Lewis BearmanLewis has had an involvement in Australian Rules Football for over 30 years. He is a Life Member of the Carlton Football Club having spent over 20 years involved there in a football support role working closely with a number of past coaches including Robert Walls and David Parkin. He has also been involved with junior football for over 10 years with his son Aaron playing over 100 games for East Malvern.

In his time at East Malvern Lewis has spent 3 years as a team manager, 3 years as a coach and 3 years as President of the East Malvern Junior Football Club. Through these positions Lewis has gained a broad understanding of the challenges that volunteers, parents, players and junior football clubs face in fielding teams in a junior football competition. Lewis is passionate about the growth of girl’s football having been a strong supporter of the Youth Girls team at East Malvern during his Presidency. East Malvern was one of the first clubs in the SMJFL to field a standalone Youth Girls Team.

Lewis is a life member of the EMJFC recognising his contribution to the club. Over the past 10 years Lewis has had involvement with 4 different leagues the Waverley JFA, the Yarra JFL, the MSJFL and subsequently the SMJFL. He will be able to bring these broad experiences to the Board table as a Board member of the SMJFL. Most recently Lewis has chaired the SMJFL Player Retention Working Party looking at ways to ensure that players aged between 14 and 17 continue to play football, identifying initiatives to stem the dropout rate in this age bracket.

Lewis has had a long career in financial services, specialising in Investment Management and Superannuation. Most recently Lewis was CEO of Boutique Investment Management firm Perennial Investment Partners. In addition to Junior Football Lewis has been active in the community as a volunteer in the scouting movement, associated with the East Malvern Junior Cricket Club and team manager for Old Caulfield Grammarians Under 19’s.

Lewis will bring his experience and passion for junior football to the board of the SMJFL. He is committed to exploring ways to ensure that participation rates at older age groups continue to increase whilst ensuring that we do not lose focus on grass roots development. Lewis remains committed to improving opportunities for females to further develop and participation at all levels of Australian rules including playing and umpiring.