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.


Manager Female Cricket Operations & Membership

Jodie was appointed to the newly-created position of Manager Female Cricket Operations and Membership in October 2015. Jodie has previously held positions with Queensland Cricket, Australian University Sport, Department of Sport & Recreation Queensland and Jetts Fitness Australia.

Jodie captained Australia in 58 international matches between 2009 and 2014 and led Australia to the 2012 Women’s World T20 and 2013 Women’s World Cup titles. She has over 15 years playing experience for the Queensland Fire and Southern Stars and is a current contracted squad member for the Brisbane Heat in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League.

Jodie’s role is to manage, maintain and further develop relationships with current and potential female ACA members. She also advocates on behalf of female players, leads the female membership on various issues, develops new initiatives to improve the services available to female members and continues to drive the ACA’s commitment to growing the game for women and girls.

Jodie has a Bachelor of Science degree, a Diploma of Management and is currently completing her Master of Business Administration.

Meet Jodie here.


Legal Counsel

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 & 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.


Marketing, Communications & Commercial Manager

Ben joined the ACA in December 2015 from theSt 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 and was a Board Member of AFL New Zealand.

Ben is currently completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Monash University.


National 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.


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


Commercial Manager

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.


Membership & Game Development Manager

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 and PR Officier

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.


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.


Project Coordinator

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.


Administration Assistant

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)


State Player Development Managers

Justine Whipper (NSW)
Angie Bain (WA)
Emma Kenward (QLD)
Emma Harris (TAS)
Matthew McGregor (SA)
Ryan Webster (VIC)