Lachlan Henderson elected new chairman of Cricket Australia
Dr. Lachlan Henderson was elected as the new chair of Cricket Australia’s (CA) board of directors on Thursday.
Dr Henderson’s first priorities will be to ensure cricket’s long-term financial viability, increased participation, particularly among girls and women, improved consultation with state and territory chairs and all stakeholders, and continuing to drive high standards of behaviour across the game.
In an official release, Dr Henderson said:
“I would like to thank Richard, the other CA directors and the state chairs and boards for their support. It is a privilege and honour to be elected chair and serve our national sport.”
“I’m really excited by the opportunities ahead. The CA board is relatively new, with seven of the nine members having been on the board for less than three and a half years, and the imminent appointment of a new independent director will bring further fresh ideas and perspectives to the board,” he added.
The selection made after a thorough process that included a top recruitment firm. And a variety of internal and external candidates.
It included meetings with the boards of all state and territory cricket associations, who asked to provide comments on qualified applicants as well as their thoughts on the role’s qualifications. The CA board unanimously elected Dr Henderson as chair after conducting interviews with a shortlist of contenders.
Dr. Henderson has substantial cricket experience, having played in WA state youth teams and first grade in Perth. As well as chairing the Western Australian Cricket Association and serving on the CA board of directors for the previous three years.
Dr Henderson was a key figure in the formulation of plans to boost the game’s growth. Including the development of Perth Stadium and the WACA Ground Improvement Project, during his stint with WA Cricket.
With immediate effect, Richard Freudenstein will step down as interim chair. Mr Freudenstein, who has been as interim chair since October of last year. He will continue to serve as a director on the CA board.
The Cricket Australia nominations committee (made up of representatives from the CA board and state chairmen) will begin the hunt for a new independent director. As part of the current board renewal process.