Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday unanimously appointed Lachlan Henderson as the new Chair of the board. Henderson, the group chief of Epworth HealthCare will take over the role of the interim chair Richard Freudenstein, under whose leadership Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer exited from Australia cricket.
Lachlan had played age-group cricket for Western Australia in the 1980s before becoming a doctor. Henderson served as the chair of the Western Australian Cricket Association for two years before joining Cricket Australia’s board of directors in 2018. He will succeed Earl Eddings, who stepped down after failing to gain majority board approval in October of last year.
Cricket Australia released a statement after Henderson’s appointment that read: “Dr Henderson, who will commence immediately, signalled his first priorities would be ensuring a strong, sustainable financial future for cricket, increased participation, particularly among girls and women, improved consultation with state and territory chairs and all stakeholders, and continuing to drive high standards of behavior across the game.”
Freudenstein stepped down from the interim role on an immediate effect and stated:
“I am delighted that Lachlan has been elected chair and would like to congratulate him on his appointment. Lachlan’s extensive cricket administrative experience and impressive business background, leadership qualities, financial experience, and deep understanding of the game ensures that cricket has a new chair who will continue to build unity, trust, and respect across all levels of our national sport.
“He brings a combination of fresh ideas, a clear plan, and broad experience together with continuity to the position, having served as a CA director for the past three years. The short-list of candidates for this role was outstanding but it was the unanimous opinion of the CA board that Lachlan was best suited to be our next chair” he added.