Matt Finnis

Chief Executive Officer @ St Kilda Football Club

Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the St Kilda Football Club in April 2014.

St Kilda is a foundation club of the Australian Football League with significant membership, commercial and community interests.   Prior to joining St Kilda, Matt was CEO of the AFL Players’ Association representing the interests of current, future and former AFL players in a range of industrial, commercial and development matters.

Before his roles in the AFL Matt worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government.  Matt also has extensive experience in supporting community causes and organisations having been chairman of Ladder – an AFL Players charitable initiative to tackle youth homelessness and a director of AFL SportsReady – the AFL industry’s group training company. Matt was a director of Surfing Australia – the peak governing body for the sport of surfing between 2007 and 2016 and has been a director and company secretary of Surf Life Saving Victoria since 2002. Matt was also a founding director of HeartKids Australia, a charity supporting children born with congenital heart disease.

Matt has been a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group since 2015 working with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in taking action on gender inequality.