2022 Management Committee
Drew Palmer, President
Born in Brisbane, Drew is a proud Queenslander who grew up immersed in all things maroon. This obsession followed him across the Nullabor and led him to Subiaco AFC.
He has over 25 years experience in engineering and managerial roles in the telecommunications and utilities industries, having worked in London, Singapore and Mumbai, before settling in Perth. A father of two boys, Drew has been a member of Subiaco AFC since 2009 and has been Club President since 2014.
Johanna Leahy Marstrand, VP Communications & Marketing
Originally from Ireland, Johanna lived in the UK, USA, Singapore, the Philippines, Norway, and Malaysia before settling in Perth. She graduated in Materials & Manufacturing Engineering, has a PhD in BioEngineering, and is currently studying Psychology at UWA. She has over twenty years experience as a freelance writer.
Johanna was Club Secretary at Subiaco AFC 2015-2021, and her three Irish-Danish children have at various times been MiniRoo, Junior, Metro, and NPLW players. She’s a keen runner who is more likely to run away from a football than kick it.
Rachel Benton, Registrar
Born in the U.K., Rachel moved to Perth in her late teens with her parents. She quickly became home sick and returned home, where she met her husband, Lee. After having children and making a few visits to Perth, Rachel and her family decided to make a more permanent moved in late 2014.
Rachel has worked at the University of Western Australia since 2015. Football has always been part of her life, as she grew up watching her dad play, and then, later, watching her husband play. So, she’s at home on the sidelines supporting her two sons, Lucas and Ridley, who have been at Subi for the last 5 years. Over the years, Rachel has been Team Manager and Age Group Coordinator for both her boys. She took on the role of Registrar in November 2021.
David Foti, Treasurer
Born in Perth, David graduated with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting. He’s a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Director of Charles Foti Business Services, a club sponsor.
David’s son, Sebastian, has played at Subiaco since 2011 when he joined as a Mini Roo. David took on the role of club Treasurer in 2017 and is honoured to be a committee member. He is excited for the future of the Subiaco AFC community.
Tony Pickering, VP Operations
Born and raised in Western Australia, Tony started his career in the IT industry, specifically in the grocery sector, before moving to Canberra where he worked as a contractor for the federal government. After a couple of years, an opportunity to work remotely facilitated a move back to Perth .
While on what was intended to be a brief hiatus from IT, Tony pursued his creative side in areas such as photography, landscaping/design, and grounds management. A decade later, new opportunities lead him back to the IT industry.
Tony has been involved with the club since late 2019 when his daughter joined the inaugural NPLW squad in the u23s team. He volunteered to become team manager for the u23s in 2020, and in 2021 was team manager for both NPLW squads. The 2021 season saw Tony join the committee, and he is now also a member of Football West’s Women’s Standing Committee as well as VP Operations.
Andrea Ahearn, Club Secretary
Andrea Ahearn is a Senior Marketing and Communications Manager in her professional career, and in her spare time she’s heavily involved in women’s football.
Since 2012, Andrea has been a general member on the Subiaco AFC committee looking after the interests of the women’s team. In her current role, she co-ordinates all the women’s teams across the NPLW, Amateurs and Metropolitan leagues. Andrea is a qualified Senior C licence coach and a social player at the club. She is also a member of the Football West Coaches Standing Committee. Her passion for football is the reason she continues to give back to the game. She took over the role of Club Secretary in 2022.
Jason Bontempo, VP Commercial
Jason has 22 years experience in public company management, corporate advisory, investment banking and public company accounting, since qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He has worked primarily serving on the board and the executive management of minerals and resources public companies focusing on advancing, financing and developing mineral resource assets and business development. Jason also provides corporate advice services for the financing of resource companies across multiple capital markets and resource asset acquisitions and divestments.
Jason joined the Management Committee of Subiaco AFC in December 2021.