Cricket Tasmania has appointed Queensland Cricket’s Head of Commercial, Phil Rigby, as the General Manager of the Hobart Hurricanes.
Phil brings a strong track record in building and growing revenue in elite sport, having held senior positions at the Brisbane Lions Football Club and with Queensland Cricket/Brisbane Heat.
Cricket Tasmania CEO Nick Cummins welcomed Phil to the team and is confident Phil will be able to lead the Hurricanes in forming stronger partnerships with the community, boosting membership numbers across the State and entertaining the 90,000 passionate Tasmanian fans and interstate visitors expected to attend Blundstone Arena and University of Tasmania Stadium this season.
“Phil knows the Australian cricket landscape and will bring extensive experience from the commercial arm of the Big Bash League to Cricket Tasmania.
“He has worked with Queensland Cricket to turn around their commercial performance and secure the biggest commercial Club partnership in Big Bash history.
“Cricket in Tasmania is at an exciting time and Phil is the right person to grow our brand to reach right across the state,” Mr Cummins said.
Phil is equally excited about joining Cricket Tasmania in the lead up to the upcoming season.
“The BBL and WBBL have been game changers for cricket over the past few years and the Hurricanes have been a critical part of this success.
“The BBL is the fastest growing sporting competition globally and provides the opportunity for our teams to proudly fly the flag for all Tasmanians on the national and international stage.
“I have been a keen observer of the transformation taking place at Cricket Tasmania and have been impressed with the passion, dedication and direction under Nick’s leadership and fresh approach.
“I understand that the Hurricanes, Tigers and Roar receive a huge amount of support from all Tasmanians and I hope to play my part to enable Cricket Tasmania to achieve its commercial objectives, which will mean we can increase investment back into grassroots and participation.
“I am passionate about building genuine partnerships and look forward to delivering great results for all Tasmanians,“ Phil said.
Phil will re-locate to Hobart and officially start in the role based at Blundstone Arena in mid-September.