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Following the recent resignation of
Chair Dr Lachlan Henderson, the WACA is
pleased to announce the Hon. Dr Ken Michael AC as the Board’s new Chair. The WACA Board also made history by appointing its first female Deputy
Chair, with Dr Vanessa Guthrie set to take on the role.
Dr Guthrie, Toro Energy Limited’s Managing Director
and Chief Executive Officer, joined the WACA Board in February 2016, bringing
with her a wealth of board experience in community, government, and publicly
Dr Guthrie said she was delighted to step in to the
role and to work alongside Ken and her fellow Board Members.
"It is an exciting time to be part of the WACA. We
have a bright future ahead, with the opportunity to connect to Perth Stadium
and transform the WACA Ground,” Dr Guthrie said.
"While I have a strong passion for cricket and the
WACA Ground, I am focussed on developing and supporting female cricket in
Western Australia to ensure we provide them with the same opportunities as
their male counterparts.
"The sport is still a long way from being equal across
the women’s and men’s formats and I hope to continue the fantastic work that
has already been undertaken by the Association in bringing the issue to the top
of Australian cricket’s agenda.
"I would like to acknowledge the Board for their
support and I look forward to working alongside them to progress the future of
Outgoing WACA Chair Dr Lachlan Henderson said the
Board believed Dr Guthrie’s experience and passion would ensure the Association
continued to be progressive in the area of gender equality both in business and
"Vanessa has shown tremendous leadership in her short
time on the Board and I have no doubt that she will continue to make a
significant impact on the Association and cricket in this state,” Dr Henderson
The Hon. Dr Michael has been appointed to the position
of Chair commencing 7 December 2016, a role he will hold while continuing as
the WACA’s President. This follows the resignation of Dr Henderson who accepted
the role of Group CEO of Epworth HealthCare in Victoria.
joined the WACA Board as President in November 2015, filling the vacancy left
by the resignation of Dennis Lillee. Ken’s tireless and respected contribution
to many aspects of government, business and community activity across WA has
spanned more than 40 years.
"Ken has been an invaluable Member of the WACA Board
and has provided me with endless support and advice during my tenure.
"I know I’m leaving the Association in the best
possible hands and I am confident that together, Ken and Vanessa will see the
Association through what is sure to be a momentous time in its history.”
Kade Harvey made the decision to step down from
the position of Deputy Chair to focus on his role with the Perth Scorchers.