Troy Pannell – President

Troy Pannell is in his third year as AFLUA President. Troy took on the challenge of becoming President in his first year on the executive committee. Troy began his umpiring career in 2005 while living and working in Sydney. Troy’s work has seen him live and umpire in all Australian eastern seaboard states as well as in New Zealand. He has a very good feel for the challenges umpires across Australia face. Troy also understands the demands of performance at the elite level. Troy is in his second stint as an AFL umpire, he missed the 2008 season. Troy was made a life member of the AFLUA in 2015.


Sam Hay – Executive

Sam Hay is in his 1st year on the executive. He has been an AFL Umpire since 2009 and a keen supporter of the association throughout that time. He wanted to move into a leadership role and contribute more formally to the association and being the field umpires representative provides him with that opportunity. He hopes to help the association and umpiring continue to move forward.

Tim Lougoon – Executive

Tim is in his first year on the executive after being a part of the CBA sub-committee since 2016. Tim began his umpiring career with the Bendigo Umpires Association and was a member of the Victoria Football Umpires’ Association (VFUA) executive at the time of his elevation to the AFL list in 2014. He is looking forward to the opportunity to represent his fellow umpires on the executive. Outside of umpiring Tim works as a Civil Engineer.

Adam Wojcik – Executive

Adam Wojcik has commenced his third 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.


Peter Howe – CEO

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.

Julia Gauci – Administrative Assistant

Julia Gauci is in her eighth 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, and is currently completing a Bachelor in Business – Sports Management.

Peter Kelly – Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Peter joined the AFLUA office in 2016 in a newly created position of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. 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 has also served on the AFLUA executive committee as Social Secretary and was part of a committee which organized the AFLUA Centenary Birthday Celebration Ball in 2009. Peter is an Honorary Life Member of both the AFLUA and VFUA and has also been awarded a Special Award by the VFUA for his contribution to umpiring.  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.