06 July 2018

Long-serving Trust CEO Jamie Barkley to leave

JAMIE Barkley will join the Australian Turf Club as Chief Executive Officer in October. Mr Barkley has been the CEO of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust since February 2001.

SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd paid tribute to Mr Barkley’s 17 years of service to the Trust as CEO.

“Jamie is an outstanding executive with a deep connection to and understanding of the sports that drive our city,” Mr Shepherd said.

“When the Trust CEO role became vacant in 2001, we looked all over the world for the right replacement.

“Jamie, who had been the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer since 1999, proved to be the only person for the job.

“That he has had the past 17 years in charge of the SCG Trust in the rough and tumble world of Sydney sport is testament to what an honest and professional executive he is – respected and liked by all.

“Without doubt, Jamie is a world class sporting administrator. He leaves the Trust in great shape and our loss is the ATC’s gain.

“His contribution to the SCG precinct is immense, from securing huge infrastructure investments, to vastly improving the match day experience of our patrons as well as establishing some of the biggest annual events on the Australian sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the SCG Trust, we thank Jamie for his contribution and wish him all the best at the ATC. We must also thank Jamie’s wife Selena and boys Rory and Sam for allowing him to give so much of his time to the SCG Trust.”

Mr Barkley was appointed CEO of the Trust in February 2001 after two years as the Chief Operating Officer.

“It has been a privilege and an honour to work for the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust,” Mr Barkley said.

“The Trust has played an enormous part in my life and that of my family. I am forever grateful to the Trust for giving me the opportunity to lead one of the world’s great sporting venues in the SCG.

“I have been very fortunate to work with highly skilled Trustees and with a very talented executive team.

“I also must pay tribute to the staff broadly, who all work together on the goal of delivering great sporting event experiences for the many millions of people who visit our grounds.

“This is an exciting time for the Trust, with the redevelopment of Allianz Stadium set to start later this year.

“The executive has a strong and stable platform to lead the Trust and deliver on the future master plan for the SCG precinct, including the Allianz Stadium redevelopment, which will secure the future of all sports at our venues for decades to come.

“There have been many highlights and achievements over the years, from cricket Tests to Major League Baseball, Anzac Day Roosters and Dragons rugby league, Wallabies Tests, A-League and BBL grand finals and Sydney Swans and NSW Waratahs blockbusters.”

During his time at the Trust, Mr Barkley has overseen construction of the Victor Trumper and MA Noble/Don Bradman/Dally Messenger stands at the SCG, as well as being closely involved in helping develop the NSW Government’s stadia strategy.

Mr Barkley also played key roles in starting some of Australia’s most well-known sporting events, including Jane McGrath Day on day three of the Sydney Test and the NRL’s Anzac Day Cup match between the Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Beyond that, Mr Barkley has overseen some of the largest domestic and international sporting events Sydney has seen, including:

  • The 2014 Major League Baseball Opening Series
  • Sydney’s largest annual sporting event - the SCG’s New Year’s Test
  • Signing a 30-year contract for the Sydney Swans to play all home games and finals matches at the SCG
  • Rugby World Cup matches and Wallabies internationals
  • A-League grand finals
  • The 2000 Sydney Olympics
  • Staging some of the biggest entertainment events seen in Sydney, including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and concerts by major international artists, including Coldplay, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran
  • The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

About The Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust

The SCG Trust is responsible for managing two of Australia’s most celebrated sporting venues, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium.

In addition to the two grounds, there is a central sports precinct of international standing that includes the headquarters of several major sporting franchises and codes, as well as a fitness centre, club facilities and sports museum.

Visit www.sydneycricketground.com.au to learn more or follow our Twitter accounts @scg and @AllianzStadium

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