QC Chairman Judge Sal Vasta announced he will stand down from the role of Chair, with Chris Simpson appointed by the Board as his replacement.

Mr. Simpson, a former Queensland Bulls captain and veteran of 51 first-class, 57 one-day and 24 T20 matches for Queensland, joined the QC Board in 2017 having retired from cricket in 2011. He is currently Managing Director of Cultivate Agri Partnerships and holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

Deputy Chair Ian Mitchell also stepped down from his role, though will remain on the Board as an Appointed Director until a replacement is found. Mr. Mitchell will continue his involvement at Queensland Cricket as Company Secretary.

QC Director and former Queensland and Australian fast-bowler Kirsten Pike has been appointed Deputy Chair. Ms. Pike, a veteran of 37 games for Australia across all three formats and a member of the victorious 2014 Queensland Fire WT20 team, joined the Board in 2017 and is a partner in the real estate team at Dentons Australia.

The appointments of Mr. Simpson and Ms. Pike as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board will be effective from July 1, 2019.

IMAGE: Kirsten Pike in action for the Queensland Fire

With the Queensland Cricket Board composed of six Elected and three Appointed Directors, three roles are to be filled following the appointment of Terry Svenson as Acting Chief Executive Officer earlier this month.

The two Appointed positions are to be filled by recommendation from QC’s Nominations Committee, while the Elected Board role will be voted on by members at September’s Annual General Meeting. With Mr. Vasta stepping down as an Elected Director on June 30, his role will be temporarily filled until the AGM by a casual vacancy to be recommended by the Nominations Committee.

Having stood as QC’s Chairman since 2017 and Deputy Chair from 2011-2017, Mr. Vasta said the time was right for him to step aside.

“Queensland Cricket is in an exciting phase of growth and success, which is credit to the hard work and dedication of our employees and volunteers across the state. I am pleased to leave the role as Chair at the right time with our game in a positive position and a bright future ahead.

“The role as QC Chairman is one of great privilege, and I thank my fellow board members, our life members, delegates, clubs, sponsors, government and the entire cricket family for their support and passion during the past two years.”

Mr. Simpson thanked Mr. Vasta for his leadership and dedication to cricket in Queensland during his time as QC Chairman.

“Sal has led cricket in Queensland with distinction during his tenure and we thank him for his contribution as Chairman. Under Sal’s leadership the current QC strategy was established with a purpose to deliver outstanding life experiences for Queensland communities anywhere, anytime. The foundations for this vision are set and Queensland Cricket is now able to continue delivering our strategy.

“On a personal level, I’m excited by the opportunity that has been presented and am looking forward to serving our sport as Queensland Cricket’s new Chairman.”