Swan Districts looking for new chief executive after Bottrell leaves for South Fremantle


Former Swans chief executive joined the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in 2013. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo
Former Swans chief executive joined the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in 2013. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo

SWAN Districts have advertised for a chief executive after Tom Bottrell took up the equivalent role at South Fremantle.

“While it is disappointing for Swans to lose such a quality person we fully understand Tom’s desire to return to his roots – to a club of which he is a 200-game life member and former board member,” Swans president Peter Hodyl said.

“Tom has been an influential and steady leader of our club for the past five years during a period of great change. His commitment and loyalty during some difficult times is a testament to his character and it is easy to understand why the Bulldogs sought to recruit him for their role.”

“We wish Tom, Linda and family all the very best in the next chapter of their lives and thank them for their commitment to the Swan Districts Football Club.”

Hodyl also praised South Fremantle and president Haydn Raitt for giving the club notice of its intention to approach Bottrell.

The Swans board took Bottrell’s departure as a chance to review club’s operations.

It has advertised for a chief executive who would be “a visionary and talented leader to drive our club through a period of unprecedented change and facilities redevelopment”.

“The successful applicant will deliver a lasting legacy in the State’s sporting landscape through strategic leadership and organisational effectiveness.”