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Tennis NSW CEO & General Manager ATP Cup Sydney

  • Lead and grow this significant State Sport Organisation
  • Deliver a major international sporting event annually
  • Strategic leadership and stakeholder management focus
  • Based at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre

Tennis is a sport for life, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Tennis NSW is the governing body for the sport of tennis in NSW, with the primary purpose to foster a love of tennis in every NSW community and to inspire, empower and engage the NSW tennis family to help grow the game. Tennis NSW is the largest of the eight state and territory member associations and currently supports 511 Clubs, Associations and Court Operators and over 100,000 registered participants.

Debuting in 2020 as the world's most exciting and innovative new tennis tournament, ATP Cup is a 10-day event that brings together the sport's best players competing as a team with their countrymen. 24 countries are allocated into six groups of four, with the group stages held across the nation (Perth, Brisbane & Sydney), and the finals hosted in Sydney.

This senior executive position has a dual responsibility managing this significant peak State Sport Organisation to advance the interests of tennis throughout NSW, while also fulfilling the role of General Manager ATP Cup Sydney.

Accountable to the Board of Tennis NSW and the Head of Major Events at Tennis Australia for the ATP Cup, the Tennis NSW CEO & General Manager ATP Cup Sydney will take full responsibility for:

  • reviewing and implementing the Tennis NSW Strategic Plan
  • overseeing the day to day management of this sport business
  • building strong relationships with all stakeholders
  • leading negotiations with key State Government officials
  • leadership and strong direction of a committed team of staff
  • acting as General Manager for the ATP Cup Sydney

To be considered for this role you will need to be a dynamic leader, with the ability to connect, inspire and work collaboratively with a wide range of key stakeholders and staff. You will be a strategic thinker with the ability to shape forward planning to ensure delivery of high quality and meaningful services and programs for members and fans. You will be commercially savvy able to leverage the successful delivery of the ATP Cup Sydney to inspire participation growth in tennis throughout NSW.

You will be experienced in brand or product activation with a record of building strong customer engagement and loyalty. Prior experience working with a Board of Directors will be required as will experience working with Government and Government Agencies.

As a skilled and engaging leader, you will have a reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex, dynamic and challenging situations including those related to stakeholder management. Your ability to make informed decisions while operating under pressure and against deadlines, will be regarded as a strength.

While candidates with prior experience in a comparable CEO role will be highly regarded, we are also open to considering those candidates ready to apply the experience gained from a similarly scaled leadership role. Prior experience in the delivery of a major event will be highly regarded, as will experience in a membership based organisation. A background in the sport of tennis is not nessesary, however you must have a strong understanding and empathy for grassroots and community sport.

This is a rare and exciting leadership opportunity to grow a highly regarded peak State Sport Organisation while also responsible for delivering a hallmark international sporting event.

How to Apply

Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately. If you are intending to apply, please do so now.

Applications Close: Wednesday 22 September, 2021 - We reserve the right to close the role early if sufficient merit applications are received.

Application Format: Candidates must complete and submit the COMPULSORY Sportspeople Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) at the time of applying. The Form contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application. Sportspeople Recruitment prefers a 2 page letter of introduction and a CV of no more than 6 pages, merged into the Application Form as one MS Word file.


The Tennis NSW CEO & GM ATP Cup Sydney search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment - a specialist division of People Recruitment Group.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Robert McMurtrie on 0413 838 464, FREECALL AU 1800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000.

Sportspeople Recruitment is a leading executive search and recruitment firm servicing sport business. Celebrating 25 years in 2021 our curated Talent Network has been developed as a result of successfully filling thousands of roles across the A-Z of sport business employers.  We offer the most experienced Consultant team in the market available to assist with executive search, general recruitment, hiring strategy,  remuneration planning and executive/Board advice.

We are delighted to have been appointed by Tennis NSW as the exclusive search partner for the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager ATP Cup Sydney position.

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