Board Members

The role of the Board of Directors is to ensure that Football South Australia has a secure long-term future by establishing the organisation’s strategic direction and priorities.

This includes defining key relationships between the organisation and its stakeholders and other key individuals and organisations/groups.

The board have the role of establishing the policy framework for governing the organisation, from which all operational policies and actions are developed.


President – Sam Ciccarello


Sam joined the Board in May 2013.

Has had a lifelong passion for football and wants to contribute to the on-going well-being, vitality and progress of football in our community

Has extensive leadership experience in senior management, marketing and major events in the public and business sectors.

Positions include: CEO of Adelaide United Football Club, GM of Southern Cross Austereo (SA), Event Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee’s SA operations, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Major Events, CCM Australian Moto GP (Sydney); and Marketing Manager and subsequently, Chief Executive Officer with the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

Panel Judge since 2011 with the Telstra Business Awards; Director on the SA Government’s Motor Sport Board, Member, Director Australian Masters Games, Board Member, Special Olympics SA, Whitelion Leadership Advisory Group, Director Australian LeisureCo, Chairman of the St. George Historical and Cultural Committee and former seven year association with the Arts, as Board Director Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Foundation.

Strong networks throughout business and government sectors.

Is principal of consultancy firm, SMC Management, which provides corporate business advisory services, specialising in organisational performance, change management, strategy, CEO/executive coaching; and negotiation, conflict resolution and facilitation.


Vice President – Estelle Bowman


Estelle has had a career spanning both public and private sectors in Australia and overseas.

She has held senior positions in the Australian Federal government in Canberra and the U.K. Cabinet Office in London.

Additional positions held included Director of ISL Business Consultancy and Senior faculty on a leading international business school in the UK and as Director of Homestart Finance and Chair of the Wesley Institute in Australia.

Estelle has run her own consultancy business for 25 years and has conducted assignments throughout Europe and Asia. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Estelle is the immediate past President of the Adelaide Hills Hawks Football Club and, with her family, is a supporter of Queens Park Rangers.


Director – Wendy Barry


Wendy Barry has been a director of FFSA since 2013. She is Chair of the Governance Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Football SA. She is a former director of Palliative Council SA and Trustee of Bone Growth Foundation.

Wendy is a Partner at the law firm, Tindall Gask Bentley, and is an accredited family law specialist and collaborative lawyer.

Wendy’s interest in football evolved over years on the sidelines watching her two children playing at school, club and representative level. The satisfaction and joy they got out of playing is what encourages her to give back to the game by way of serving on the board of the Football SA.


Director – Orazio Di Carlo


Orazio is a Director on the Football South Australia Board and also a Life Member of the South Australian Soccer Federation, Adelaide United Football Club and Campbelltown City Soccer & Social Club.

He was Commissioner of the South Australian Soccer Federation for 13 years as well as being Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of Campbelltown City Soccer and Social Club and was also previously Chair of the Football SA Hall of Fame Honours Committee.

Orazio is married with two children and currently sits as the Chair of the Adelaide United Football Club’s History Committee aside being Chairperson of the St. Hilarion Aged Care Board.

Professionally, he is a private consultant in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management and has held such positions as Acting General Manager Human Resources at the Central Aboriginal Congress, Acting CEO of United Way SA, Manager of Employee Relations & Adelaide Office Manager at Forestry SA and a Team Leader & Senior Consultant at SA Health.


Director – David Hewitson


David has been a Board Member for two periods, from 2005 – 2014 and from 2016 – to the present day.

He was inducted to the SA Football Hall of Fame in 2014 and is a Life Member of Football SA as well as the South Australian Junior Soccer Association and the Noarlunga Districts Junior Soccer Association, having being associated with the game for over 30 years.

David is apart of various Football SA Committees including the Football Committee, Football SA Museum Committee, Life Membership Advisory Committee, the Project Control Group Committee and the Junior Committee.

He is married with three sons and the owner of Mobile Blinds which has serviced the south of Adelaide for 25 years.


Director – David Pollock


David has been a Director with Football South Australia since 2016.

A proud family history playing at local and international levels both in Australia and the United Kingdom has drawn David into the sport and he is now a passionate advocate for the future development of the game.

David represents the Football SA on it’s Governance Committee, Sponsorship and Marketing Committee and more recently as Chair of the Referee Retention Committee which has been established to look at how the Football SA can attract and retain young referees to support the future growth of the sport.

David has been a Chief Executive for varying companies for 15 years and he is now the Global Chief Executive of a multi-national company with operations in Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

During David’s career he has gained significant experience across a broad range of sectors including the sport and leisure management. His experience ranges from building and leading companies with employee numbers ranging from 1000 to 4000.

David’s qualifications include a Masters in Business Administration from Canberra University, a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Monash University as well as an Advanced Certificate in Managing Social and Community Services.

David has served on a wide number of Boards during his career and was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

More recently David accepted a role as a Judge for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards where he is proud to play a role in recognising outstanding businesswomen.


Director – Dr Jane Rathjen

Board Director Headshot - Jane Rathjen

Dr. Jane Rathjen was elected to the Football SA Board in June 2018

Dr. Rathjen joins the Football SA Board with a wealth of football knowledge having played the game for more than 25 years as well as coaching and volunteering on club committees.

Jane has been Chair of the Football SA Women’s Advisory Group for the past 10 years. Over this time, Jane has overseen the embedding of the Women’s and Girl’s competition within the Football SA structure, with an increase in participation and establishment of the licensing structure for the Women’s National Premier League.


Director – Tony Taormina


Tony has been involved in Australian Soccer as a player from the age of 12, as an Administrator for in excess of 20 years and spent a lifetime as a passionate supporter of the game.

He was one of the founding members of NE MetroStars Soccer Club Inc and served 20 years as Chairman and President. During this time he facilitated all aspects of club growth, including the implementation of two major business growth phases, a building facility redevelopment, forged and nurtured key relationships with stakeholders, local, state and federal peak bodies and Government.

Professionally, Tony has over 30 years of accounting and taxation advisory experience including senior roles with Price Waterhouse, the ATO and 18 years in public practice.

Tony is currently a director and shareholder of Caveo Partners, a professional integrated accounting, financial planning, and finance business advisory practice employing 35 staff. Responsibilities include managing the tax and accounting division of Caveo Partners predominantly focused on providing high level business and tax advice to business owners, family groups, professionals and high net worth individuals. Tony is also responsible for developing their business strategy and vision.

Tony is married with 2 adult children, have a wonderful and close extended family, he is a keen cyclist, relaxes by walking, fishing and reading, loves travelling and enjoys good food and wine.


Director – Francis Wong


Francis Wong is a leading South Australian business entrepreneur.

He sits on a number of boards including; Tourism Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, Australia Brunei Darussalam Business Council, Order of Australia Board SA and a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He also served on numerous other boards, some of which include: Council for International Trade and Commerce SA, Clipsal 500 Motor Sport, Australian Tourism Export Council, Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation, Adelaide United FC, Adelaide City Councillor & Australia Day Council.

On Australia Day 2014, he was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal OAM for his extensive contribution to business and community services and in 2016 was conferred the Knight of Malta, Order of Saint John, which carries the title of Chevalier.