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Alan Cransberg (Chairman):  Managing Director of Alcoa Australia

Began his career with Alcoa in 1980 after graduating from UWA with an honours degree in civil engineering. He worked in Alcoa’s operations from 1981 to 1997, being appointed Pinjarra Alumina Refinery local manager in 1998. In 2001, he moved to the US, spending seven years in a global business role before returning to WA. He played 115 games for Swan Districts, including two premierships in 1982 and 1983. He sits on the board of the Black Swan Theatre Company, the Alcoa Global Foundation and the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children, as well as being a councillor for the Australian Business Arts Foundation. 

Alan has served as a director of the West Coast Eagles since March, 2008 and became chairman in November, 2010.


James McMahon DSC DCM (Deputy Chairman): Commissioner, Corrective Services

Served in the Australian Defence Force for 24 years, predominantly with the SAS, where he was the commanding officer. A graduate of the Australian Defence College, he holds a graduate diploma in management, a master in management and a master in business administration. James was awarded the Distinguished Services Cross and Distinguished Services Medal for command and leadership during action in Timor Leste, Afghanistan and Iraq. He worked as an associate director and chief operating officer of Azure Capital. He was appointed Commissioner, Corrective Services, Western Australia in November 2013. 

James was appointed to the board of directors in March, 2007 and became deputy chairman in January, 2012. 

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

After achieving 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.

Peter Carter: Managing Director of Crosby Tiles

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

Russell Gibbs: Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Group

Appointed as the managing director and chief executive of Hawaiian Group in 2000, a privately held WA-based property company which owns and manages an Australia-wide commercial, retail, hospitality and development portfolio in excess of $1b. He was previously state president and national councillor of the Property Council of Australia, deputy chair of Youth Focus, trustee of the Anglican Church’s Perth Diocesan Trust, member of the Murdoch University Senate, member of the Perth Convention Bureau, member of the Social Housing Taskforce Committee and the Parliamentary Precinct Steering Committee. Russell is a director of Satterley Property Group, director of St Ives Group board, councillor for the Australian Business Arts Foundation, and member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture Board of WA. He joined the West Coast Eagles board in November, 2011. 

Chris Wharton: Chief Executive Officer Seven West Media WA

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

In his current role, Chris is 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. 

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

Geoff Rasmussen: Managing Director Azure Capital

Geoff is a co-founder and managing director of Azure Capital. Geoff focuses on clients in the resources industry working on mergers, acquisitions and debt/equity financings. 

He is the chairman of the Azure Foundation. 

Geoff studied Business Information Technology at the University of New South Wales before starting his career as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company. 

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