Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer

About the Association:

Cricket is New Zealand’s premier summer sport and the Canterbury Cricket Association, formed in 1877, is one of six major New Zealand cricket associations within New Zealand.

One of the largest regions, Canterbury includes seven district associations: Buller, Canterbury Country, Christchurch Metropolitan, Christchurch Junior, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, and West Coast.

With 22,000 players, Canterbury Cricket manages all talent pathways from grassroots participation to professional teams, including the Canterbury Men’s and Women’s teams, Canterbury Magicians, and Canterbury Kings.

Reporting to the Chair, Jono Brent, supported by a highly skilled and collaborative Board, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for providing strategic leadership and stakeholder engagement to ensure the growth and success of cricket in the Canterbury region.


The remuneration package includes an at-risk bonus and a sponsored vehicle.

Strategy and Vision:

Canterbury Cricket’s strategy is to deliver its vision of being Canterbury’s most accessible game, a game for all, a game for life.

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Required Skills & Experience
As the ideal candidate, your strategic leadership skills will inspire and guide the Association towards achieving its vision of cricket being Canterbury’s most accessible game, making it a game for life.

Relationships are critical and you will understand the district to be a complete ecosystem made up of many different groups including players, associations, supporters, sponsors and influencers. Politically savvy, you will naturally work in a strategically collaborative way, with flair for ensuring all parties are actively engaged with, and supportive of the region’s long-term vision for the game.

As a commercially focused executive, you will be proven in turning strategy into well-defined objectives and deliverables that increase commercial value overall. You will be culturally aware, actively taking a more diverse and inclusive approach, attracting other cultures as well as more girls and women into the game.

Being financially astute, you will be able to identify opportunities for improvement to the top and bottom line, as well as understanding digital and social media and how to maximise Canterbury Cricket’s market presence.

It goes without saying you will have a passion for sport and/or cricket, ideally experienced working in a not-for-profit environment, comfortable partnering with commercial sponsors and will know what it takes to keep such a business financially successful.

In addition, you will:

Think strategically – able to develop innovative strategies for growth.
Be a natural networker and known for your stakeholder engagement skills.
Be highly organised - able to manage multiple priorities.
Understand governance principles and know how to advance the game through effective relationships with the Board and management team leadership.
Have experience managing high-performance programmes to achieve sustainable excellence.
This represents a rare and outstanding opportunity for an experienced CE or strategic leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who is passionate about the Canterbury region and the great things we are achieving.


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