WACA Senior Management

Christina Matthews
Chief Executive Officer

Christina Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and a former Australian cricketer. Named the country's most capped female Test player and holding the record for the most dismissals by an Australian wicketkeeper, Christina is one of only three women in the world to hold the position of CEO of a first-class cricket association.

Christina is a well-respected voice within the Australian cricket community, with strong leadership qualities and 27 years' experience in various management roles within cricket organisations, including seven years as General Manager Commercial Operations at Cricket NSW and roles in coaching and development. She has also represented Victoria, ACT and NSW during her career and a member of the Australian Women's team from 1984 to 1995, including two years as Vice Captain.

Christina has proven herself to be an effective and courageous leader since taking on the role of CEO at the WACA in 2012. She has redefined the way the WACA approaches its business, introducing a strong strategic focus, committing to community engagement, restructuring to ensure resourcing aligns with the Association's strategic objectives, and managing change to ensure a successful future for the organisation.

A significant contributor to the development of cricket, she has spent many years supporting community cricket associations and is a Member of the Board of the Bradman Foundation, Life Member of the Sydney Cricket Association and the Sydney Cricket Club (formerly Balmain). Christina's focus is not solely on cricket, also sitting on the General Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the WA Sports Federation board and the Department of Sport and Recreation SD6 (Strategic Direction) Steering Committee, the Ministerial Committee for Women in Sport and is Chair of the Department of Sport and Recreation Champions of Change Working Group, which promotes diversity on boards.



David Clear
General Manager - Game Development

Holding 15 years of experience in cricket administration at the WACA, including roles as a Cricket Officer, District Cricket Manager and now Game Development Manager, David uses this acquired knowledge in his communications with the cricket community.

His current role involves overseeing all programs to facilitate the growth of cricket in WA and also establishing and developing relationships with major stakeholder groups within WA cricket, State and Local Government and Cricket Australia.



Joanna Coubrough
General Manager – Operations and Facilities

Joanna joined the WACA in 2012 with over 20 years' of senior management experience, largely across UK venues hosting international events. Predominantly working across motorsport and horse racing, Joanna's broad experience is across a number of areas, including venue and event management, sponsorship, sales, marketing and hospitality.

Joanna is responsible for a large range of venue services and event operations at the WACA Ground, including leading the venue delivery of international, domestic and other major events. She also introduced an innovative phone application for the WACA to assist in the efficient and effective delivery of all events, including detailed task management for staff and external suppliers.


Michael Cutler
Public Policy and Government Relations Manager

Michael joined the WACA in November 2015 with significant experience in public sector administration. He has held senior roles in various public service agencies and was policy adviser and Chief-of-Staff to Hon Terry Waldron MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing and Gaming.

Michael's key responsibility for the WACA and Cricket Australia is to foster and develop cricket's relationship with state and local government in Western Australia, recognising the important contribution both levels of government make to the sport.


Richard Marshall
General Manager - Business Services

Richard started with the WACA in 2007 and has over 30 years experience in financial management. A chartered accountant, he has held the position of financial controller for several publicly-listed companies and commercial and legal manager for a large engineering company.

During his time at the WACA, Richard has managed the turnaround of the WACA’s finances, including a period of significant growth. He helped to negotiate an attractive funding agreement with Cricket Australia and worked with them and other state associations to improve efficiencies across Australian cricket. Richard has also overseen the implementation of new accounting and purchasing systems for the Association.



Shay Nasta
General Manager - Commercial, Marketing & Communication

Shay joined the WACA in 2012 and has over 14 years experience in the sport and entertainment industries. After working for the Fremantle Football Club as a Corporate Sales and Sponsorship Account Manager, he joined Finch Marketing as the east coast Sponsorship and Sales Manager. Shay ventured overseas to take on the role of Senior Manager, Business and Strategy for Dubai’s MP&Silva, one of the world’s biggest sports media agencies, where he dealt with high-profil accounts including AC Milan and Arsenal FC. Prior to moving back to Perth, he held the role of Commercial Operations Manager for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Shay has led the WACA to strong commercial growth, with a portfolio of partners including Healthway, Homeloans, Toyota and REIWA.com. He has overseen the off-field development of the Perth Scorchers into one of Western Australia’s favourite sporting teams, setting attendance and viewership records and driving new audiences to the sport.

Shay is also responsible for the development of the WACA’s corporate and community profile.

 


Ben Oliver
General Manager - High Performance

Ben joined the WACA in 2012, bringing with him a wealth of cricket experience. A contracted first-class player with Victoria and Tasmania, he was appointed to coaching roles with Cricket Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Sport at the close of his playing career. Off field, Ben has held the role of Competitions Manager and Head of Women’s Cricket at Cricket Australia, Regional Development Officer for the International Cricket Council’s East Asia-Pacific region and Regional Cricket Manager with Cricket Victoria.

Since starting at the WACA, Ben and his team of dedicated staff and players have established what is now considered to be the leading high performance program in Australian cricket. He has overseen a period of significant cultural change and increased performance of WA teams, including the rise of the Perth Scorchers, with five consecutive finals appearances, back-to-back titles in BBL|03 and BBL|04, and a finals appearance in the inaugural WBBL|01. This period also included the Western Warriors One-Day Cup title in 2014–15 and back-to-back Sheffield Shield Final appearances in 2013–14 and 2014–15 and Western Fury WNCL and WT20 final appearances in 2013-14.

Ben has also supported improved coach and player development programs to underpin stronger WA teams and an upward trend in national representation, consolidated position of Premier Cricket as a genuine feeder competition for WA teams, increased investment in female cricket to provide a platform for future development and has facilitated a closer alignment with the national high performance system.




Simon Tiverios
General Manager - Strategic Infrastructure Development

Joining the WACA in 2013, Simon has an impressive background in sports management and consultancy and a strong commitment to community involvement and strategic coordination of all aspects of state sporting associations. Simon has previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at Water Polo WA and Senior Consultant with AECOM company Davis Langdon and Coffey Sport and Leisure. He has worked on a range of high-profile projects, including the Department of Sport and Recreation’s State Netball Centre Business Plan, Venues West’s Arena Joondalup Master Plan, Murdoch University’s Sport’s Precinct Business Case, Curtin University’s Curtin City Masterplan and the City of Cockburn Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre Business Plan.

During his time at the WACA, Simon has managed the refurbishment of the WACA print press and broadcast media facilities to conform with ICC standards and managed the 2015 ICC World Cup matches in Perth to ensure a lasting legacy for cricket in WA. He has also improved the fan experience at the WACA through the introduction of new catering and break out areas. Simon is currently responsible for ensuring the design of the Perth Stadium meets the needs of cricket and managing the WACA Ground redevelopment.



Grant White
General Manager - Membership

Grant joined the WACA in 2011 from the Fremantle Dockers. With 12 years of experience in sport and customer service, he was also involved in various levels of golf administration and business management.

Since joining the WACA, Grant and his team have seen the WACA and Scorchers membership base reach the largest numbers on record. He has overseen a number of improvement projects around the Members area, including the design and build of the Members Terrace and Loft, Gate 7 precinct and the Test player walk wall.

Grant’s vision is to continue to improve the service levels, attention to detail and create more opportunities and benefits for WACA and Scorchers Members.