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Transforming the way your industry works

Sydney FC partners SRi Executive for CEO search

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Football, Jonathan Harris

31 May 2017, Sydney, Australia – Sydney FC Chairman, Scott Barlow, today confirmed details of the search to find the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer. With the incumbent CEO, Tony Pignata leaving at the end of a hugely successful season for the club in 2016-17, the Sydney FC board seek renewed leadership for the business as they enter the next stage of their growth. “Our aim is to be Australia’s number one football club in everything we do” confirmed Chairman Scott Barlow. “The Club is poised to enter its next…read more

The Invictus Games come to Sydney: Q&A with CEO Patrick Kidd

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Events, Jonathan Harris

Patrick Kidd has worked tirelessly to bring the Invictus Games to Australia and SRi’s Managing Partner in Australia, Jonathan Harris, had the chance to speak with him shortly after Sydney was announced as the 2018 hosts. With less than two years until 500 competitors from 17 countries arrive in Sydney to compete in 11 sports, Kidd revealed a bit more about how the Games were won, and how he plans to get the Australian public behind the Games. Q. Hi Patrick, the Invictus Games are coming to Sydney in 2018, can…read more


The Rise of the Australian Sports Foundation: Q&A with ASF CEO Patrick Walker

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Commercial, Jonathan Harris

Since its launch in 2010, SRi’s Australian and New Zealand arm has played a part in supporting some of the most prestigious, high profile and successful sport, media and entertainment organisations in the region. The Australian Sports Foundation is dedicated to raising tax deductible money for sports from the grassroots upwards, giving clubs and teams the platform to attract donations through crowdfunding, community projects, peer-to-peer giving and regular investment. As raising finance becomes tougher and tougher in the modern sporting environment, SRi’s Managing Partner for Australia and New Zealand, Jonathan…read more

2016 Trends and Opportunities in Sport in Australia and New Zealand

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Career Advice, Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris (our Managing Partner, Australia) recently spoke on a panel of leading HR practitioners at the Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future conference, where he discussed the trends and opportunities in relation to hiring talent for the sports industry across the region. Below is a summary of his discussion. How would you describe hiring activity in the industry at the moment? Hiring activity is generally quite encouraging. Sport continues to be a product that invokes plenty of passion and loyalty from the public. Sports organisations are investigating and experimenting…read more


High Performance Trends in Australia

Posted by in Alistair Milner, Australia and New Zealand, Elite Performance, Jonathan Harris

Earlier in the year, SRi hosted breakfast forums in both Melbourne and Sydney which were attended by over 50 leaders involved in High Performance within the sports industry. The attendees ranged from Chairpersons to Chief Executives, and from Technical Directors to Heads of Sport, across various sporting codes, national sporting organisations (NSOs) and institutes of sport. The forums were chaired by Jonathan Harris, SRi’s Managing Partner in Australia and led by Alistair Milner, head of SRi’s High Performance Practice, which operates on a global basis from our London office. Alistair…read more


Where are the women? Gender diversity in sports business.

Posted by in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Career Advice, Helen Soulsby, Women in sport

Recently our Director, Asia, Helen Soulsby, spoke at the 2014 Asia Pacific World Sport and Women Conference in Australia on, ‘The State of Play – Female representation across the business of sport’. This is what she had to say: When I was a little girl, I didn’t want to work in sport (or in search for that matter). Believe it or not, I wanted to be a nail technician. Not really the career my parents were hoping for but they knew this was the first of many aspirations I would…read more

The Growth (and challenge) of the Australian Sports Market

Posted by in Australia and New Zealand, Jonathan Harris

Since launching in Australia in 2010 we have often been asked on numerous occasions how can any sports organisation claim to specialise in sport without a presence in Melbourne? Our business has grown consistently since establishing our Sydney hub office and whilst we can demonstrate the success of our Singapore office working across Asia, we have always been conscious of the need to expand our footprint into Melbourne. As with so many critical questions the answer to this one was right under our noses. Josie Lahey, one of our leading…read more