Olivia will bring an extensive cricket background and corporate expertise to the role as the current Cricket ACT General Manager of High Performance and as a former coaching specialist with Cricket Australia. Olivia has also held roles in athlete wellbeing at the Australian Institute of Sport and is a former elite player, having been part of underage and senior NSW squads.
Olivia will replace outgoing CEO James Allsopp who has recently been appointed to the role of Executive General Manager - Community Cricket at Cricket Australia.
ACT Cricket Association Chairman Mr John Miller said Olivia was appointed from a very high-calibre field of applicants from around Australia as well as international candidates after a robust recruitment process.
“I am incredibly proud to announce Olivia Thornton will be taking over as CEO and representing our organisation. Liv is an exceptional person with strong personal values and a wonderful work ethic,” said John.
“She has done outstanding work as High Performance Manager over the past two seasons and the CEO selection panel and the Board are in unanimous agreement that she is ready to take the next step.
“The success of Cricket ACT is reliant on our relationships and Liv has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to develop, respect and maintain excellent working relationships with key stakeholders at all levels.
“Liv will take over from an outstanding CEO in James Allsopp, but I have no doubt she will bring her own vision and style to the role and is well positioned to continue the success of our most recent summer of cricket and continue to effectively manage the ongoing uncertainty and challenges being created by COVID-19.
Olivia said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the CEO of Cricket ACT and to have the opportunity to build on the success of my predecessors.
“We have had an incredible summer of cricket and I am committed to continuing this momentum to enhance our footprint, both locally and within Australian Cricket.
“Cricket ACT has been on an exciting growth trajectory across all business areas and I very much look forward to leading the team to maximise our potential. I am proud of the fact that we are a genuinely purpose driven organisation and I look forward to working with our community to continue to unite and inspire the next generation of cricketers and cricket fans.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank James Allsopp for his strong leadership and guidance of our organisation over the past few years. He has led from the front and leaves with a tremendous list of achievements that will have a lasting impact on our sport.”
The appointment will see Olivia become the first female CEO in the organisation’s 99-year history.
Olivia will officially commence in the role on Monday 15th March 2021 following James’ final day on Friday 12th March. The recruitment process to replace the position of General Manager of High Performance will commence in the coming weeks.