WACA Board Makes History
14 November 2016  
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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 listed companies. 
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 the Association.” 
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 sport. 
"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 said. 
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. 
Ken 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.