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Experienced administrator Eugenie Buckley takes on interim Chief Executive role at Swimming Australia

Experienced administrator Eugenie Buckley takes on interim Chief Executive role at Swimming Australia
August 31, 2021
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Swimming Australia has this morning announced the appointment of highly experienced sports administrator Eugenie Buckley as its interim Chief Executive, effective immediately, following the resignation of Alex Baumann earlier this month due to health reasons.

Buckley, the Managing Director of Suiko Consulting, has held roles as Chief Executive of the Brisbane Roar and the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2009 and has a multitude of experience across high performance sporting organisations, both in Australia and overseas - working across commercial, strategic planning, operations, integrity and risk, and people and culture.

Advising that Buckley was a strong candidate to lead the organisation during this transition period,

Swimming Australia President, Kieren Perkins stated “Eugenie has strong commercial experience and has developed and implemented strategies across a wide range of sports, making her an ideal person to lead the organisation for the next few months.

“She will work closely with Alex in his final week to take over the implementation of our current strategy, which has been developed by Alex and our executive team, in conjunction with our member organisations.”

Buckley said this was an exciting opportunity to work with a sport at the heart of all Australians, commenting “I am excited about the opportunity to maintain the momentum created by Swimming Australia and its athletes post-Tokyo, with a strong culture and performance pathway that will build on participation and optimise brand partnership interest.

“I cannot wait to throw myself into a range of projects, as guided by the Board and I am very much looking forward to working with the Swimming Australia executive team in realising a raft of new opportunities.”

It has also been revealed that the Board of Swimming Australia has appointed global executive search and talent consulting firm SRI to lead a domestic and global search for its next Chief Executive.

Perkins said SRI had been tasked with undertaking a comprehensive global search for a permanent replacement, adding “Swimming Australia, as a sport of national significance, enters this recruitment process at an important time of inflection for the sport following a highly successful Tokyo Olympic campaign, and a Paralympic team performing extremely well as they reach the halfway point in their competition.

“We have the Birmingham Commonwealth Games next year, leading into a shorter preparation for Paris 2024 and now we have the excitement of a generationally important Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games ahead of us.

“The next CEO for Swimming Australia will need to ensure our sport is commercially strong, continues to deliver successful high performance results, with best practice governance and risk management to deliver a sustainable future for swimming.”

Buckley’s appointment is initially for three months with a period to review should the recruitment process for a permanent appointment still be ongoing after that period.

The search for a permanent Chief Executive will commence this week with the Board aiming to be shortlisting for the role in October. The Chief Executive advertisement will be live from Wednesday 1st September and close on Wednesday 29th September.

For inquiries about the search process contact Jonathan Harris at SRI on

Image: Eugenie Buckley. Credit: Suiko Consulting,

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