Welcome To The AFLUA

The mission of the AFL Umpire’s Association is to:

  • Promote and advance the institutions of umpiring and the Game
  • Encourage and foster the highest standards of officiating and citizenship amongst AFL umpires on and off the field
  • Represent AFL Umpires and provide members with a consistently high standard of professional services

Who is the AFLUA

The AFLUA brand represents the values of ethical, responsible and accountable conduct, and the desire, the capability, and the strength and courage of ones convictions, to “make the right decision”.
Values Statement
The Executive and members of the AFL Umpires Association are committed to fostering their core value of integrity.
Organisational Structure
The AFLUA is managed by an Executive Committee consisting of a President and three representatives, one from each category of umpiring; field, boundary and goal. Day to day management is in the hands of the Chief Executive Officer who is supported by the administration staff.  An advisory committee provides guidance and feedback to the Executive Committee. A State Representative Group facilitates effective communication with members nationally. Sub-committees are formed as required to deal with special projects and undertakings. A full ist of office bearers since 1909 can be found here

Executive and Delegates

The Executive is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the performance of the Association as a whole
  • Participating in the body that governs the AFLUA and interprets the constitution
  • Liaising with the Chief Executive Officer, national delegates and umpires
  • Has an active role in the development of policy

Our Team

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Troy PannellPresident

Peter Howe








Peter HoweChief Executive Officer
Peter Howe has been CEO since November 2011. Peter comes to the organisation with a strong history in umpiring and umpire coaching in both the VFL and AFL that commenced in 1975. He is looking to develop and provide a relevant range of programs to support all members across Australia in becoming well rounded people who enjoy umpiring at the elite level and are rewarded for their efforts. Peter worked in education for 22 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Graduate Diplomas in Secondary Teaching and Careers Counselling.

Leigh Fisher







Leigh FisherExecutive
Leigh Fisher is in his second year as an executive member of the AFLUA. He is the representative for the field umpires and hopes his experience from being involved in the game at the top level for 13 years, as both a player and now umpire, will be an asset to the association. When not umpiring, Leigh is a secondary school teacher and runs a small fitness training group in Melbourne.



Drew KowalskiExecutive
Drew Kowalski is in his first year as an executive member of the AFLUA representing for the boundary umpires. Drew began his AFL umpiring career in 2011, after running in the VFL from 2004. Drew brings a national focus to his role with the association. When not umpiring, Drew works as an Electrical Engineer for an international based engineering company. Drew looks forward to being a sounding board for boundary umpires across the country.





Adam WojcikExecutive
Adam Wojcik has commenced his first year on the AFLUA Executive. He believed that the time was right to step up into a more formal leadership role and being the Exec representative for the Goal Umpires was a fantastic way to do just that. He believes he will be able to build on the success of the previous executive and looks forward to being the voice of the Goal Umpires Nationally. He believes that Goal Umpiring is currently in a strong place at the moment with the task ahead to keep it there.  Adam has been working for Victoria Police since 2005, is married and has 2 children.

Julia Gauci

Julia GauciAdministration Assistant
Julia Gauci is in her sixth year as the Administration Assistant at the AFLUA. Her role covers general administration, marketing and communications, events and the member benefits program. Julia commenced employment at the AFLUA in 2011 as an AFL SportsReady trainee. She has completed Certificate 3 and 4 in Business Administration.

Peter Kelly

Peter KellyMarketing and Communications Coordinator
Following a review of the AFLUA office, a new role was created and Peter Kelly recently joined the team in a new role of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. His initial plans include improving communication and engagement amongst our various stakeholders. A former AFL goal umpire, Peter has an extensive understanding of umpiring and football issues. He has held the position of Executive Officer with the Victorian Football Umpires’ Association (VFUA) since 1993 and has worked in various local leagues in Melbourne.  Peter is an Honorary Life Member of both the AFLUA and VFUA. Peter previously held a number of senior human resources roles with the Victorian State Government in a career spanning 31 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Human Resources) from the University of Iowa (USA) and a Cert IV in Personal Training.


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