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More change as two Blues directors step down

Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has welcomed two new appointments to the club's board - AFL,Carlton Blues
Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has welcomed two new appointments to the club's board

CHANGE is continuing at Carlton with two board members stepping down as the club endures one of its worst seasons.

Kate Jenkins has tendered her resignation from Carlton's board and will end her stint after the July board meeting, while Zac Fried will retire as a director at season's end.

Replacing them will be Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly and recruitment specialist David Campbell.

The two changes at board level come after long-time football manager Andrew McKay announced last month that he would move on at the end of the season.

Jenkins is the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner and joined the board in October 2015. 

Blues president Mark LoGiudice told the demands of that role meant she had to step down.

"We reluctantly accepted but understood Kate's decision to move on from her position as board member of the club, due to her increasing commitments and travel requirements as Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner," LoGiudice said. 

"Kate was instrumental in the establishment of our AFLW program, and more recently our VFLW program, as well as her drive and guidance in establishing our Carlton Respects initiative back in 2016.

"Her passion for a united approach across the organisation should be widely commended, and her extensive experience in the areas of law, governance, community and diversity has been a wonderful asset for our football club." 

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Jenkins spoke of her pride of the Blues having transformed their culture.

"I am very proud of the fact that the Carlton Football Club is now leading the Australian sporting industry in areas such as culture, diversity, inclusion and genuine community partnerships," Jenkins said. 

"I am delighted to have played my part in this significant change and confident that it will assist our future success."

Fried was on the board for 12 years.

Kinnersly, a veteran of 14 seasons as a player in the VWFL and 10-time state representative, will manage the AFLW and VFLW programs and will work closely with fellow director Chris Judd.

"We welcome Patty who is currently chief executive officer of Our Watch, a national organisation driving change in cultures, attitudes and behaviours against domestic violence," LoGiudice said.

"With her insight and guidance, she will continue to enhance the work of our club's flagship community program in Carlton Respects, as well as our community and diversity programs more broadly." 

Meanwhile, Campbell, a partner at recruitment firm Egon Zehnder, helped appoint Blues coach Brendon Bolton and CEO Cain Liddle.

"David boasts extensive knowledge and experience relating to organisational culture and leadership and will superbly lead our refreshed people and culture portfolio to assist in the continuing cultural shift and talent development of our proud football club," LoGiudice said.

Campbell begins his role at the end of July while Kinnersly will join the board in September.