Paula Allen and Kristen Barry

Woof, Woof, Woof!

With much Red White Blue cheer, the Directors & Coordinator of the Forever Foundation wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A big thank you to our Founding Members for getting behind the RWB initiative and making it such a success.  We’ve enjoyed getting to know each one of you during our gatherings, and have been delighted in the growth of the RWB Network in this inaugural year.

The key dates for our events in 2018 are listed below.

Looking forward to seeing you in early March 2018!

Meet Our Members

My father Brook Andersen was President of the VFA in the 80’s and also worked at Footscray Football Club during the ‘fightback’, so it is lovely to be tied to that legacy through my involvement with RWB
— Hayley Andersen, Founding Member
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HAYLEY ANDERSEN

Head of Patient Advocacy, Bristol-Myers Squibb
After 4 years in Brisbane as the CEO of Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA), an advocacy and support organisation for Australians affected by melanoma, Hayley returned to Melbourne this year to work with pharmaceutical company, Bristol Myers Squibb.

Hayley's new role as the Head of Patient Advocacy involves working with patients and patient organisations like MPA, the Lung Foundation and Rare Cancers Australia to help shape the healthcare environment, drive faster access to medicines for patients and to ensure the perspectives of those most affected by serious illness are understood. 

What have you gained from RWB?

I was keen to be involved with RWB as the Foundation presents an opportunity for me to be connected to the Footscray Football Club.

My father, Brook Andersen, who died of melanoma in 1997, was President of the VFA in the '80s and also worked at Footscray Football Club during the “fightback” so it is lovely to be tied to that legacy through my involvement with the RWB.

I am passionate about healthcare but also health broadly and sport is an essential part of that. Personally, I’m an old netballer, a runner and more recently a pilates convert. My sons Brook (9 years) and Flynn (6 years) keep us busy with sports on the weekend and both fancy themselves future AFL stars!

Summer plans?
It has been great to return to Melbourne and be back with family, friends and the footy but we miss Brisbane’s weather and regular trips to Noosa.   We have planned to have a few weeks in Noosa over the summer break which Brook and Flynn are very excited about. 

 
Following my arrival from Malaysia... I lived in West Footscray within walking distance from the former Whitten Oval, which meant that I was at the grounds for most of the matches
— Raj Muthusamy, Founding Member
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RAJ MUTHUSAMY

Founder & Director, Road Safety Audits Pty Ltd (RSA)
Raj established RSA in 1994, the first consultancy in the world to specialise and conduct road safety audits on existing road conditions, concepts and designs and completed new infrastructure projects.  

As the premier road safety auditing consultancy in Australia, RSA is involved in providing specialist road safety, construction traffic management and risk analysis input of the majority of infrastructure projects (road, rail, airports, ports, public open spaces etc) throughout Australia.
 

What have you gained from RWB?

One of the main reasons I wanted to become a member of RWB was to mingle with people who share the same passion as me when it comes to the Western Bulldogs and to discuss our premiership in 2016.  

The added bonus was that I got a chance to also chat and form relationships with a diverse range of professionals and business owners, which in turn has increased my professional and business network.  I would not have had the opportunity to meet these people if it wasn’t for the RWB functions.  I see the RWB network as a great way of increasing business opportunities, acting as a support and mentoring network and building upon existing relationships.

Favourite RWB Event of the Year

I really enjoyed the September Drinks at Candela Nuevo.  There was a great atmosphere and incredible mix of people.

When did you become a Bulldogs Supporter?
I became a Bulldogs supporter following my arrival from Malaysia in 1982 for my Civil Engineering undergraduate course.  I lived in West Footscray during my late teens and early 20’s, within walking distance to the former Whitten Oval, which meant that I was at the grounds for most of the matches!

Summer Plans?
I will be in Milan and the Lake District in Italy during January 2018, with my wife Tania, son Jordan (22) and daughter Alana (16).  We plan to drive around Italy and visit various places of interest and also spend some time in Doha prior to returning to Melbourne.

 
My grandfather took my mother on the train from Gippsland to the 1954 Grand Final where she sat on his shoulders as the beloved Dogs won the flag!
— Elizabeth Parker, Founding Member
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ELIZABETH PARKER

Director, Elizabeth Parker Consulting Pty Ltd

Elizabeth began her career as a Registered Nurse before moving across to the pharmaceutical industry, where she thrived in various leadership and managerial roles over the next 12 years, and developed her passion for leadership coaching.

Elizabeth is now running her own consultancy and is currently engaged in work with clients within Australia and the Asia Pacific region, where a key area of focus is the support of organisations with leadership and coaching principles and performance frameworks to enhance business outcomes by developing the capabilities of its people.   

What have you gained from RWB?

I’ve enjoyed meeting like-minded people who have a passion for what they do and an optimistic approach to life! 

Favourite RWB Event of the Year?

The breakfast at PwC’s Innovation Centre with Richard Goyder AO, an inspiring business leader who shared many valuable insights. One which stood out, was the importance of creating a space where people can make mistakes in order to innovate, something Luke Beveridge had done successfully by allowing his players to take risks during the 2016 season.

I also enjoyed hearing of Richard’s keen interest in the AFLW and his description of this league as 'unstoppable'.

And, finally, who could forget the sight of the 2016 Grand Final highlights playing in the PwC Media Hub.  This did put a smile on my face!

When did you become a Bulldogs Supporter?

My family have long been Bulldogs supporters.  My grandfather, Wally, took my mother as a child on the train from Gippsland to the 1954 Grand Final where she sat on his shoulders as the beloved Dog’s won the flag!

My grandfather and I would write letters to one another when I was young, and I recall one letter where he spoke of his disappointment to hear he had been “dropped to the 2nds” (he was at least 60 at the time!).  He was a very funny man and my love of the team just grew.

 
My mum still has books from kindergarten in which I diligently placed the players’ names alongside each of the page numbers, and I’m proud to be raising another little Bulldog
— Cade Elg, Founding Member
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CADE ELG

Sales Executive, Workday
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources. Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. 

Organisations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday, typically replacing legacy on-premise solutions such as Oracle and SAP, improving engagement and productivity plus saving customers millions of dollars.

What have you gained from RWB?

RWB has opened my eyes to the ways I can give back to the football club that has given me so much for the last 30 years. I am a rusted on member, and that will never change, so being a part of a group that is looking to use the power of our collective networks to the benefit of the football club is powerful.

From a selfish point of view, it allows me to meet with like-minded business people, many of whom need to replace their aging finance and HR systems!

Favourite RWB Event of the Year?

I missed some events due to travel, but I really enjoyed the Candela Nuevo drinks party.  Lots of familiar faces from the community mixed with lots of new faces made for a great night, and a sore head the next day. 

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When did you become a Bulldogs Supporter?

Growing up in Williamstown with two parents from the heartland meant there was never really a choice, and I can't remember a time where the result on the weekend didn't matter to me. My mum still has books from kindergarten in which I diligently placed the players' names alongside each of the page numbers, and I'm proud to be raising another little Bulldog, my daughter Ruby.