Ms Squires becomes the first female AFL state CEO, after having most recently held the position of Partnerships and Community Engagement Manager at AFL Tasmania, and previously leading the Jim Stynes established, REACH Foundation, in her role as CEO.
She started her professional career as an AFL Sportsready Trainee at the Melbourne Football Club in 2000.
“Trisha is extremely respected and well-known in our industry. She has made a tremendous contribution to football, and has worked closely with Rob over her time in Tasmania.” McLachlan said.
“She is the best person to lead AFL football in Tasmania through its next phase, and I congratulate her on the appointment and becoming the first female AFL state CEO” Ms Squires says she is looking forward to building on the work that has been established in Tasmania.
“I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead the AFL Tasmania team and I’m looking forward to continuing the work of Rob and our executive management,” Squires said.
“Football in Tasmania is proud, passionate, and an important pillar of the local community. I am dedicated to improving the game, on all levels, throughout the state.”
“I’m intimately aware of the opportunities of Tasmanian football. I look forward to working hard with the entire football family to ensure we have a bright and prosperous future.”
While he is leaving the state, Auld will remain involved with football on the Apple Isle, with his new role as Head of Game Development seeing him still involved with AFL Tasmania; working with grassroots football across the country.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Tasmania. The state’s passion for football is infectious, there are so many people here that love and care for the game,” he said.
“My new role is very exciting as it is focused on the grassroots of the game which I am really passionate about and pleasingly, it also allows me to keep an eye on Tasmania and the progress being made here.”
Auld is excited to take up the new role and he believes AFL Tasmania is in good hands with the highly credentialed Squires, anticipating his replacement to be a strong leader for the game in Tasmania and continue the progress, strategic direction and focus of the organisation.
“Trish is well known for her work in football circles and has a strong resume across football and leadership. The last 14 months at AFL Tasmania has provided Trish an invaluable baseline understanding of the opportunities and challenges the game has here.
“I’m extremely proud of what the team has achieved in my tenure at AFL Tasmania but it is just part of the journey for football in Tasmania. I have great faith that under Trish’s leadership the game will continue to unite and grow.”
Over the coming weeks, while transitioning into his new role, Auld will remain with AFL Tasmania to ensure a comprehensive handover.