as Head of Game Development and as the National Participation Manager.



Anonymous said...

Hi Walter

There are a lot of people commenting om this site about getting rid of the NPl and going back to regional competition and blaming FT for this situation.
FT are only following the guidelines set out by FA. FT could go back to regional competitions but then there would be No National Stage. This is from what I have read and been told.
Complain all you like but I can't see clubs like Devonport, South Hobart or Knights giving up a chance to play on the National stage.
Time to just move on.

Anonymous said...

Well said this nonsense about regional competition

Anonymous said...

We are not really going to take this retrograde regional nonsense seriously are we?