Chelsea Roffey

Journalist and Professional AFL Umpire

Chelsea Roffey is the first and only woman to have umpired an AFL grand final.

Recognised as Official of the Year by Queensland and Victorian state umpiring bodies, and listed in The Age newspaper’s top 100 most influential people, Chelsea has been voted by her peers to leadership positions with the AFL umpires and AFL Umpires’ Association Executive and sat on the AFL Diversity Council.

She has been an invited guest of APEC at their Women’s Leadership Forum in Beijing, and was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, travelling to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden and India to study strategies for influencing social change through diversity.

Holding degrees in music and journalism, she applies a curious and creative mindset in dissecting her personal narrative to explore the broader concepts affecting high performance cultures across a range of sectors.

She has umpired more than 215 AFL games and 16 finals including the 2012 Grand Final, officiating as the emergency umpire at a further five grand finals after finishing in the top three nationally. Her unique experiences in a competitive, male dominated environment have instilled an expert level of understanding around the barriers and opportunities to cultural change.

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