PAUL JEMMESON joined the SFNL Board in 2016 after a lifelong involvement in football across all levels. Paul played approximately 300 games with Bentleigh, Seaford, Sandringham and Edithvale/Aspendale between 1986 and 2010 and is a Life Member of the Bentleigh Football Netball Club. He is the current Vice President and Football Director of Bentleigh Junior Football Club and his family are also heavily involved in football and netball in the region.
Extending on from his life in playing and coaching, Paul found himself heavily involved in developing the game at its youngest level, taking on a Co-ordinator role at Bentleigh Auskick for four years between 2012-2015. Adopting his ethos of taking sport to business and business to sport, Paul elevated the importance of the administrative roles of Auskick taking the Bentleigh Centre to new heights and along the way developed Co-ordinator Forums for the region’s leaders where they could learn from leaders in the Industry and integrate with others on topical issues to better the Auskick experience.
Paul’s involvement at a junior football level sees him currently working on ways to better integrate older age junior teams into Under 19 levels at senior SFNL Clubs. Paul sees this integration issue as fundamental to the sustainability of senior clubs’ U19 competitions and is promoting this through the Board and his role on the Youth Development Committee.
Professionally, Paul holds the position of Principal, Planning Property and Environment with Aus/NZ company, Beca. As a Development Consultant with more than 29 years’ experience in development facilitation and strategic master planning, Paul has acted for many major industrial companies such as Lion, GrainCorp and Schweppes and major aged care provider Ryman Healthcare. He has also provided strategic planning advice to a wide variety of corporate and government clients across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Paul is married and has two children actively involved in football and netball in the region.