29 August 2016
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM today announced Chief Executive Officer Simon Hollingsworth has resigned to take up the role of Deputy Secretary Budget and Finance with the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.
“The Board has thanked Simon for his outstanding contribution to the ASC,” Mr Wylie said. “Simon joined the Commission in September 2011 and has led significant strategic and organisational reform.
“In that time the ASC has released two major strategies in high performance and participation, Australia’s Winning Edge and Play.Sport.Australia. respectively. He helped improve sports governance, restructured its service delivery model and delivered the Government’s new national Sporting Schools program for children. We wish Simon the greatest success in his new role.”
Mr Hollingsworth said: “With the Rio Olympics over and as the ASC focuses on the future, now is the right time to take the next step in my career. When I joined the Commission I said that my two career passions are sport and public policy. It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the ASC for the past five years.
“Now I have an opportunity to pursue different policy challenges in my new position at the Victorian Treasury. I made this decision prior to the Rio Olympics and chose to wait until after its completion to make this announcement to avoid any distraction. Melbourne is home for my family so that was also a very relevant factor.
“I would like to thank the ASC Board for its leadership and support. In particular, I'd like to thank ASC Chair John Wylie who has been a great support to me in this role, and also his predecessor Warwick Smith. I'd also like to thank the sports sector and ASC people for their professionalism and commitment to Australian sport.”
Hollingsworth will remain in his role at the ASC until the end of September. AIS Director Matt Favier will then take over as acting ASC Chief Executive Officer while a formal search is conducted. Deputy AIS Director Dean Kenneally will act as AIS Director.
• Please note, ASC Executive will be available Thursday for a press conference opportunity. Details to come.