Following the sad and tragic passing of President Matthew Schneider, Southport Sharks are pleased to announce the appointment of Clayton Glenister as President-elect.

Clayton is Managing Partner of MBA Lawyers, a Queensland law firm established 50 years ago. He has been with MBA since 2002 and draws on his extensive experience and strategic acumen in his roles at Southport Sharks, as a Director since 2011 and Company Secretary since March 2022.

Active in the local community, Clayton is a passionate advocate of corporate compliance and the importance of participating in industry debate and policy development at both local, state and national levels. He is a recognised expert in areas of Corporate Advisory and Governance, Corporate Compliance, Gaming Law and Regulation, Club and Hospitality Licensing, Liquor and Gaming Regulations and many other areas.

Clayton chairs our Risk, Compliance and Audit Sub-Committee and has been instrumental in setting up and overseeing the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism compliance and reporting structures and mechanisms. Previously, he was Chair of the Hotel Sub-Committee, responsible for the construction of our 120-room hotel.

On his appointment, Clayton is honoured to be named President:

“The last 12 months have been a tumultuous period for the Club with the passing of our beloved President Doc McKenzie and the sudden and tragic death of our President Matthew Schneider. Both of their contributions to this great Club will be continued by the Board under my leadership and it is truly a great honour to follow in their footsteps. It is an honour and a privilege to have the appointment of President bestowed upon me and to lead this great Club in its next chapter.

The Club has a very exciting future ahead, with the continued success of our Senior Men’s and Women’s teams, our vast and growing Junior football program and our off-field commercial endeavours and execution of our Masterplan, providing many exciting opportunities for the Southport Sharks to cement itself as a leader in the development and promotion of Australian Rules Football in South East Queensland and an integral partner of the Gold Coast Community.

I would like to acknowledge the support of my fellow Directors and the senior Management team, led by our CEO, Dean Bowtell, whom we proudly boast are the best in our industry and integral to the success that the Southport Sharks have enjoyed and our future plans.”