Government welcomes new Directors to Cricket Australia Board
Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and Minister for the Status of Women Julie Collins today congratulated Jacquie Hey on her election as the first female independent director to the board of Cricket Australia.
Senator Lundy welcomed the confirmation from Cricket Australia’s Annual General Meeting that Ms Hey had been elected to the board and said the board would be well-placed to continue implementing enhanced governance structures.
“Jacquie has a strong corporate background and passion for cricket and will bring a wealth of experience to the Cricket Australia board,” Senator Lundy said.
“With the continued success of the Southern Star’s and cricket being one of the most popular sports for all Australian’s Jacquie’s appointment is another positive move forward for Cricket Australia’s ongoing Governance review.”
Senator Lundy also welcomed the election of David Peever and Kevin Roberts to the nine-member board.
“I have no doubt that both David and Kevin will bring a wealth of commercial and business experience to the board and play a vital role in Cricket Australia’s future,” Senator Lundy said.
Ms Collins said this was another step forward for women in leadership positions, in both the public and private sectors.
“Jacquie is the first woman to be appointed to the Cricket Australia board in its 107-year history,” Ms Collins said.
“Today’s announcement is a positive sign of the changing attitudes towards women and leadership.
“The Government is calling on all Australian organisations to continue to support greater participation of women on boards and in leadership positions.
“The Gillard Government is leading by example when it comes to women’s representation on boards, with female executives filling 35.3 per cent of Government board positions in the last financial year.
“The Government is committed to achieving its target of 40 per cent women on Australian Government boards by 2015.”