Skate Australia is pleased to announce interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Caitlin Honey, has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.
Dr. Honey has been serving in the role alongside Gavin McDonald for the past seven months and will assume the role immediately.
Prior to joining Skate Australia as interim CEO, Dr. Honey spent three years as General Manager of Community Engagement at Athletics Victoria. She has a PhD in sport programming and participation and is well positioned to lead Skate Australia as the organisation seeks to deliver on a mandate to grow participation of the sport within Australia, at all levels.
Chair of Skate Australia, Dr Phil Hamdorf, welcomed Dr. Honey to the role.
“Caitlin has continually demonstrated her leadership, decision making and analytical skills throughout the past seven months and coupled with her strategic thinking, negotiation and stakeholder management capabilities, gave the Board the utmost confidence in making this appointment. We look forward to assisting Caitlin in her efforts to support and develop skate disciplines throughout Australia,” Dr Hamdorf said.
“At this time, I’d like to thank Gavin McDonald for supporting Skate Australia as joint interim CEO. Gavin ensured a seamless transition as we worked through this CEO appointment,” he said.
Dr. Honey is excited to be heading up the organisation at a time of growth and opportunity.
“I am looking forward to building on the fantastic foundation that has been laid here at Skate Australia,” Dr. Honey said.
“We have a great team that I look forward to working closely with. They have all grown so much in the short time I have been here, and I look forward to inspiring and leading them into Paris 2024 and beyond.
“We have a unique opportunity to grow our traditional sports of inline and rink hockey, speed and artistic skating and roller derby alongside the development of meaningful opportunities for our skateboarders, inline freestylers and others in the years to come.
"We want to see more opportunities for more skaters across the country. Building this will require a whole of organisation approach across commercial, government relations, events, and participation,” she said.