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).
Manager of Cricket Operations & Membership
Graham joined the Australian Cricketers' Association in February 2013.
Graham comes to the ACA with a strong playing background, having represented Australia in Test and ODI cricket, as well as having a 15-year career with South Australia and the Melbourne Renegades.
He has work experience across several industries, as well as being a qualified cricket coach.
Tim Lythe started with the ACA in November 2014.
Tim's role is to manage ACA legal matters including statutory and constitutional compliance, contract drafting and review, taxation issues, industrial relations matters and ad hoc member queries. Tim is particularly engaged in providing advice in regards to the MOU, player contracts and various Codes and Policies, as well as assisting in the management and administration of the Player Agent Accreditation Scheme.
Tim came to the ACA from player associations in New Zealand, where he was General Manager of the New Zealand Netball Players' Association as well as providing legal and management services across the cricket, rugby and hockey player associations. Prior to that he worked at Minter Ellison Lawyers in Auckland in Employment and Industrial Relations. Tim has also played first class cricket in New Zealand.
Tim has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Auckland and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2006.
National Player Development and Wellbeing Manager
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.
Manager Events & Commercial Services
Sarah joined the Australian Cricketers' Association in February 2006 where she was appointed to the newly created position of Manager, Commercial and Agency Operations. Prior to commencing her employment at the ACA she spent five years at the AFL Players' Association.
Sarah is now the ACA's Manager of Events and Commercial Services and is responsible for managing the ACA's portfolio of events, servicing the ACA's sponsors and managing the player licensing program at the ACA.
Sarah has a Bachelor of Commerce which she obtained from Deakin University.
Eivion Bowen joined the ACA in July 2010 from Cricket Victoria where he was the Communications & PR Manager from 2005.
He has significant experience across the communications area and in the business of cricket. He also has a strong playing background in both cricket and football and has a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) from RMIT University.
National Manager ACA Past Player Game and Personal Development Program
Kristen joined the ACA in December of 2014.
Professional/playing career history - Member of the VicSpirit since 2007
Kristen's role at the ACA involves managing the Past Player Game and 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.
Completing a Bachelor of Physical Activity Studies with the University of Tasmania
Tim joined the ACA team late in 2013, in a newly created role
A former player, Tim represented the New South Wales Blues from 2010-14 and the Sydney Thunder during the 2011-12 season.
Tim has an impressive professional career already under his belt, having worked as the National Sales Manager at KD Furniture, the NSW Vodafone state supervisor and the State Sales Manager with Ferrero Australia.
Tim is responsible for creating new commercial relationships between the ACA and potential partners.
Project Manager - State of the Game
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.
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, maintenance of the ACA website, payroll and assistant to Paul Marsh.
Digital Communications Coordinator
Liam Coventry-Poole has been with the ACA since March 2012.
Liam's role is to manage and produce digital content at the ACA, including videos and photos, while managing its social media platforms and website.
Liam came to the ACA from Melbourne Victory FC, where he worked as a Media and Communications intern for four months.
Liam has Bachelor degrees in Sport and Recreation Management and Business, with an Events major.
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.
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)