Ex-NRL boss makes cricket move

Former NRL and Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop has made a move in to cricket.

In a move which could rule him out of taking on the CEO role at Cricket Australia, currently being filled by interim chief Nick Hockley, Gallop has joined the Cricket NSW board.

Gallop, widely regarded as one of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced sport administrators, fills the void left on the board following the departure of former NSW Premier Mike Baird who will join the Cricket Australia board in March as the nominee from CNSW.

The experienced sporting administrator has a deep connection to cricket.

His late father, John, was a player and later President of ACT Cricket for 20 years.

Gallop played first grade cricket at UNSWCC for over 10 years from 1985-1997, and his son, Tom, currently plays at Easts in the Sydney Premier Cricket competition.

Gallop, who has also held multiple roles within the Australian Sports Commission (now Sport Australia) and had his contribution to Australian sport acknowledged in 2016 with a Member of the Order of Australia gong, said he had plenty to give to cricket in the state.

“I love cricket and I am delighted to join the board of Cricket NSW,” Gallop said.

“My professional career in sport has meant that cricket has taken a back seat for a couple of decades, but I am keen to take an active role in the sport that has given me so much joy and so many friendships.

“No doubt some of the challenges will be familiar to me. High performance success for the state’s elite men’s and women’s teams is critical but just as important is the continued support of community cricket. I want young boys and girls to continue to fall in love with the game.

“There are always many mouths to feed and finding the balance is the key.

“Importantly, I am a big believer in the need to recognise volunteerism and I look forward to getting to know, or in some cases, reconnecting with the people at the coal face of the sport.

“My thanks go to the current Board and the delegates for their support in giving me this opportunity to contribute.”

CNSW Chairman John Knox said securing the services of Gallop was a significant move for the organisation.

“I am extremely pleased that David has accepted his appointment to the Cricket NSW Board,” Knox said.

“Having someone of the calibre of David Gallop, with his wealth of CEO experience at leading sporting businesses, is a huge win for cricket in this state.

“I have seen first-hand David’s passion for cricket and I have no doubt we will benefit from having him alongside us.

“I am looking forward to working with him as we continue to inspire people to love and play cricket.”


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