Charlie Gardiner started in his role as Executive General Manager - Football in 2019. Gardiner played 63 AFL games for Geelong and St Kilda from 2002-2008 during which time he was Geelong's delegate to the AFL Players' Association. Following his career as a player Gardiner joined leading Melbourne law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler where he worked as a litigation lawyer finishing as a senior associate before joining the Swans.

Gardiner blends a strong mix of AFL experience and a legal background to lead the Sydney Swans football department.