QLD Cricket Board
CHAIRMAN – Judge Sal Vasta
Sal was elected to the Board at an ordinary meeting on 22 February 2011, filling the position left vacant by Jim Holding following his elevation to the chairmanship. Sal was elected deputy chairman when Bryan Phelan opted to remain a CA Director at the August 2011 AGM. He has been a passionate contributor to the game since joining South Brisbane as a committee member in 2000, becoming secretary in 2002 and president in 2006 through until 2011. He was a QC delegate from 2002 to 2011, and has been a member of the QC Racial and Religious Vilification Committee since 2004, Conducts Committee since 2005, and Grade committee since 2008. He was held in such high regard that he was invited to be part of the QC sub-committee into proposed changes to the Memorandum and Articles of Association, whose far-reaching recommendations were ultimately accepted in early 2011. As a player, Sal spent one year with University of Queensland as a teenager while he was studying there. He has played summer and winter cricket for South Brisbane Grade and Sub-Districts teams since 1998, being part of the club’s 6th Grade premiership team in 2007-08. Sal has been a Crown Prosecutor since 1993 and was appointed as a Judge to the Federal Circuit Court on January 1, 2015.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN – Ian Mitchell
Ian is a passionate cricket fan, with an extensive background as a Non-Executive Director, serving on both Private and Public sectors Boards including; Brisbane Marketing, Western Australia Tourism Commission and Skills Queensland and currently serving as a Director of Tjapukai Pty Ltd a Cairns based Indigenous Tourism Experience.
Previous successful Senior Executive career, most recently as Executive General Manager Marketing for the RACQ Group, CEO of Tourism Queensland and Group General Manager Australia Sales with Qantas Airways Ltd. Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Diploma of Technology (Management) at NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS).
One of Queensland’s finest wicketkeepers, Wade Seccombe was, until recently, the State’s most prolific gloveman. As a player Seccombe was renowned for his tenacity and work ethic. These qualities have carried over into his work for the Queensland Cricket board, which he joined in October 2016 to fill a casual vacancy left by Allan Border. Since hanging up his gloves in 2005, Seccombe has maintained strong links to the game as an international and domestic coach, administrator and contractor. Seccombe holds a Masters of Business (Marketing) and is the Managing Director of sign manufacturing businesses ‘Signs of Safety’ and ‘Sign Connect’.
Tom Frankling was appointed to the Board in November 2011, contributing great energy, enthusiasm and intellect. The Head of Middle School at William Ross State High School in Townsville, Tom has completed his Masters of Education in Leadership in Management. He has been coaching and managing junior teams for more than a decade and been an outstanding cricketer himself over the same period. He managed the North Queensland. Schoolboys team from 2002-2011, coached the Queensland Schoolboys team from 2004-2010 and managed the NQ open age country team for the last 2 seasons. Tom represented Queensland Country at the national championships from 2008 to 2011 and was selected in the Australian Country team in January 2011. Tom and Sean Fitzsimmons hold the record for the biggest fifth wicket partnership in Country Championships history with a stand of 280 in 2010.
Barry has been the driving force behind cricket in Mackay for more than three decades. He is a foundation member of the Northern Suburbs CC in Mackay, where he spent 1976 to 1995 as either president or vice-president. Barry spent two years as Mackay Junior Cricket president before stepping into the presidency of Mackay Cricket from 1986 until his QC election in August 2011. He has been chairman of the Harrup Park Country Club since 1998. The North Queensland Cricket president from 2004 and Queensland Country vice-president for the same period, he is a Life Member of Norths Mackay, Mackay Cricket, North Queensland Cricket and Queensland Country Cricket. One of his finest achievements was been overseeing the development of Harrup Park from a dance hall into a 200 poker machine facility with outstanding sporting fields. Barry was a well-respected member of the local business community having spent 31 years with Mackay Sugar Limited, the last 10 in senior management, before running a motel in Airlie Beach. He is also Director of Clubs Queensland.
Kerren initially spent five years on the Board after first being elected in 2002-03. He stepped aside for 12 months but was re-elected as soon as he put his name forward again in August 2010. Kerren enjoyed a lengthy involvement with junior cricket at the grass roots level. In addition to coaching, he was President of Gympie Junior Cricket (1991-96) and Wide Bay Junior Cricket (1997-2002) and was awarded Life Membership of both bodies. Kerren was President of Queensland Junior Cricket from 1999 to 2007. He was also on the management committee of the Gympie Cricket Association from 1998- to 2000. The managing director of heavy machinery manufacturers J Smith and Sons since 1993, he is also a Director of the Cooloola Regional Development Board.
Mark is a company director with over 40 years’ experience in leadership roles in both the private and public sectors. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Treasury, the Queensland Competition Authority and the Queensland Independent Commission of Audit, and he has also held senior executive roles with Macquarie Group and BDO. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section), a Member of the Griffith University Council and a Member of the Brisbane Boys’ College School Council. Mark holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland, where he is also an Adjunct Professor in Economics. He was awarded a Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal for services to Banking and Finance in 2003.
Fiona is a dual Olympian, representing Australia in basketball (1996) and team handball (2000). She has a background as a senior executive in the not-for-profit sector. Her expertise is focused on marketing and corporate relations, as well as education, mentoring and business leadership. She was a Non-Executive Director of Football Queensland and a former Chief Executive Officer Womensport Queensland. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Education, Special Education/Arts) from Edith Cowan University, Perth Australia.
Brisbane-based consultant John Salter joined as a Director in March 2017, filling the vacancy caused by the resignation of former Chairman Jim Holding in February 2017. Mr Salter, who is a director of BT Accord specialising in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, has a long-standing involvement in sport in Brisbane. He played halfback for the Queensland Rugby League team during the late 1970s when he was a member of the Souths Magpies club under the coaching of a young Wayne Bennett. He played first grade cricket in Brisbane for Eastern Suburbs and was subsequently made a Life Member of the Redlands Cricket Club. Professionally, he is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and has worked in Government , the NFP sector, Employer Associations and large corporations.