O’Brien brings extensive experience to the role as the current leader of a National Sporting Organisation and has been heavily involved in the preparation of campaign plans and management of elite athletes and teams competing at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton says the organisation undertook a rigorous recruitment process and was pleased to see O’Brien joining the organisations leadership team.
“Josh was exceptional during the interview stage and showcased his depth of experience across all areas of high performance sport,” said Thornton.
“It is an exciting time for Josh to step into the role off the back of a big summer of cricket for our community.
“Coming from a successful Olympic and Commonwealth sport, we are excited to see what fresh perspective and new ideas Josh will bring into the role and look forward to him contributing here locally and also more broadly within the Australian Cricket High Performance network.”
A Yass local, O’Brien holds a Masters in Business Administration from Newcastle University and played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Combat Institute of Australia (CIA), a new entity focused on delivering the high performance programs for Boxing, Taekwondo and Judo.
He has also held roles at Rowing ACT and has undertaken various volunteer opportunities including a role at the 2015 Cricket World Cup matches held at Manuka Oval.
With a life-long passion for cricket, O’Brien said he jumped at the chance to become involved in Australia’s favourite sport.
'I'm thrilled to join Cricket ACT; opportunities like this don't come around very often and I'm grateful to be given the chance to work in a great sport,” said O’Brien.
“It's an exciting time to be involved in cricket, and I'm looking forward to working with the Cricket ACT team to deliver successful high performance outcomes.”
O’Brien will officially commence in the role on Tuesday 15th June 2021.