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Athletics NSW (ANSW) is the governing body of Athletics in New South Wales and is responsible for the overall management, promotion and growth of Athletics throughout the State. With over 100 affiliated clubs throughout NSW which cater for individuals of all ages, abilities and interests, and 15,000 registered members, athletics is hugely important for sport in NSW in fostering a healthy community. Athletics in New South Wales has a vision to be a strong, vibrant, and growing sport.

Our purpose is to foster the appreciation, enjoyment and development of Athletics in NSW by:

  • Providing leadership and direction to clubs, athletes, coaches and officials;
  • Supporting all athletes to reach their potential. This ranges from grassroots through to elite athletes (who are competing internationally and representing Australia);
  • Growing participation in a sustainable way, through the delivery and facilitation of well run competitions and the creation of innovative new participation products

Athletics is made up of several smaller sports. On Track we have sprinters, middle distance, long-distance runners and Walkers. In the Field we have jumpers and throwers. Away from a stadium we have Cross Country runners, road runners and of course, recreational runners. We also cater for a significant para-athletics community across all of our product offerings.

It is an exciting time to be involved in Athletics, as the sport looks to modernise its offering and grow engagement.  Athletics NSW needs a CEO of the highest calibre to deliver our Board’s strategy.


The CEO will be focussed on continual renewal and growing the organisation in order to meet the needs of its constantly evolving industry. These critical next steps will require both strategic vision and operational management of the organisation, leading staff and engaging stakeholders.

  • The CEO reports to a volunteer Board of Directors. The ability to work effectively with a volunteer Board of Directors. The board seek a strategic leader, with excellent board reporting, risk and governance skills and exceptional communication skills.
  • Exceptional leadership skills to be adept at building and maintaining relationships with, and meeting the needs of, a diverse stakeholder group including members, government at all three levels, health peak bodies, NGO’s, sporting bodies, regulators, educators, academia, research institutes, business and aligned associations.
  • The CEO will have strong proven experience in facilitating organisational change and will need to keep a commercial focus whilst operating in a not for profit or membership association context.
  • Your commercial acumen should be led by your skill in analysing and then capitalising on opportunities, and finding innovative solutions to achieve the strategic objectives.
  • An understanding and experience of the sport of athletics will be an advantage but not a necessity; however, you must be committed to leading, supporting, and growing an innovative industry that embraces knowledge sharing, professionalism and high standards of customer care and service


The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be responsible for supporting the Board, Athletics Australia and Member Associations in the development of new go-to-market and participation products. This will demand a ‘hands-on’ leader.

  • Board Reporting Skills, Strategic Vision & Leadership
  • Communications, Relationship Building & Public Relations
  • Event Development, Planning and New Business
  • Strengthening Infrastructure & Operations

For more information on the role responsibilities please see the Candidate brief attached to this advertisement


In addition to demonstrating relevant experiences across the core functional areas of responsibility identified in this Position Overview, candidates applying for the Chief Executive Officer role will require a range of personal and professional skills, including:

  • Minimum of 10 years senior management experience, preferably in similar organisations with demonstrable board reporting experience
  • A dynamic and inspiring leader, with a successful track record in business growth, transformation, and management of similar sized organisations.
  • Action-oriented, adaptable and innovative approach to business planning and execution
  • Strong and analytical financial acumen, with an understanding of the not for profit operating context;
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and revenue raising experience with the ability to drive sustainable growth as well as engaging a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
  • Keen analytic, organisational and problem solving skills, which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Excellence in organisational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget;


  • A keen sense of the member as the primary customer, and commitment to providing meaningful, targeted, and relevant services;
  • Ability to think strategically, analyse problems and issues, respond creatively and translate/implement strategy into results;
  • Possess the intellect, cultural competency and flexibility to work effectively in a collaborative, values driven and energetic team;
  • Positively influence, negotiate and resolve conflicts inherent in a high growth environment;
  • Highly goal-oriented with a strong focus on delivery; structured, organised, and focused;
  • Numerate, with attention to detail;
  • Energetic (mentally and physically), enthusiastic and driven;
  • High level of personal and professional integrity


Please send your CV along with a detailed cover letter to SRI that briefly details why you feel you would be suitable for this role and includes details of your current remuneration.

Jonathan Harris

Managing Partner, ANZ


t: +61 (0)2 9006 1160

Diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) is a fundamental priority for SRI. Our philosophy focusses on embedding inclusive behaviours and processes across every element of our business practices, internally and in our work with clients and candidates.

Applicants must have the right to work permanently in Australia. In accordance with Child Protection legislation candidates will be required to provide a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance number for verification by Swimming Australia prior to employment. Selection of the successful candidate will be based upon the results of child protection screening and relevant reference checks.


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