Successful delivery of the inaugural Canberra Test match in 2019, navigating the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, more pathway opportunities for local cricketers, increased commercial revenue and a significant uplift in female participation highlights the unwavering leadership of departing Cricket ACT Chair John Miller.
On the eve of the 2021/22 season, John has announced his decision to retire as Chair of the ACT Cricket Association, stating that the time was right to hand the baton on. John was appointed on September 21 2016 as the sixth Chair of the ACT Cricket Association and led his final board meeting last Friday.
During his five-year term as Chair and previous six years serving as a Director, John is extremely proud to have played a role in contributing to the rise of cricket in Canberra.
“I feel honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve the local cricket community as a board member of Cricket ACT and ultimately as Chair,” John said.
“The game survives because of the incredible input, commitment and dedication of volunteers, and so I extend my thanks to all of the hard-working people involved in club land, the heart and soul of the game.
“I wish Cricket ACT nothing but the very best long into the future and will watch on and support with great pride.”
Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton said John is one of Canberra crickets’ greatest advocates and will be sorely missed. “We have been incredibly lucky to have had John at the helm for the last five years. He has steered us through significant organisational change with genuine care, expertise and commitment.
“In doing so, John has left an indelible mark on cricket within the Canberra region and more broadly within the Australian Cricket ecosystem. John should be incredibly proud of what he has achieved during his time on the Cricket ACT Board and his legacy serves as a definitive measure of true leadership. John will always be part of the Cricket ACT family and we wish him and Cheryl all the best for this next chapter.”
Current Deputy Chairperson Fiona Jolly, who will act as interim Chair, said, “John has made a great contribution to every aspect of the game, and cricket locally is in an incredibly strong position because of this. On behalf of everyone involved in our game, we thank John and wish him all the best for what comes next.”
The broader cricket community also paid tribute to John’s commitment and passion for the game.
Weston Creek Molonglo President, Sean Galbraith, said. “I'd like to thank John from a club perspective for his time and work as the Chair of Cricket ACT over the past 5 years and many years as a director before that. He's guided cricket in our region through some big changes and tough times of late, but always does so with genuine excitement and passion for the game,”
“Best of luck with the future John and I am sure we will see you around many cricket games to come.”
Abode Hotels ACT Meteors captain, Ange Reakes, said. “Thank you, John, for your incredible support of cricket within this region during your time on the Board. Your support of our High Performance programs, both from a male and female perspective, has been appreciated. On behalf of all players, both past and present, we wish you all the best and no doubt will see you around the grounds in the years to come.”
The formal process to appoint the new Chair will commence shortly.