Happier times: Josh Landis at the 2022 ClubsNSW annual conference.

ClubsNSW has gone out to the open market in its search for a new CEO to replace ousted boss Josh Landis. Landis was stood down by the board of ClubsNSW after he made statements connecting the NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s Catholic beliefs with his stance on gaming reform.

ClubsNSW announced the appointment of Sallianne Faulkner, a board member of the peak body and President of Ramsgate RSL, as acting CEO, following the sacking of Landis just prior to the NSW election in which the Perrottet government was replaced by a Labor minority government led by Chris Minns.

A display ad published Friday called for “a dynamic and experienced CEO to deliver, in partnership with the Board, the operational and strategic goals for ClubsNSW” with applications to be taken by recruiters Korn Ferry. The closing date for applications by Friday 5 May.

“The new CEO will lead a highly engaged and motivated team, be responsible for financial performance, identify and drive areas for improvement and work closely with member clubs, government, regulators and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and be an exceptional communicator with experience working with media organisations.”

Interim ClubsNSW CEO Sallianne Faulkner (left) with fellow ClubsNSW board member Christina Curry at a ClubsNSW AGM. Picture: Grant Jones

“The new CEO will lead an inclusive culture within ClubsNSW with the express purpose of delivering improved outcomes for member clubs and the communities that member clubs serve. A proven track record of supporting talent development within organisations and working collaboratively are essential. The position requires a sense of accountability, self-awareness, and adherence to strong values.”

It is not known if Faulkner will apply for the role. Faulkner was appointed to the Board of ClubsNSW in 2018 and was subsequently elected as Deputy Chair in June 2019. She is also the President of Ramsgate RSL – a role she has held since 2014 after joining the Ramsgate board in 2012 – and held the position of the Secretary/Treasurer of the ClubsNSW Southern Metropolitan Region from 2016 until 2022.

ClubsNSW is the peak body for the NSW club industry and consists of 1200 member clubs, employing more than 53,000 people. 

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