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Kate Palmer appointed CEO of the Australian Sports Commission

13 December 2016

The Chair of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) John Wylie AM today announced the appointment of Kate Palmer as its new Chief Executive Officer.

John Wylie said: “The ASC CEO is the pre-eminent leadership role in Australian sport. It offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of sport in Australia at the elite international and grassroots levels and have real impact on sporting outcomes for all Australians.

“This is an important time in Australian sport and the ASC Board has no doubt that Kate is the right person to lead our mission, which is to ensure Australia remains a sporting and healthy nation that can both achieve success at the highest levels of international sport and thrive in our community participation.

“Kate has done an exceptional job over the past decade in her role as CEO of Netball Australia, leading the largest female participation sport in Australia and tripling revenue in the past seven years.

“She has created high performing organisations which have excelled in high performance and growing community participation, with good governance and people management. She has a successful track record of leading transformative organisational change.” 

The Minister for Sport, Sussan Ley MP, congratulated Ms Palmer on her appointment, saying it sent a clear signal about women leaders in sport and the Government’s commitment to develop women’s leadership potential as coaches, officials and administrators.

“This is the first female appointment to the role in the ASC’s 31 years of operation, which is a significant personal achievement and milestone for Australian sport. Ms Palmer has an exceptional track record and is well placed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future of sport in Australia.”

Ms Palmer said: “This is my dream job. I am passionate about sport and want to help sport grow and succeed in this country, both in terms of participation and elite performance. I am excited about the challenge of improving Australia’s competitiveness at the highest levels of world sport. We have a lot of strengths to build on in the Australian sporting system, but we also need to look very hard at what we can do better for the future.

“I leave Netball Australia feeling very proud of what we have achieved, knowing that the sport and the organisation is in excellent shape heading into the next phase.

Ms Palmer will commence the role 30 January 2017. Mr Wylie thanked Matt Favier, Director of the AIS, for his contribution to the ASC in his capacity as Acting Chief Executive Officer over the past two months.


Chief Executive, Netball Australia (2007-2016)Key achievements: Led the development of the ANZ Championship a 10-team competition in a joint venture between Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand. Secured the rights to the 2015 Netball World Cup. Increased revenues of Netball Australia threefold in seven years. Negotiated significant sponsorship with iconic brands including ANZ Bank, Telstra, Coles, Foxtel. Negotiated broadcast agreements with Network 10, Fox Sports and SBS. Led the development of the new NNL and secured a significant broadcast deal with Channel 9 and Telstra for Netball in Australia. Secured the rights to Fast5 World Netball Series for three years (2016-2018). Re-branded the Australian Netball Team – The Diamonds. Chief Executive, Netball Victoria (2000 – 2006)Board and ambassador roles Chair: Victorian Institute of Sport (2010-2016) Trustee: Melbourne Cricket Ground (2004-2015) Director: International Netball Federation (2011-2015) Director: TTNL Ltd (ANZ Championship 2008-current) Panel Member: Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority Advisory Committee (2010-2014) Ambassador: ConnectGV: See the possibility, not the disability (current) Director: Australian Commonwealth Games Association (2011)
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