Andrew Wellington becomes chief executive of the Brisbane Lions

Andrew Wellington becomes chief executive of the Brisbane Lions

Top-tier Australian rules football side the Brisbane Lions have appointed Andrew Wellington as chairman.

Wellington takes over from Bob Sharpless, who has held the position since 2013.

He became the deputy chairman of the Lions in 2017 and has been a member of the Australian Football League (AFL) club since 1995.

Wellington played in the West Australian Football League’s (WAFL) under-19 competition and he went on to coach the Western Suburbs junior side and stood as treasurer of the club for several years. In 2013, the Australian worked with the Brisbane Lions to establish the ‘Lions in Business’ breakfast series programme.

Outside of football administration, Wellington has been a partner of professional services company PwC since 2003.

All seven of the Lions’ board members were re-elected for the 2018 season.

“Bob [Sharpless] advised the board earlier in the year that he would step down,” said Greg Swann, chief executive of the Brisbane Lions. "Bob was an outstanding chairman during a challenging period in the club’s history. We know he won’t be a stranger to the club and look forward to welcoming him back to the Gabba next year. Andrew has been a key part of the finance committee and this year the football subcommittee. I have no doubt he will continue on the path that the board members have recently set.”

The Brisbane Lions finished bottom of the league in the AFL in 2017, and posted a loss of AUS$1.78 million (US$1.35 million) for the year. They will hope for a more promising season in 2018, which is due to begin on 22nd March.