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:

PAUL MARSH
Chief Executive Officer

Paul joined the Australian Cricketers’ Association as Manager, Member Services and Operations in October 2001. Prior to joining the ACA, Paul was the Sales and Marketing Manager with the Port Adelaide Football Club for over four years where he was responsible for managing the sponsorship, special events and merchandise departments.

His role at the ACA has involved successful negotiations of the 2005-2009 and 2009-2011 Memorandums of Understanding with Cricket Australia, development of the ACA’s first Strategic Plan and the expansion of the ACA's commercial and Career and Welfare programs.

Paul commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the ACA in July 2005 and coming from a family with a fine Australian cricket pedigree, he possesses invaluable insight into the life of cricketers and the pressures they face.

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University and a Masters of Business Administration through Southern Cross University.


GRAHAM MANOU
Manager of Cricket Operations & Membership

gmanou@auscricket.com.au

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.


BEN SMITH
National Player Development and Wellbeing Manager

bsmith@auscricket.com.au

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.


SARAH MITCHELL
Manager Events & Commercial Services

smitchell@auscricket.com.au

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
Communications Manager

ebowen@auscricket.com.au

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.


MICHAEL ABRAHAMS
Legal Counsel

mabrahams@auscricket.com.au

Michael Abrahams has been the ACA's Legal Counsel since January 2009.

Michael's role is to represent and advise the ACA in all legal aspects of its operations, including negotiation of agreements, advice on ACA and player rights and obligations and resolution of player issues and disputes.

Prior to joining the ACA, Michael worked as an in-house lawyer in the wind energy and information technology sectors and as a private practice lawyer in a major law firm.

Michael is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and of the High Court of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne.


CLEA SMITH
National Manager ACA Past Player Game and Personal Development Program

csmith@auscricket.com.au
Clea joined the ACA in October 2013.

Clea comes to the ACA after 15 years in the sport, health and government sectors. She also enjoyed a 10 year career with the Australian Southern Stars and 15 years with VicSpirit.

Her 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.

Clea has Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport Coaching and Administration) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma of Management from Australian Institute of Management.


TIM CRUICKSHANK
Commercial Manager

tcruickshank@auscricket.com.au

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.


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, maintenance of the ACA website, payroll and assistant to Paul Marsh.


LIAM COVENTRY-POOLE
Digital Communications Coordinator

lcoventry-poole@auscricket.com.au

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 DUVER
Administration Assistant

admin@auscricket.com.au

Lauren joined the ACA in June 2013

Lauren’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.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Ballarat

 
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