CEO Richards Griffiths to take up Greater Western Sydney Giants role after 15 years at AFL Queensland.

Chief Executive Officer Richard Griffiths is leaving AFL Queensland to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

During his 15 year tenure as AFL Queensland Chief Executive Officer Griffiths has overseen the growth and development of the game in Queensland and implemented a number of key initiatives including AFL Academies and the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL). He was a member of the GC17 Advisory Board in the lead-up to the Gold Coast Suns Football Club being granted a licence.

Griffiths said that while the decision to leave had been a difficult one, he was confident that the organisation would continue to thrive in his absence.     

“It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the growth and development of our game over the last 15 years,” said Griffiths.

“I’m proud of what we have achieved and while it is certainly sad to go, I leave with the knowledge that AFL Queensland is in a very healthy state and will continue to flourish.”

Griffiths paid tribute to the thousands and of staff and volunteers who had contributed to the code’s Queensland success.

“I have been blessed with a magnificent and committed team of professionals who have gone above and beyond to help deliver the outstanding results we have achieved over the last decade,” he said.

“I would also like to pay special thanks to the wonderful volunteer workforce at community club and league level who are the true heroes of our game.”

GIANTS Chief Executive David Matthews said Griffiths’ experience and skills would be a welcome addition to the club as it entered its inaugural year in the AFL competition in 2012.

“Richard Griffiths has done an outstanding job to develop and grow the game as chief executive of AFL Queensland and he is ideally placed to take on this important role,” Matthews said.

A replacement for Griffiths has yet to been named.

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