Indigenous Campaigner Takes Key New AFL Role
Wednesday, June 22 2016 @ 10:37 am ACST
Contributed by: Wesley Hull
The following story by Matt Thompson is from the www.afl.com.au website detailing the new head of diversity for the AFL replacing Jason Mifsud who left the position earlier this year.
THE AFL has appointed a second woman to its executive ranks, in a week when social issues, particularly attitudes towards women, have been at the forefront of the football conversation.
Tanya Hosch becomes the League's general manager of inclusion and social policy, a position revamped following the departure of long-time diversity advisor Jason Mifsud.
The AFL started its search to replace Mifsud more than four months ago.
Hosch was the joint campaign director of Recognise, an organisation that is pushing for the inclusion of indigenous Australians in the national constitution.
Olympian and Labor senator Nova Peris had been considered a frontrunner for the role but has missed out on the job.
Hosch joins corporate affairs boss Elizabeth Lukin as the second female on the AFL executive.
"We have been on a long and extensive search for the right person to fill this role, and are delighted that Tanya came forward as the standout candidate for the position," AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said in a statement.
"Tanya's extensive experience in public policy and advocating for inclusion and diversity will bring untold benefit to the AFL competition in particular and the broader game at a community level.
"She is someone of immense character and strength, with highly developed leadership, advocacy and diplomacy skills."
The League says Hosch will be responsible for setting and driving AFL strategies and policies that will promote inclusion and diversity across the football industry.
Hosch will take up her position on August 29.
A decision on the appointment of an Indigenous Commissioner to the AFL for will continue to be investigated. For more information on that appointment, go to: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-05-27/afl-commits-to-indigenous-commissioner-by-2018