James is CEO of FFA. He has is former Australian U-17 international, and has previously worked with the PFA, the AFC, FIFA and the City Football Group. (NB: Either James Johnson OR FFA Chairman Chris Nikou will attend).
Heather played 130 A-internationals for Australia, including three World Cups, three Asian Cups and two Olympic Games. She was part of the Asian Cup winning squad of 2010, has scored in multiple World Cups, and also scored in Australia’s first win at a senior women’s tournament (Athens 2004). Her representative career came to an end due to a lack of maternity and childcare policy, with Heather eventually forcing FFA to change. At club level, she has played in Australia, the USA, Denmark and Sweden, and was awarded the Julie Dolan Medal in 2003. Heather was a player-coach with Sydney University, assistant coach to Alen Stajcic for the Matildas, and coach of Canberra United for three seasons. She is also a football analyst with Optus Sport.
Debbie retired from a long professional career as a journalist with the ABC and other radio stations, as well as with rugby league and basketball clubs. She remains professionally active as a community-based radio host and journalist in northern NSW. Her autobiography 'Where Do You Think You're Goin', Lady?' was published in 2007.
Football Analyst, Lawyer, Human Rights Activist, Socceroo
'Fozz' is a former professional football player in Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and England, Socceroo, and Australia’s leading football advocate, personality and analyst with SBS-TV - as well as human rights campaigner. He is also a Pro-License coach, and lawyer. He is a member of the Australian Multicultural Council, and author of the books 'Fozz on Football' (2010) and 'Saving Hakeem' (2019).
John is Professor of Indigenous Education & Research at the University of Newcastle. He is also Chairman of the Charles Perkins Soccer Academy. The second edition of his book 'The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe' was published in 2019.
Bonita is the founder of the Football Writers' Festival, a regular writer on football business issues, author of 'My World Is Round' (1998) and the only insider account of the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding contest (2018), and owner of Fair Play Publishing.
Ray was Chief Football Writer with 'The Australian' for more than 30 years, including a 40-year career in sports journalism. He now works as a media consultant for Western Sydney Wanderers FC. He is the writer of 'The Rale Rasic Story' (2007).
Damian is a British MP, former Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee of the House of Commons, and a prominent sports activist - long before the 2015 FIFA arrests. He is the author of 'Charmed Life, the phenomenal world of Philip Sassoon' (2016).