The day to day activities of the ACA include:
- working with Cricket Australia towards the betterment of the game of cricket;
- protecting and improving the rights of past and present cricketers;
- managing issues on behalf of players;
- providing career and wellbeing opportunities for past and present cricketers;
- providing social opportunities for past and present cricketers;
- pursuing initiatives that will benefit the membership; and
- developing commercial programs to help resource the ACA.
Contact details of ACA staff members are as follows:
Chief Executive Officer
As a professional sportsman Nicholson played 110 Australian Football League (AFL) games for the Melbourne Football Club from 1997 to 2006, including the 2000 Grand Final.
During his time as a player Nicholson sat on the AFL Players' Association Executive, becoming involved in the Collective Bargaining negotiations and education program development.
Following his football career he has worked most recently at consultancy company Gemba Group as Head of Strategy, where he has developed an extensive understanding of the business of sport through working with the major codes in Australia across a broad range of strategic planning, commercialisation and participation issues.
Alistair possesses a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne) and a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University).
General Manager Cricket Operations & Membership
Brendan Joined the ACA in April 2015
His role is to manage ACA State of the Game projects delivering initiatives and programs that benefit ACA members and grow the game in general.
Brendan enjoyed a seven-year career with Tasmania from 2005-12, which saw him represent Australia A in 2010 as well as BBL seasons with the Adelaide Strikers and the Melbourne Renegades
He has gathered experience in a number of settings and stays active in the game through playing and coaching roles in Premier Cricket and School competitions.
Brendan has completed a Bachelor of Human Movement Sports Science and a Graduate Certificate in Management and currently completing a Masters in Business Administration from CQ University.
Manager Cricket Operations & Membership
Kath joined the ACA in February 2018.
Kath played for the NSW Breakers and Middlesex CC from 2009 - 2012 until injury forced her in to early retirement.
Kath spent six years as the Operations Manager at Cricket NSW before joining the ACA, as well as founding and establishing non-for-profit organisation The KindnessFactory in 2015.
Kath has completed a Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science (human movement) and is a qualified personal trainer with a diploma in fitness and sports coaching.
General Manager Professional Development & Wellbeing
Ben was appointed to the position of National Manager Player Development and Wellbeing in September 2005. Prior to this, Ben spent four years as the Human Resource Manager for Resolve FM where he was responsible for general HR duties for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
His role at the Australian Cricketers' Association involves working with State Associations and Cricket Australia to deliver career and welfare services to past and present players along with developing new initiatives to service the needs of the ACA's membership base. Since commencing with the ACA, Ben has commenced implementing a number of new programs that will benefit past and present players.
Ben completed a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) from Monash University in 1993.
General Manager - Marketing, Communications & Commercial
Ben joined the ACA in December 2015 from the St Kilda Football Club where he was the Strategic Projects Manager.
Ben previously worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria, was a Senior Account Manager at Salmat Targeted Media, and was a Board Member of AFL New Zealand.
His role at the ACA includes the management of all internal and external communication, as well as media management and commercial oversight.
Ben has completed his MBA at Monash University, and holds a Bachelor in Business (Mkt) and Diploma in Sports Administration.
General Manager - Past Player Game & Personal Development Program
Clea joined the ACA in October of 2013.
Clea is responsible for managing the Past Player Game & Personal Development Program. This Program provides paid appearance opportunities for ACA members to coach, mentor and inspire the next generation of cricketers and coaches. It also provides post-cricket support to members in the areas of health, wellbeing, education and career development.
Clea represented the Southern Stars and the VicSpirit during a coveted 15-year professional career.
Her formal qualifications include a Post Graduate Diploma of Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Sport Coaching and Administration.
John began working on a part time basis at the ACA in August 2016
John will be responsible for improving ACA financial systems & processes, providing financial analysis & strategic advice for the 2016/17 MOU negotiations and reviewing the current ACA retirement scheme with the view of enhancing its capabilities.
John comes to the ACA from the AFL Players’ Association where he enjoyed a 15 year career as the General Manager of Finance & Administration, seeing significant growth in the PA over that period and also being involved in five Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA).
Prior to the AFLPA John was with the Seven Network for 18 years, working his way up from a General Accountant to the Chief Financial Officer for HSV-7 Melbourne, which included a five year stint at BTQ-7 in Brisbane.
John has been a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) for over 40 years, has a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting), and a Post Graduate in Media Management from Macquarie University NSW.
Joe joined the ACA July 2016.
Joe has brought with him a broad experience gained as a GC at the Grocon Group and before that at Virgin Mobile Asia based in Singapore.
Joe has also been a Partner at Ashurst based in Singapore and a Barrister specialising in commercial law.
Joe has a Master or Laws and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monash University.
Operations (National) & VIC Coordinator, Game Development Program
Kristen joined the ACA in December of 2014.
Kristen has been a member of the VicSpirit since 2007 and recently made her debut for the Southern Stars.
Kristen's role at the ACA involves helping Clea Smith manage the Past Player Game and Personal Development Program.
Completing a Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies with the University of Tasmania.
General Manager - The Cricketers' brand
Tim joined the ACA team late in 2013, in a newly created role as commercial manager. Since then Tim has grown the commercial business and in 2017 was appointed general manager of The Cricketers’ Brand, an arm of the business developed to manage the intellectual property of the players and leverage commercial outcomes.
A former player, Tim represented the New South Wales Blues from 2010-14 and the Sydney Thunder during the 2011-12 season.
Tim is responsible for creating new commercial relationships between the ACA and potential partners. He also manages the agent accreditation scheme and is the ACA’s point of contact for approving marketing campaigns and licensed products on behalf of ACA members
Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Gabrielle commenced at the Australian Cricketers' Association in February 2009.
Her vast experience in the administration and accounting fields add to the value and breadth of knowledge of the ACA team.
Her responsibilities at the ACA include coordination of the ACA office and its finances, payroll and assistant to CEO Alistair Nicholson.
Kirsty joined the ACA team in late January 2017
Kirsty’s main role is administration within the office however she supports in memberships drive and event management.
Kirsty has completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sports Science) and currently completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Digital Communications Officer
Sean joined the ACA in December 2017.
Sean's role is to manage and produce digital content at the ACA, including videos and photos, while managing its social media platforms and website.
He came to the ACA after working with Football Federation Victoria as its Multimedia Coordinator.
Sean has a Bachelor of Sport Journalism degree from La Trobe university
Lachlan joined the ACA in July 2016, after freelancing in the media industry for two years.
A top order batsman at Carlton Cricket Club in Premier Cricket, Lachlan covered the 2015 Cricket World Cup, 2015 Asian Cup Football and the 2015 International Champions Cup as a video journalist.
Lachlan has a Bachelor of Sport Journalism from LaTrobe University.
Player Transition & Partner Liaison Manager
Just prior to joining the ACA in November of 2015, Carla temporarily worked as the NSW PDM while Justine Whipper took five months paternity leave.
A former Professional Netball player with the Melbourne Vixens and the NSW Swifts, Carla has also worked with the likes of QBE, Pacific Brand and Nova FM in Marketing, Events and Sponsorship.
Lauren joined the ACA in June of 2013.
Lauren’s role is to coordinate services that support the Health and Professional Development programs offered by the ACA. These programs include health fair days, education and training grants and game and personal development services.
Lauren also assists with ACA member functions and the Player Agent Accreditation Scheme.
Lauren has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Ballarat.
Kylie joined the ACA in September 2014.
Kylie's role is to support the Manager of Cricket Operations & Membership, the Manager of Events and Commercial Services, the Legal Counsel and the National Player Development and Wellbeing Manager.
Kylie joins the ACA from the Bourke St Virgin Active Health Club, where she was the Administrator.
Kylie has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic.
VIC and NSW State Coordinator - Past Player Game & Personal Development Program
Molly has a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management from Victoria University.
She is also a current VicSpirit and Melbourne Renegade squad member.
Past Player Game and Personal Development Program State Managers
Greg Matthews (NSW)
Josh Mangan (WA)
Lee Carseldine (QLD)
Nick Courtney (TAS)
Wayne Phillips (SA)
Kristen Beams (VIC & NT)
State Player Development Managers
Justine Whipper (NSW)
Christine Higgisson (ACT)
Tarryn Dickerson (WA Female)
Holly Noack (WA Male)
Emma Kenward (QLD)
Billymo Rist (TAS)
Matthew McGregor (SA)
Ryan Webster (VIC)