Mr Walton brings to the position more than 20 years experience in senior finance and football roles. For the past 10 years he has held senior roles at the Fremantle Football Club, including the past eight as Chief Operating Officer
WAFC Chairman Frank Cooper said Mr Walton’s extensive financial skills, combined with his football experience, made him the ideal candidate to take on the leadership of the game in Western Australia.
“Football in Western Australia is entering a critical period and Gary is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities and deal with challenges we face over the coming years,” Mr Cooper said.
“The game faces a number of significant strategic decisions related to the development of a new stadium, and Gary’s business acumen will be critical in making sure football makes the right choices.
“Equally important is the continued development of the game at a grass roots level, and Gary’s extensive experience in junior football will hold him in good stead in this new role.”
“The continued strength of the game in Western Australia will be my number one priority,” Mr Walton said.
“The game must be given every opportunity to continue to flourish through the junior, country, amateur and professional leagues and I will be doing everything I can to guarantee the long-term health of football in this state.
Mr Walton has a business degree from Curtin University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has completed an Advanced Management Programme at the French business school INSEAD.
Before joining Fremantle as Chief Financial Officer in 2002 he held a number of finance roles in listed and private companies.
In addition to his 10 years at the Fremantle Football Club, Mr Walton has had a 20 year involvement with the then East Victoria Park Junior Football Club.