Independent professional director and business advisor Janet Finlay has joined SANFL as a member of the Commission, for a two-year term.
The chartered accountant currently sits on a number of South Australian boards, including as SA Water Corporation Director, University of Adelaide Council Member, St John Ambulance Director and Deputy Chair of the SA Libraries Board.
She has a commercial and finance background and spent 15 years as a Partner with accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Finlay said she gained a passion for AFL after moving to South Australia from Canberra in the early 2000s.
“My husband and I went to a Port Adelaide versus Hawthorn semi-final at Footy Park in 2001, knowing not very much about the game or the teams … it was a nail-biter and I was hooked. Unfortunately, Port lost that match but I've followed them ever since,” she said.
“I’m passionate about ensuring football is safe, welcoming and inclusive at every level. I hope with fresh eyes and a love of the game, together with finance, commercial and governance experience, I can support a sustainable future for football in SA.”
The SA Football Commission comprises seven elected members and two appointed members. Finlay was named an appointed member after Louise Small became an elected Commissioner for a three-year term in March.
In another part of the sporting world, Adelaide United announced Ivan Karlović as the Club’s inaugural Head of Women's Football and Adrian Stenta as the new Adelaide United Women's Head Coach.
The club said the Head of Women’s Football position was a new role which would further professionalise and support the development of young South Australian footballers. It comes on the back of Australia and New Zealand’s successful FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 bid and the club’s establishment of the Women’s Football Committee.
For the past three seasons, Karlović was the club’s Westfield W-League Head Coach after having played professionally for 12 years before retiring due to an ongoing knee injury.
As a result of Karlović’s new role, Adrian Stenta was promoted to Head Coach from assistant.
He was also in charge of the Adelaide United’s Youth Reserves for the past two years.