Staff

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:

ALISTAIR NICHOLSON

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).

BRENDAN DREW

General Manager Cricket Operations & Player Relations
bdrew@auscricket.com.au

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.

BEN DAVIES

General Manager - Marketing, Communications & Commercial
bdavies@auscricket.com.au

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.

CLEA SMITH

General Manager - Member Programs
csmith@auscricket.com.au

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.

JUSTINE WHIPPER

National Manager - Player Development & Wellbeing
jwhipper@auscricket.com.au

Justine joined the ACA in 2013 as Player Development Manager at Cricket NSW, before commencing as National Manager - Player Development and Wellbeing in July 2018.

She is responsible for the national direction and management of the Player Development and Wellbeing Program. This program provides career, education and wellbeing services to contracted male and female players in each state through their Player Development Managers.

Justine came to Cricket from the NSW Institute of Sport where she led the Athlete Career and Education department and working directly with Olympic sports such as football, cycling, athletics, water polo, diving and swimming. She has a Masters in Career Development and Graduate Diploma in Sport Management.

KELLY APPLEBEE

Manager - Cricket Operations & Player Relations
kapplebee@auscricket.com.au

Kelly Joined the ACA in August 2018 from the AFLPA where she worked within the diversity area and played a role in the establishment of AFLW competitions.

Kelly represented Victoria for 15 years and played in the first WBBL season with the Melbourne Stars before retiring from all formats.

Her role is to work in cricket operations matters by supporting current players.

MEGAN PAUWELS

Membership & Events Manager
mpauwels@auscricket.com.au

Megan commenced working at the Australian Cricketers’ Association in August of 2018.

She played for Victorian over 10-year period, and has since been involved in cricket as a coach and administrator. 

Her responsibilities with the ACA include overseeing the Membership Drive, Member Benefits, Member Functions, Masters Tours, Health Fair Days, Personal Development Grants and Past Player Game Development Program and Visitor Period.

Megan completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University in Sports Management and Marketing, after which she worked for the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association (now Cricket Victoria) and later at the Professional Golfers’ Association of Australia. 

JOHN HOGAN

Finance Manager
jhogan@auscricket.com.au

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 CONNELLAN

General Counsel
jconnellan@auscricket.com.au

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.

 

TIM CRUICKSHANK

General Manager - The Cricketers' brand
tcruickshank@auscricket.com.au

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

GABRIELLE BORTOLI

Office Manager/Executive Assistant
gbortoli@auscricket.com.au

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.

CARLA DZIWOKI

Player Transition Manager
cdziwoki@auscricket.com.au

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.

KYLIE CROWLEY

Manager Programs & Wellbeing
kcrowley@auscricket.com.au

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.

KIRSTY LAMB

Membership & Events Administrator
klamb@ausricket.com.au

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.

SEAN ELLICOTT

Digital Communications Officer
sellicott@auscricket.com.au

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 McKENNA

Communications &  Cricket Operations officer
lmckenna@auscricket.com.au

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. 

MOLLY STRANO

VIC State Coordinator - Past Player Game &  Personal Development Program
PastPlayerProgram@auscricket.com.au

Molly was appointed as the Victorian State Coordinator of the Past Player Game and Personal Development Program in March 2016.

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

Riana Hore (NSW)

rhore@auscricket.com.au 

Greg Matthews (NSW)
pastplayerprogram@auscricket.com.au

Josh Mangan (WA)
jmangan@auscricket.com.au

Lee Carseldine (QLD)
lcarseldine@auscricket.com.au

Nick Courtney (TAS)
ncourtney@auscricket.com.au

Wayne Phillips (SA)
pastplayerprogram@auscricket.com.au

Molly Strano (VIC & NT)
pastplayerprogram@auscricket.com.au

 

State Player Development Managers

Christine Higgisson (ACT)

Anikia Lalic (NSW Female)

Emma Kenward (QLD)

Emma Waites (SA)

Billymo Rist (TAS Male)

Emma Doherty (TAS Female)

Jess Bustin (VIC Female)

Ryan Webster (VIC Male)

Tarryn Dickerson (WA Female)

Holly Noack (WA Male)