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Chief Executive Officer

Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (AOSMA) is the organisation responsible for the management of the redeveloped Adelaide Oval precinct and is a joint venture between the South Australian National Football League and the South Australian Cricket Association.

The Oval is a world-class, multi-purpose 53-thousand seat stadium. It is Adelaide’s number one tourism destination attracting over 1.8 million visitors each year and is a significant contributor to the State’s tourism assets with the award-winning Roof Climb and Stadium tours as well as the new Oval Hotel.

AOSMA has a turnover of c.$100m (in a non-COVID year) and employs over 200 FT and over 1500 casual staff. It provides over $300m+ every year in economic stimulus to South Australia.. As well as managing a busy function and event business at Adelaide Oval, AOSMA also oversees a number of additional venues including Ukaria Cultural Centre, Monarto Safari Park, Koffee Ink, (A)Lure and the Malt Shovel Taphouse.

Since its redevelopment in 2014, AOSMA has increased revenues for SANFL and SACA – thereby improving their ability to grow cricket and football from grassroots through to the elite level – while also realising significant benefits to both the Adelaide Football Club and the Port Adelaide Football Club.

The redevelopment of Adelaide Oval has been an outstanding success for South Australia. The State has a multi-purpose venue that is positioning Adelaide and the State as an international and national destination for major events and concerts. There is also the less tangible benefit such as the sense of State pride in having an internationally admired, awarded and vibrant asset as the very beating heart of the city.

Chief Executive Officer

Reporting into the AOSMA Board Chairman, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be responsible for managing and driving forward all AOSMA strategies & operations and creating new commercial opportunities.

Key to the success of the CEO is leading the AOSMA executive team; managing board and stakeholder relationships; establishing and monitoring budgets; driving non-event day revenue through international and national entertainment events; attracting major functions and conferences and managing offsite hospitality ventures; hotels and tourism experiences.

The CEO will be an innovative and strategic thinker and possess exceptional leadership and team building skills. This position will require a person of unquestioned integrity, clearly capable of collaborating across a high-profile multi-stakeholder environment.

With Board reporting for the AOSMA Board, the Commercial Operations Board and the Oval Hotel Board, stakeholders include:

  • Adelaide Crows FC & Port Adelaide FC
  • Cricket Australia and the Big Bash Leagues
  • Australian Football League & AFLW
  • State Government, the City of Adelaide & Civic Leaders
  • Entertainment Partners, Promoters and Venue Hirers
  • SA Tourism and Events SA
  • Media
  • Police, SA Health

The CEO of AOSMA is a highly public role in South Australia demanding exceptional communication skills, public relations, and media skills.


The CEO will Oversee the strategy for AOSMA and its overall business objectives. They will work closely with AOSMA Board and provide leadership ensuring goal setting alignment between the stakeholders.

They must cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the SACA, SANFL and SA Government and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, operational and commercial outcomes against agreed milestones and goals. Ultimate responsibilities include:

  • Board Reporting
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Events & Operations
  • Commercial
  • Communications
  • Customer
  • Integrity & Accountability

For more information on the responsibilities please see the detail Candidate Brief attached.

How to Apply

How to Apply Please send your CV along with a detailed cover letter to SRI, before the 17th of December, that briefly details why you feel you would be suitable for this role and includes details of your current remuneration.

JONATHAN HARRIS Partner jharris@sriexecutive.com +61 413 939 993

JOSIE LAHEY Partner jlahey@sriexecutive.com +61 478 803 255

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About SRI

SRI is a global executive search and consulting firm, servicing the rapidly converging industries of sport, media and entertainment.

We work as one partner-led team with staff based in key global markets across 11 offices on four continents. We offer dedicated and specific sector, function and region expertise. Our services include executive search, board assessment, succession planning, salary benchmarking, advising clients on their internal and external hiring strategy, new market entry and multi-vacancy projects.


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