The Central Coast Mariners have announced the appointment of Anton Tagliaferro and Kamran Khan as non-executive directors to their Board to work alongside and assist Club Chairman Mike Charlesworth.
The clubs says the appointment of Tagliaferro & Khan adds expertise to the Club, helping the Central Coast Mariners work towards the club’s long-term plans both on and off the pitch.
Tagliaferro is the Investment Director of successful Australian funds management company, Investors Mutual (IML), a company which he founded in 1983. His achievements in the finance industry led to an induction into the Australian Fund Manager Hall of Fame in 2005. In addition to his business achievements, as the President of Balzan FC, Tagliaferro brings a wealth of football experience to the table and will draw on his European football connections to assist with recruitment and other potential football opportunities.
Khan is a Managing Director at Accenture in the Applied Intelligence group. Accenture is a Fortune 500 global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, digital, technology and operations services. Prior to Accenture, Khan founded a global IT services company, Search Technologies, where he held the office of President & CEO until its acquisition by Accenture in 2017. Khan joins the Mariners’ Board to draw on his business success and help the club grow. Off the pitch, Khan’s appointment will help the Mariners drive operational and financial excellence.
Mike Phelan as Sporting director will continue to report to the Board on all football matters including the Hyundai A-League, Mariners Academy and player recruitment. Shaun Mielekamp as Chief Executive Officer will continue to report to the Board on all administrative and commercial operations of the football club, Centre of Excellence and strategic planning.
“The Central Coast Mariners are a club with a very proud history,” Tagliaferro said. “I look forward to working with Mike Charlesworth, the Board and everyone at the Club as we all endeavour to restore the club to its former glory. We are under no illusions that there is a lot of work to do and we have already identified a range of positive measures to implement that will help the club reach its goals,” Tagliaferro said.
“Having known Mike [Charlesworth] for many years, I have seen first-hand over time the Mariners’ journey – it’s a club I have always admired,” Khan said. “Being a Board member is an honour and I hope to be able to add value where I can to achieve success both on and off the pitch.
“I’m a football fan, not a football expert – I have however built a long career in business and that’s the experience I bring to the table. I look forward to assisting Mike, Shaun, the rest of the management team and board to help improve the business side of the club which I think will complement the significant football expertise we have today. The club is seeing more interest from commercial partners and whilst there is work to do, I’m very optimistic about what can be achieved going forward,” Khan said.
Mariners’ Chairman, Mike Charlesworth welcomed Anton & Kamran to the Club and touched on the significance of their appointments.
“It has always been the Club’s intention to expand the Board and bring in new resources,” Charlesworth said. “Anton and Kamran are both successful businessmen who can assist the club’s commercial growth, with Anton also adding a wealth of European football experience and connections for the Mariners.
“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Anton & Kamran to the Mariners family and I am sure their experience and involvement will undoubtedly help with the Mariners’ growth,” Charlesworth said.