Palmer to lead ASC

Outgoing Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer was today announced as new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission.

The appointment sees Palmer become the first female CEO at the ASC in its 31 years of operation.

Ms Palmer said: “This is my dream job. I am passionate about sport and want to help sport grow and succeed in this country, both in terms of participation and elite performance. I am excited about the challenge of improving Australia’s competitiveness at the highest levels of world sport. We have a lot of strengths to build on in the Australian sporting system, but we also need to look very hard at what we can do better for the future.

“I leave Netball Australia feeling very proud of what we have achieved, knowing that the sport and the organisation is in excellent shape heading into the next phase.

The Chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) John Wylie AM said: “The ASC CEO is the pre-eminent leadership role in Australian sport. It offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of sport in Australia at the elite international and grassroots levels and have real impact on sporting outcomes for all Australians.

“This is an important time in Australian sport and the ASC Board has no doubt that Kate is the right person to lead our mission, which is to ensure Australia remains a sporting and healthy nation that can both achieve success at the highest levels of international sport and thrive in our community participation.

“Kate has done an exceptional job over the past decade in her role as CEO of Netball Australia, leading the largest female participation sport in Australia and tripling revenue in the past seven years.

“She has created high performing organisations which have excelled in high performance and growing community participation, with good governance and people management. She has a successful track record of leading transformative organisational change.”

Palmer will commence the role 30 January 2017. Mr Wylie thanked Matt Favier, Director of the AIS, for his contribution to the ASC in his capacity as Acting Chief Executive Officer over the past two months.

Netball Australia wishes Palmer all the best in her new challenge.

Photography: Australian Sports Commission