Credit Suisse Australia Chief Executive John Knox has been elected Chair of Cricket NSW.
Mr Knox replaces Westfield executive John Warn, who retired from the Chairmanship at the end of Monday’s Ordinary General Meeting but will remain on the Board.
Mr Knox will be supported by recently appointed Deputy Chair, St George District Cricket Club President Kevin Greene.
“I am honoured to have been elected chair of the most successful domestic organisation in world cricket and thank the Cricket NSW Board for its support,” Mr Knox said.
The youngest Chair in the 159-year history of Cricket NSW, Mr Warn leaves the position after five and a half years to dedicate more time to his extended family including his four young children.
Mr Knox thanked Mr Warn for his service.
“John retires as Chair with NSW Cricket in excellent shape. Much of that is due to his outstanding leadership over the past 5 years.
“John took over as Chair in February 2013.
“From Day 1 he drove very significant renewal and growth, working in partnership with all players, staff and Directors and our CEO Andrew Jones.
“This growth has occurred in every area of our operation.
“Our professional teams have won every available title in the past 5 years including a Sheffield Shield, BBL, two JLT Cups, four WNCLs and four WBBL/WT20s.
“Meanwhile NSW has regularly provided over half of Australia’s Test teams, including 8 of the top-ranked male and female players in the world.
"We also led the professionalisation of the Lendlease NSW Breakers in 2016, a landmark moment for cricket and indeed for Australian sport.
“At pathway level we have doubled the opportunities for NSW Metro and ACT-NSW Country cricketers while still winning 85% of the titles available.
“And in community cricket NSW has passed 400,000 participants for the first time.
“Fuelling this growth has been the doubling in crowds for the Sixers and Thunder and a 15 fold increase in sponsorship.
“This has delivered an average of $3 million per year of additional investment in NSW cricket, most of it in community cricket and the high performance pathway, including Premier Cricket.
“We have also contributed to $72 million worth of new cricket facilities since 2013.
“At the same time we have added $15 million to our balance sheet to help fund two very significant developments to accommodate Cricket NSW’s growth.
“John has also overseen significant governance reform which has allowed us to increase the quality and diversity of our Board without compromising our members’ rights to choose their representatives.
“John has done all this through a signature combination of integrity, hard work and respect for all NSW Cricket stakeholders.
“Our Directors are still volunteers and John has given thousands of hours of his time on top of a demanding job and busy family life.
“He deserves our warmest thanks and congratulations for an outstanding contribution to NSW cricket. We wish him every success in the future.
Mr Warn said: “I have been honoured, proud and humbled to be Cricket NSW Chair. I retire as Chair with great confidence in CNSW’s future.”
“The time is right for me to invest time back into my family, and pass the reins to John Knox. There is no doubt the challenge for me of balancing work, cricket and young family has been at times a difficult task, but one that I cherish as I love the game so much – I owe the game everything.
“I make this decision with my family first, everything else second.
“The board and I responsibly had a strong succession plan in place, and I would like to formally thank my fellow board members, Cricket NSW Staff, especially CEO Andrew Jones, and all delegate members for their support.”