Chief Executive Officer, Equestrian Australia
• Lead one of Australia’s most successful and high-profile Olympic Sports
• Drive excellence in risk management and compliance
• Develop pathways that meet all participants’ needs
• Align governance and cultural behaviours throughout all levels of the sport
ABOUT EQUESTRIAN AUSTRALIA
Equestrian Australia (EA) is the peak body for the administration of equestrian sport in Australia. The organisation manages four Olympic / Paralympic sports and four non-Olympic equestrian sports. The key stakeholders of EA are the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), EA Membership, the seven State and Territory State Branches, Sport Australia (SA), Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and Paralympics Australia (PA).
To date, Australian equestrians have won nine Gold, four Silver and eight Bronze medals at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and three Gold, one Silver and seven Bronze at the World Equestrian Games. Our athletes have achieved great victories at peak international Equestrian events and as a result Australia has earned the reputation as an elite equestrian nation.
A big part of this success is the tireless commitment and excellence shown by the sport’s administrators, coaches, officials, volunteers, owners and athletes of all ages performing at all levels, as well as the importance placed on sports leadership and the welfare of horses.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
Following the commencement of initial governance reform, this is a fantastic opportunity for a new CEO to lead EA into an exciting new phase. You be responsible for the effective operation of the organisation, driving a culture of safety and respect, driving governance and organisational reform, ensuring effective management of the reputational, financial and compliance risks of the organisation and delivering the strategic priorities of the EA Board to ensure a sustainable future for the sport.
You will represent the organisation and its values and goals with members, state branches, government and regulatory bodies, other key stakeholders and the broader Equestrian community as well as developing effective relationships with SA, AIS, AOC, PA, FEI, The Dept. of Agriculture, Australian Horse Industry Council and Animal Health Australia.
You will be responsible for ensuring that Equestrian Australia delivers on its key obligations including the continuity of funding and reducing the reliance on funding from the Federal Government by identifying and developing new properties that will promote the sport of Equestrian whilst being attractive to a wider membership base, sponsors and other commercial partners.
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND CAPABILITIES
You will have significant senior management experience including working closely and reporting to a board. You will possess exceptional leadership capabilities and management experience, ability to develop and implement strategic change, organisational change, strong commercial and financial acumen and possess an outstanding ability to build, develop and harness sustainable relationships across diverse stakeholder groups.
The successful candidate will be a resilient, dynamic and engaging individual with political maturity, patience and diplomacy skills. Sports management experience within a large membership-based sport and an empathy for volunteerism in a not-for-profit organisation would be beneficial but certainly not essential.
Global Elite Sports have been contracted by Equestrian Australia exclusively to manage this search assignment.