Andrew Ingleton, a senior executive at Cricket Australia (CA), will make the short stroll down Jolimont Street to become the new chief executive of Cricket Victoria (CV), replacing Tony Dodemaide, after the former Test bowler spent a decade in the role.
Dodemaide announced his resignation at the start of August, following a difficult period of infighting among Victorian Premier clubs over mooted changes to the state association’s constitution, with his own club Footscray among Cricket Victoria’s most vocal opponents.
Ingleton, meanwhile, has been CA’s executive general manager of game and market development for five years, and will arrive at CV well-placed to oversee the state’s drive to build its playing talent base in sharp competition with Australian rules football, while also managing the move to the long-awaited AU $40 million cricket centre at St Kilda’s Junction Oval.
“After a thorough and extensive process, we are delighted to have secured Andrew as the organisation’s next CEO. He brings a wealth of consumer and commercial expertise to our business,” CV’s chairman Russell Thomas said of Ingleton, who before CA had worked as an executive with Dulux and also for Orica Mining in Latin America.
“In addition to being a proven business leader in both the sporting and commercial sectors, Andrew has an excellent strategic understanding of the challenges ahead of us from his time with Cricket Australia. We are confident Andrew is the right person to lead us through the next phase of our strategic plan and our settling into the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre in St Kilda.”
Ahead of his commencement in March 2018, Ingleton said that building bridges with the wider Victorian cricket community would be a key part of his job. “This is a tremendous opportunity at a key point in Cricket Victoria’s history,” he said. “I look forward to building relationships with our local community at our exciting new headquarters and with the broader Victorian cricket community in general.
“Cricket Victoria has a crucial role to play at every level of our game – from building our grassroots facilities, clubs and participation through to successful Big Bash franchises and producing more Australian cricketers. I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated Cricket Victoria team to deliver on our objectives in the years ahead.”
The move to CV means Ingleton joins individuals like Mike McKenna and Kate Banozic in recent departures from CA’s executive team.