Cricket Australia on Monday announced the appointment of Nick Hockley as the board’s chief executive officer (CEO) after serving in an interim capacity for nearly a year.
Hawkley has served with distinction of cricket australia Interim CEO since June 2020, oversees the successful delivery of the previous season’s international and domestic competitions.
Hockley has spent nearly a decade in cricket with a highly successful stint as CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organizing Committee, Head of Commercial Projects in CA and General Manager, Commercial and Marketing at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Prior to cricket, Hockley was Head of Commercial Negotiations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, prior to which he held senior corporate finance roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney and London, where he also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Hockley said he was honored to be announced as the new CEO of CA.
“As Australia’s national sport, cricket is central to our national and cultural identity. I am under no illusions about the importance of cricket in the lives of so many Australians, nor about the magnitude and responsibility of this role. Leading Cricket Australia is one of the greatest privileges of my working life and I am committed to doing everything possible to make a positive contribution to the sport and the community. Hawkley said.
“Over the past 12 months, I have learned firsthand about the breadth, scale and importance of the role. My vision has been and will continue to be to bring people together in sport, as I believe it is fundamental to achieving our full potential.” she added.
“It has been immensely rewarding to be part of CA, state and regional associations and the Australian Cricketers Association, like never before in the last 12 months, to overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19 and give a warmth to the ages. I look forward to building on this momentum and playing my part in deepening those relationships as well as taking the lead in taking the game forward with fellow ICC members.” He added.
“I would also like to thank the CA Board for believing in me to continue to lead CA at this important and exciting time for the sport. The change and complexity brought about by COVID-19 has created a lot of challenges, but also a lot of opportunities. Working closely with our partners across the sport, I feel confident and optimistic about cricket’s ability to meet the challenges of the modern world and thrive. he said.
Earl Eddings, CA Chair congratulated Hockley on his appointment.
“Nick’s contribution to Australian cricket has been enormous and on behalf of the Board, I am very pleased to confirm his appointment as CEO, which was unanimously endorsed by the Board.” Eddings said.
“From delivering the historic T20 Women’s World Cup to making the 2020-21 season a safe and successful one, Nick has already proven himself in the top arena of sports administrators in Australia and across the world,” she added.
“Nick was named interim CEO at an incredibly challenging period for Australian sport and society in general, and there were instances where once-in-a-generation obstacles seemed overwhelming in his path. But his leadership, With determination, ethics and vision for the game, Australian cricket has emerged stronger than ever. Nick deserves a lot of credit for that.” he adds.
“Only 14 people have served as CEO or secretary of Australia’s national cricket body, and just 12 have served since the then Australian International Cricket Board was formally established 116 years ago. I firmly believe that Nick will be regarded as one of the best of them all and carry on his legacy of ensuring that cricket is a sport for all Australians. he said.
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