05/03/2024
Kelly Ryan has stepped down as Netball Australia CEO after over two years in the job. PHOTO: Netball Australia.

Kelly Ryan has stepped down as Netball Australia CEO after over two years in the job. PHOTO: Netball Australia.

Netball Australia formally announced on Tuesday that Ryan has handed in her resignation to the board, following a tumultuous two-and-a-half years in the role.

Ryan was charged with dealing with the pay war between Super Netball players, the loss of $17 million in federal funding, and logo debates with Hancock Prospecting.

“Having reached an in-principle agreement on the CPA pay deal, and watched with pride as our Diamonds won the Commonwealth Games and the Netball World Cup, the timing felt right to hand over the reins to a new leader,” she said.

“During my time as CEO I have delivered on the objectives of the board. We overcame the challenges of coronavirus pandemic to continue a national competition through border closures, experienced strong growth in the national competition, grew netball’s already strong participation numbers, and strengthened the game’s finances.

“Netball Australia has a wonderful team of people who work tirelessly for the benefit of the sport, and I thank them for their continued efforts and for their support.”

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Chair of Netball Australia, Wendy Archer, is full of thanks for Ryan’s work in the sport.

“Kelly Ryan has made an enormous contribution to our sport in her time leading Netball Australia,” she said.

“She has shown great resilience and integrity during her leadership over her time as CEO.”

Netball Australia’s Executive General Manager Performance, Stacey West, has been appointed as acting Chief Executive Officer.

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