Cricket Australia (CA) have announced the appointment of Nick Hockley as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Hockley had been serving as interim CEO since June 2020 and his good record in this difficult time has led him to serve the board for more time.
“The board of Cricket Australia confirms the appointment of Nick Hockley to the position of Chief Executive Officer,” said a statement from Cricket Australia (CA).
The success in the conduct of last year’s domestic and international season in Australia went in Hockley’s favour.
“Hockley has served with distinction as CA’s Interim CEO since June 2020, overseeing the successful delivery of last season’s international and domestic competitions in the face of coronavirus pandemic,” the statement added.
Hockley, a chartered accountant by profession, has spent almost a decade in cricket with stints as CEO of ICC T20 World Cup 2020 (which has been moved to 2022) local organising committee, head of commercial projects at CA and as general manager, commercial and marketing, at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
“As Australia’s national sport, cricket is at the heart of our national and cultural identity. I am under no illusion about the importance of cricket to the lives of so many Australians, nor the magnitude and responsibility of this role. Leading Cricket Australia is the greatest privilege of my working life and I am committed to doing all I can to making a positive contribution to the game and the community,” Nick said after appointment.
Prior to cricket, Hockley was head of commercial negotiations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Over the past 12 months, I have learnt first-hand about the breadth, scale and importance of the role. My approach has been and will continue to be to bring people across the game together, as I believe this is fundamental to achieving our full potential,” said Hockley in a statement.
Earl Eddings, the CA chairman, acknowledged Hockley’s role over the last 12 months.
“From delivering the historic T20 Women’s World Cup to ensuring a safe and successful 2020-21 season, Nick has already proven himself to be in the very top echelon of sports administrators both in Australia and around the world,” said Eddings.