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CEO announces resignation from Football West

CEO announces resignation from Football West

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Chief Executive Peter Hugg has announced his resignation from Football West after six years overseeing a period of unprecedented growth for Western Australian football.

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Mr Hugg, who worked previously on preparations for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2016 Rio Olympics and 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, joined Football West in 2010 and has been instrumental in improving the organisation’s financial and public standing.

“I have always held the view that an executive should look to achieve their particular goals within a seven-year period and I feel the time is right to move on to a fresh challenge,” he said.

“At last month’s Annual General Meeting, we reported that the state of the organisation and, indeed, the game in WA has never been better with more players, more investment and more interest than ever before. It seems an appropriate time to allow a new Chief Executive to build on these foundations.” 

Hugg said he would explore opportunities interstate and overseas. He will leave Football West on April 15.

“It’s been a fantastic experience working closely with WA clubs and individuals within the game to achieve common goals,” he said. “It’s also been a period of my life that I will treasure immensely. There have been some great challenges, including some robust negotiations, and I have valued being part of such passionate discussions.”

Mr Hugg thanked the Board, Standing Committee representatives, club officials and members for their cooperation in some key structural developments.

 “Over the last six years, Football West has introduced the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues and has overseen the transition of the Perth Glory women’s team and our best young junior male players into Perth Glory’s Hyundai A-League operations,” Mr Hugg said.

“These have been significant challenges that have been overcome with collective will, patience and energy from a great number of people.”

Mr Hugg was also grateful to the contribution of the Football West staff.

“Each and every staff member has welcomed and supported me to the hilt,” he said. “It has been an honour to have shared my wonderful experience here in WA and to have worked with them in contributing to the progress and development of this great game.”

During Mr Hugg’s service, Football West increased revenue from $3.8 million to a record $6.4 million, while player registrations have grown by 10,000 to 42,000. The organisation also progressed the Home of Football Business Case to the threshold of receiving financial support from Government, while WA’s first Socceroos match in 10 years was played at a sold-out nib Stadium last September with more matches to follow.

Football West Chairman Liam Twigger thanked Mr Hugg for his contribution to the game.

“Peter has done an outstanding job at Football West and has overseen a massive period of growth in the game in WA,” Mr Twigger said.

“He has also done an incredible job raising our profile and building our corporate and community credentials with our government and business stakeholders. The Football West board thanks Peter for his hard work and commitment over the last six years and wish him well with his future endeavours.”

The process to find a replacement CEO has commenced and an executive search firm has been appointed to assist with the recruitment.

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