Board Members

Our board members are a talented and diverse lot. They have extraordinary skills and experience in a wide range of sectors, both public and private. This ensures the Club takes a well-rounded approach to everything we do and the decisions we make as an organisation.

Our directors are responsible for providing strategic direction and governance, ensuring effective financial and risk management oversight and continued organisational viability and sustainability. Most importantly, they are custodians of our culture and reputation.


Darren Yates – Chairman

Darren Yates is a Chartered Accountant and director of his Yackandandah based business accounting practice “Yates Group” and travels around Australia delivering seminars with “Australia Wide Taxation & Payroll Training”. Darren’s passion is leading businesses and sporting organisations to success via creation of strategy and execution of critical actions.

Darren was a junior and senior player with Twin City Wanderers FC between 1988 and 1995 (Senior B&F 1995), AWFA rep player 1989-1993, Riverina rep player 1991-1993 and has been co-ordinator of TCWFC Mini Roos Program since 2013.  Darren has also had sports administration experience in Australian rules football as director of the Ovens & Murray Football Netball League for four years and treasurer with Wodonga Bulldogs Football Club.


Tracey Pawlik – Secretary

Having lived in the region for more than 12 years, Tracey is not only a qualified accountant and successful businesswoman, but also dedicated wife and mother of two boys.

As the owner-operator of a popular tourist center in Bright and event management business, Tracey brings great expertise to Murray United F.C. board.  Motivated by equality and integrity, Tracey is passionate about helping establish elite football development pathways in regional areas.

With both of Tracey’s sons having played Football at state level, one being offered a scholarship to play in the United States, Tracey looks forward to helping the region’s footballers work their way into professional leagues.


Jason Gilbert – Finance Director

After completing a Bachelor of Economics as well as a Bachelor of Commerce, Jason has gained a wealth of experience having worked here in Australia as well as in England and the US.

He is well aware of the sport we love too having been a junior at Twin City Wanderers and Wodonga Diamonds and named AWFA Star Player while a senior player at Twin City. He has also represented Riverina and Victorian Country.


Stephen Chaffey – Strategic Director

Stephen is an independent management consultant with an interest in organisation and community development. He has undertaken projects for national and international companies, local, state and federal government agencies and non-profit organisations. He is familiar with the regional football scene having been a football parent and through his assistance to the Albury Wodonga Football Association over a number of years most recently through the Future Development Committee.

Stephen believes sport plays an important role in community development and wellbeing and regards Murray United as a significant contributor to the social fabric of the Albury Wodonga region. His qualifications include a Master in Business Administration (Deakin) and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Pedro Afonso – Corporate Relations & Sponsorship Director

Raised and educated in Wodonga, a successful award winning builder, Pedro owns and manages a local building company servicing North East Victoria and Southern NSW.

Pedro’s knowledge and passion for Football has seen him play locally, for his state and at the Premier League level. An FFA/AFC C Licence coach, Pedro has coached the Victorian Country State team and played and coached at community football clubs TwinCity Wanderers FC and Wodonga Diamonds FC.

Passionate about the development of football in the region, Pedro sees the National Premier Leagues competition as a critical link in establishing functional and viable pathways for elite footballers.


Tony Iverson – Community Partnerships Director

As a third-generation Albury boy, Tony has spent his working life in Sales and Management for both local and National companies and currently works as a Senior Account Manager with the long-established local business Daro Group.

Tony has grown up with local Football in his blood and is currently entering his 44th year as a player in the AWFA league (yes that is not an error – 44years!).

As a founding member with St Pats FC in 1974 as an Under 10 player Tony has played and coached at all levels within the club as well as holding all the key Executive Committee positions at various stages over the journey.

Tony was also a founding player in the Border Soccer Club playing in Melbourne along similar lines to Murray United FC way back in the early 1980s.

Tony is very passionate about Football in our area and has been a strong supporter of Murray United FC since its inception. Tony’s son Curtis played in Murray’s inaugural year as an U18 player and currently plays with the U20s team at Murray United.


Stewart McDiarmid – Marketing, Media & Communications Director

Stewart is an independent marketing consultant with a keen interest in community and local business.

Stewart’s experience as a consultant to many retail and pharmaceutical firms in Australia has helped him establish a thriving media and communications business established and successful since 1997.

Keen to see Murray United FC continue to grow and achieve its aims, Stewart remains passionate about football since his junior days with South Melbourne Hellas in the mid-seventies, and it’s involvement with the Philips league in its first season.

Stewart brings experience in corporate and marketing management with companies such as Kraft Foods and Beecham Research, and a commitment to local business through his involvement with many progressive business groups.