Cam Vale, Chief Executive of Hockey Australia
Cam Vale, Chief Executive of Hockey Australia

Hockey Australia is delighted to announce that Cam Vale has been appointed as its new Chief Executive following an extensive and highly contested recruitment process. 

Vale will join Hockey Australia from North Melbourne Football Club, where he has held the role of Chief Operating Officer since March 2010, also serving as Interim CEO from June 2012 until February 2013, and previously as Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and 2009. He succeeds Mark Anderson, who left Hockey Australia in April.

An experienced sports administrator, Vale’s expertise in strategic leadership, high performance sport and commercial growth, position him well to lead Hockey Australia as it looks to build hockey’s profile, attract more Australians to the sport and remain a world leader on the pitch. 

Announcing Vale’s appointment, Stuart Grimshaw, who led the recruitment process as President of Hockey Australia, said: “We are thrilled to have attracted someone of the calibre of Cam Vale to the position. Cam is highly regarded in sports administration and the depth of his experience across a range of areas, including strategy, finance and commercial revenue will be a real asset to the organisation. 

“Hockey Australia has made outstanding progress in recent years and as we continue to strive for gold medals on and off the pitch, Cam’s passion for the role and his ambition for the organisation will undoubtedly feature heavily as we look to raise the bar right across the sport in Australia.”

Cam Vale said: “I am excited about the amazing opportunity to become CEO of Hockey Australia. To lead an organisation as successful as Hockey Australia and build on its success is a huge honour.”

Prior to joining North Melbourne Football Club, Vale served as Chief Financial Officer at Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club from October 2004 until December 2007 and before that was Finance Manager at St Kilda Football Club. 

He joins Hockey Australia at an exciting time for the sport. At international level, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos are set to embark on their respective World Cup qualification campaigns at the Hockey World League in Europe this month. At grassroots level, almost 10,000 5-12 year olds picked up a hockey stick for the first time last year through the Hookin2Hockey program. 

Vale’s start date with Hockey Australia is yet to be confirmed.

Source: Hockey Australia Media Release