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Friday, December 7, 2018

Fremantle Dockers HR manager Nicole Horrocks departs club

The most senior woman at the Fremantle Dockers — who handled the fallout from the sexual harassment claim levelled at coach Ross Lyon earlier this year — has left the club suddenly and silently.
Nicole Horrocks, the club’s General Manager of Human Resources and a part of the Dockers’ senior management team, departed her position in a hurry on Wednesday this week, amid rumoured tensions about staffing.
The West Australian understands Ms Horrocks was involved in an intense dispute with the club following critical feedback about a part-time staff member close to Lyon.
She went following that dispute, and the club then “went into damage control,” a source said.
A club spokesman said today there was no dispute and there was no disagreement over staff.
It was expected Ms Horrocks would be required to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of her resignation package. A former insider said: “It’s amazing how many good people have left.”
No-one was home at Ms Horrocks’ address today.
Ms Horrocks, who was formerly the human resources manager at the Western Force, has been at the Dockers since 2011, and part of the senior management team since 2016. She is also a member of the WA Sports Federation.
In May this year, it was she who was involved in the handling of a sexual harassment complaint against Lyon which swirled for months.
Ms Horrocks was in the room several years ago when a young employee complained about the way she was treated by Lyon at a club function, including referring to her “budding boobs.”
She was two months pregnant at the time.
The woman left the club but came forward again last year with more evidence of her complaint. Fremantle paid out more than $100,000 to the woman earlier this year, which the club said was to resolve an employment dispute.
In statement from Fremantle, they said the departure of Ms Horrocks came after her role — one of the most senior in the organisation — was “made redundant”, and was an “opportunity to restructure its administration team”.
They also revealed that David Pitts, the former general manager of business operations, left last month.
CEO Steve Rosich said the restructure was planned.
“The restructure of our football operations was undertaken with the aim of ensuring that we are best placed to drive our future on-field performance, develop our young playing list and provide an environment for our players and football staff to thrive, grow and improve,” Rosich said.
“Similarly, (it) provides us with the opportunity to ensure that we are best placed to serve our members, supporters and stakeholders for the future.