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Appointments announced for Venues NSW Board
The NSW Government has announced the 11 board members of new Venues NSW agency, with acting NSW Minister for Sport Geoff Lee advising that the venues entity has a directive to attract and win major events.
Former President of the Business Council of Australia, Tony Shepherd will be the Chair of the new agency, with Rod McGeoch, former Chief Executive of the Sydney 2000 Olympic bid, named Deputy Chair.
Todd Greenberg, former Chief Executive of the NRL and Canterbury Bulldogs, and former General Manager of ANZ Stadium, has also been appointed to the board, a move Sydney newspaper The Daily Telegraph, described as “controversial”.
The newspaper reported “Mr Greenberg’s appointment is the most controversial with the new entity’s biggest customer, the NRL, understood to be unhappy at having a former CEO involved.”
Other board members are:
• Kim Curtain - Deputy Secretary, Jobs, Investment and Tourism at NSW Treasury.
• Amy Duggan - former Matilda and board member of Football Federation Australia.
• Erin Flaherty - former Executive Director Infrastructure NSW and founding board member of Sydney Metro Authority.
• Ian Hammond - Chairman of previous Venues NSW entity.
• Alan Jones - Deputy Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission, former Wallabies Coach and broadcaster.
• Sally Loane - Board member of Destination NSW and first female director of Waratahs Rugby.
• Christine McLoughlin - Chairman of Suncorp Group Limited and co-founder and Director of the Minerva Network.
• John Quayle - former Chief Executive of Australian and NSW Rugby League and General Manager of Venues and Precincts for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Commenting on the appointments, acting Minister Lee explained “we are embarking on an exciting transformation which will enable the one entity to get maximum returns with a strong, co-ordinated and streamlined approach to attracting events.
“We have assembled some of the greatest minds in business and the community to secure blockbuster events and drive economic activity across the state.
“The mix we have achieved has a perfect blend of expertise in running the biggest and the best sport events and venues, through to former athletes as well as business minds who know how to execute the best deals for the people of NSW.
“I’m also excited to have a strong representation of women on the Venues NSW board as we entice the best female sporting events on the planet into our stadia network.”
NSW Parliament has recently passed legislation to enable Venues NSW to be the single entity managing sport and entertainment venues in NSW, merging the Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust and Venues NSW.
Board members will commence their terms from 1st December 2020.
Image: Newcastle's McDonald Jones Stadium is one of the venues being managed by Venues NSW.
16th November 2020 - Report suggests Todd Greenberg to be appointed to board of NSW’s new venues agency
2nd November 2020 - NSW Budget set to back upgrades to Sydney’s suburban stadiums
30th September 2020 - NRL Grand Final will see 40,000 fans at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium
22nd September 2020 - NRL announces ‘brutal’ job cuts as it looks to slash $50 million in costs
18th September 2020 - NSW Government to allow crowd numbers to double at sporting venues
14th September 2020 - NSW Government releases new plan to reinvigorate Sydney’s 24-hour economy
4th September 2020 - NRL names new Chief Executive while targeting $50 million in cuts
11th August 2020 - Report suggests NSW Government looking to develop ‘five more Bankwests’
5th August 2020 - Construction work underway at new Sydney Football Stadium
16th July 2020 - NSW Government plans merger of Sydney’s parks agencies
23rd June 2020 - NSW Government announces merger of SCG Trust and Venues NSW
25th May 2020 - Newcastle’s No.1 Sportsground to receive major redevelopment
20th April 2020 - Todd Greenberg forced out of NRL Chief Executive role
18th April 2020 - NRL moves forward with competition resumption in late May
11th March 2020 - NRL’s Bulldogs lose $2 million sponsorship following player scandal
31st January 2020 - Paul Doorn leaves Venues NSW for Chief Executive role NSW Rugby Union
23rd December 2018 - Event Hub wins multi-year contract with Venues NSW
6th November 2017 - Former Parramatta Stadium giant screen re-erected at McDonald Jones Stadium
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