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Board of directors

Russell Gibbs (Chairman): Managing Director and Chief Executive of Hawaiian Group

Russell was appointed as the director and chief executive of Hawaiian in 2000, a privately held Western Australia-based property  company which owns and manages commercial, retail, hospitality and development portfolios.  He was previously state president and national councillor of the Property Council of Australia, a member of the Murdoch University Senate Committee and deputy chair of Youth Focus.  Russell is currently a director of Satterley Property Group (since 2009) and St Ives Group (since 2013).  Russell also holds board positions at the Chamber of Commerce and Arts and the Murdoch University Foundation.  Russell joined the West Coast Eagles board of directors in November 2011 and in November 2015 was elevated to the position of deputy chairman, succeeding retired director James McMahon. 

Peter Carter (Deputy Chairman): Managing Director of Crosby Tiles 

Crosby Tiles managing director Peter Carter is involved in several other business ventures, primarily in the building sector. He has been chairman of Crosby Supply and Fix since 2005 and a director of JH Wilberforce since 2003, Steel Blue since 1995 (chairman from 1996 to 1999) and Real Estate Plus since 1999.

He graduated from Curtin University with a bachelor of business in 1979. He is also a Trustee of WA Charity Direct. Peter played 12 games for Swan Districts, including the 1979 reserves premiership, before a knee injury ended his career at 21. 

He joined the West Coast Eagles board in November, 2011. 

Trevor Nisbett: Chief Executive Officer of the West Coast Eagles Football Club  

After earning a bachelor of physical education and a diploma of teaching from the University of Western Australia, Trevor’s career focus turned to football administration. A former player, he was football manager at East Perth in 1981, before being elevated to general manager in 1982.

In 1984, he became football manager at Subiaco before starting his long and fruitful association with the West Coast Eagles. He was appointed football manager in September 1989 and excelled in that role until 1999 when he was elevated to the role of chief executive, a position he still holds.

He joined the board of directors in November, 2003.

Maryna Fewster: Director of Operations Seven West Media WA

Maryna Fewster is the Director of Operations at Seven West Media WA. 

Maryna was formerly Chief Operating Officer of iiNet and has held senior executive roles in the telecommunications sector in Australia and New Zealand over the last two decades. Maryna has a proven track record in delivering operational excellence and driving cultural change.

Maryna is also a non-executive director of Edith Cowan College and Celebrate WA.

 Chris Wharton: Chief Executive Officer Seven West Media WA 

Starting his career as a journalist, Chris worked across several areas of newspaper management in Sydney before being appointed chief executive of Perth’s Community Newspaper Group in 1995. He was later appointed managing director of Channel 7 Perth for nine years before becoming chief executive of West Australian Newspapers in 2008. 

As CEO, Chris was responsible for all Seven West Media assets in Western Australia: The West Australian, West Regional Publications (23 mastheads), its online properties, WA Publishers, Redwave Media (nine regional radio licence areas) and Channel 7 Perth, before resigning as CEO of Seven West Media in 2017.

He joined the West Coast Eagles board in November, 2013.


Paul Fitzpatrick: Partner - Clayton Utz

Paul has been a partner of Clayton Utz since July 1, 1985 and practises in the areas of commercial litigation, competition law, national competition policy, international and domestic arbitration and sports law. He is a former partner in charge of the Perth Office of Clayton Utz, and has conducted a wide range of complex litigation, including contractual disputes and cases relating to the Competition and Consumer Act, the Corporations Law, professional negligence, and intellectual property. He was named Competition Lawyer of the Year, Perth in 2013 by Best Lawyers Australia, and has been named by Best Lawyers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in litigation, competition and alternative dispute resolution.

Paul has represented athletes before appeals tribunals and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and West Coast Eagles players at the AFL Tribunal. He is a legal advisor to the Western Australian Football Commission and the West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), is a former director of WAIS and is a current director of the Wally Foreman Foundation Inc.