15 May 2012: Andrea Slattery, the chief executive officer of the SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA), has been appointed to the Board of Ladder, the AFL-supported Charity organisation dedicated to tackling youth homelessness in Australia.

The Adelaide-based Mrs Slattery will use her connections and networking ability to draw attention to Ladder’s program to help change the lives of young Australians experiencing homelessness.

Ladder was established in 2007 by a group of former AFL players to leverage the influence of the AFL industry, its players and networks to challenge the issue of youth homelessness.

Past and present AFL stars Andrew McLeod, Jobe Watson, Luke Ball and Matthew Lloyd are Ladder ambassadors dedicated to highlighting the plight of Australia’s homeless youth.

Mrs Slattery’s connection with the organisation has a personal dimension – her son Henry plays for Essendon, and, like all AFL players, he contributes $20 to Ladder every time he takes the field for the Bombers via the AFL Players’ Charity Fund.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to join such a wonderful organisation that is dedicated to practical help for the 30,000 young people who find themselves homeless on any night across Australia,” Mrs Slattery said.

“The football community is a large and supportive group. It’s not only the players who are involved in tackling this social problem, but also their parents, friends and supporters. It’s more of these people we would like to get involved, the community at large and the corporate community that we need to get involved in this very worthwhile program so we can consign youth homelessness to history.

“I certainly hope my connections through the business and finance community can also be leveraged to support such a worthwhile program.”

The ALF Players’ Association chief executive officer and Ladder chairman, Matthew Finnis, said he was “thrilled to add Andrea to our Board of Directors”.

“Andrea’s support for AFL, its players and the broader community is well recognised. We think that involvement with Ladder is a wonderful way to combine these passions in a way which can help us to leverage AFL players’ commitment to helping young people break the cycle of homelessness.

“Having opened a facility in Port Adelaide, we thought it important to have a South Australian representative on the national Ladder Board.

“Given her knowledge, experience and strong links throughout the corporate, sporting and community networks, Andrea was an obvious choice. We are

delighted that she has found the time within her incredibly busy schedule to contribute to this cause.”

Mrs Slattery will join Mr Finnis, AFL CFO Ian Anderson, Geelong president Colin Carter, Sam Graham, Joel Bowden and David Eldridge on the board of Ladder.

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