We express our sincere gratitude to James, who has been an outstanding leader of our organization. While we are very sorry to see him leave, Australian cricket more broadly is incredibly fortunate that he is staying within the sport.
His vision, commitment and ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders has been the driving force behind a period of sustained growth and success for cricket in the Canberra region. The benefits of James’ leadership have been felt far beyond the boundaries of cricket, through the Coalition of Major Participants Sports (COMPS) group which he chairs.
“I would like to thank the Cricket ACT Board for their unity, guidance and unconditional support over the last two and a half years,” said Mr Allsopp. “I am proud of what we have achieved together, and while there is an element of unfinished business, it is of great comfort to me to know that I leave with their blessing.”
“I would also like to express my gratitude to all of the staff at Cricket ACT. What gives me most pride on reflection of our time together is to have seen you thrive in your respective roles which has driven positive outcomes within cricket and the community more broadly. Our organisation is driven by your passion in the game and strong belief that cricket can enrich the lives of others and I have been honoured to witness that passion and commitment to our sport within each of our teams: Operations, High Performance, Curation, Communications and Marketing, Finance and Business Services, Community Cricket and Technology.”
“Our achievements as an organisation over the last two and half years belong to all of you far more than they belong to me, and I am proud to have supported you in that journey.”
“And of course, Cricket ACT would not be such a thriving cricket hot spot without our fantastic clubs, affiliated members, volunteers, players and government support. Collectively, we continue to aspire to improve all cricket operations and I take comfort departing knowing that there are outstanding leaders with the cricket community that will work closely with the Board and management in growing the game in the Territory. I thank you for your support and trust in me during this time”
James leaves Cricket ACT in a strong position evident by the growth in commercial partners that have embraced the culture at Cricket ACT, the exemplary delivery of W/BBL and international cricket in Canberra. The significant investment into Cricket ACT pathways will ensure ACT continues to be a talent nursery for Australian Cricket and sustainable investment in infrastructure to support the growth of cricket within the ACT and surrounding region.
These sentiments were echoed by Cricket ACT Chairman, John Miller: “I know I can speak on behalf of all the local cricket community in saying we are extremely fortunate to have had James within Cricket ACT over the past three years, firstly as HP Manager and then as our CEO.”
“Moving into his new role at Cricket Australia as Executive General Manager of Community Cricket, James will have the interests of Australian cricket front of mind but will take a big understanding of ACT cricket to that role and that is something we see as very important.”
“As Chairman I couldn’t be any prouder of the way he led our organisation during a critical time for cricket in the ACT, and of the amazing contribution he made to Australian cricket in general. India and Australia playing in Canberra happened because James was prepared to offer solutions and follow through on delivery. In speaking to each of our Board members over the last couple of days, they were unanimous in their praise and respect for James. His is a legacy that will be long lasting.”
The Board will soon begin the process of identifying and appointing a new CEO and have the full support of Cricket Australia in managing this transitional period.
All of us at Cricket ACT wish James and his family all the success in the world as they enter a new phase in their lives, and we will always be grateful that James has been part of the ACT cricket community.