The WACA wishes to thank Dr Ken Michael for his dedication and service over the past four years. Under Dr Michael’s guidance cricket in WA has seen great change; the transition of cricket to the new Optus Stadium, the development of the concept plans for the WACA Ground, the rise of the WA High Performance program to number one in the country and the growth of diversity within community cricket.

The handover will take place at the WACA Annual General Meeting on 25 September. The appointment of Mr Waldron followed a thorough process by the WACA Nominations Committee that called for expressions of interest from within the current WACA Board, interviews and finally a recommendation to the WACA Board.

Former Minister for Sport Mr Waldron was appointed to the WACA Board in mid-2017, having been involved in cricket all his life as a player, coach, administrator and development officer.

During his time on the Board, Mr Waldron has been a key contributor to the WACA Ground Improvement Project and helped drive positive stakeholder engagement during governance reforms.

Hailing from the Great Southern region, Mr Waldron was a batsman-wicketkeeper, captained the WA Country Cricket XI for 12 years and the Australian Country XI for three.

Mr Waldron played Premier Cricket for Claremont-Cottesloe, Willetton and Kensington (South Australia), and was involved in 21 matches against International Touring sides.

Mr Waldron’s passion for sport covered football as well, playing 47 games for Claremont in the WAFL and South Adelaide in the SANFL.

During the early 90’s Mr Waldron worked as a Cricket and Football Development Officer for the Great Southern Region, before being appointed the General Manager of the Western Australian Country Football League in 1992 and continued until entering politics.

As the WA Minister for Sport and Recreation for over six years, Mr Waldron was responsible for overseeing the planning and construction of Optus Stadium as well as being responsible for a broad upgrade of sports facilities in WA.

“I feel honoured and humbled to be appointed the next WACA Chair, and I recognise the enormous responsibility of the position,’ Mr Waldron said.

“I’m very excited about the future of cricket in WA, and my focus is very much on continuing to grow our sport from grassroots right through to the elite teams.

“I wish to pay tribute and thank the many Board members and administrators that have gone before me and for the great job they’ve done over many years in WA Cricket. In particular, to Dr Michael and the outstanding job he has done and is still doing as the current Chair, he’s a very hard act to follow.

Dr Michael said he was grateful for his time as WACA Chair and President;

“It has been a privilege and honour to be part of WA Cricket and I commend the organisation through CEO Christina Matthews as well as congratulating and thanking my fellow Board members on their stewardship and support.

“I am pleased that Mr Waldron, with his strong background in sport and government, is taking over the position as he is well placed to lead WA cricket into the future.”

Dr Michael will remain President of the Lord Taverners WA and Board Member of the WA Cricket Foundation.