David Barham Biography – David Barham Wiki
David Barham is an Australian TV executive and President of Essendon Football Club. Over three decades, Barham has led teams in the sport and television industries, taking the seeds of ideas and turning them into award-winning special events and broadcast coverage. Highlights have included leading the production and delivery of coverage for the Big Bash League, Olympic and Commonwealth Games, the F1 Australian Grand Prix and AFL Finals.
David Barham Background
Barham is the Managing Director at Vuecast Media, providing consultancy to sporting organisations around all aspects of broadcasting, including rights negotiation and production.
He is a board director at Victoria Racing Club, having previously worked as a Consultant from August 2019 to July 2020, working with Senior management on a range of initiatives across the next few months on the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Barham was a board director at TRP – Thoroughbred Racing Productions from Dec 2020 – Sep 2021, as well as Interim Chief Executive Officer of RSN Racing & Sport, trading as 3UZ Pty Ltd (Radio – 927AM) from Mar 2021 – Jun 2021.
He worked as a Consultant for Events South Australia from Apr 2020 – May 2020, working on the broadcast of the Tour Down Under, and for Cricket Australia from Jan 2020 – Apr 2020, providing a range of suggestions on how to revive the competition.
Barham was head of Cricket for Seven Network from May 2018 – Apr 2019. He worked at Channel 10 as Head of Sport from Nov 2010 – Aug 2015 and was Executive in charge of BBL and Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix from Apr 2015 – Apr 2018.
Prior to joining Channel 10, he was Managing Director at AFL Films from Jan 1993 – Oct 2010. Originally from Warrnambool, his first job was at BTV6 Ballarat when he was about 18.
David Barham Essendon
In December 2015, the Essendon Football Club announced Paul Brasher and David Barham as the successful candidates in the 2015 Board Election. Barham joined the Board on the back of a distinguished career across the media and football industry.
“I would like to congratulate both Paul and David on their successful election to the Board,” Essendon Chairman Paul Little said.
“The skills and experience they will bring will provide significant benefit to the Essendon Football Club.
“Paul is well known to the other members of the Board having played an important role in ensuring the Club remained in a strong financial position throughout the last four years.
“David has 25 years experience working across the AFL industry and will bring strong media and commercial acumen.
“I look forward to formally welcoming Paul and David at the AGM on Monday night and would like to thank the other candidates for nominating and the Essendon members for taking part in this important democratic process.”
In December 2018, Essendon Football Club Board member David Barham was re-appointed for a further three-year term as a Club Director at the club’s Annual General Meeting at Marvel Stadium.
Club President Lindsay Tanner said Barham’s extensive experience will allow him to continue to provide invaluable industry insights for the board throughout the next three years.
“As the former Head of Sport for the Ten Network and current Head of Cricket for the Seven Network, David brings fantastic knowledge to the Board and has made an outstanding contribution as a Director over the past three years,” Tanner said.
“I am delighted that he has agreed to serve the club for another three-year term.”
On August 15, 2022, Barham took over as Essendon Football Club President. Essendon Football Club has released the following statement:
“Essendon Football Club wishes to advise the Board of Directors met on Monday morning, at which time Paul Brasher tendered his resignation as President.
“Following Brasher’s resignation, a vote was held to determine the next President of the Essendon Football Club with Dave Barham assuming the role.”
Barham took over as President after serving on the board for the past seven years.
“First of all, I am delighted that Paul has agreed to stay on. His experience and knowledge is invaluable,” Barham said.
“This club is one of the greatest sporting institutions in this country. This year, we celebrated our 150-year history. It makes us one of the oldest and most successful clubs in the world.
“However, over the past two decades, on field success has eluded us. We need to change this.
“We need to place a laser-like focus on our football performance above everything else. We need to build a platform, that will bring us sustainable success.
“The view of the Board is that we cannot continue to only review ourselves and hope that things will change. Whilst the review was thorough and well done, the Board has determined that our club needs further external aspects added into our analysis.
“We need to accept where we are, look hard at what best practice in AFL football is, reset, and then begin our fight back to winning premierships.
“No one is underestimating the task at hand, but it must start sometime and today is the day.
“We are confident we can do this. The broader club is in excellent shape, has outstanding facilities and a hardworking and valued administration.
“To all Bomber fans, this is a line in the sand moment.
“We will need your continued support and help to do this, but I know we can count on you, as you have never let us down, ever.
“There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about our future. This work will mean we the board can be in the best position to make what are very important decisions about our future.”