The Ipswich Jets have announced the appointment of Mr Richard Hughes as its CEO.
The Chair Mr Steven Johnson said that Mr Hughes was one of the most important signings in the club’s history bringing to the organisation a level of business and governance skill set never seen before in a sports club.
He added that Mr Hughes‘ proven track record convinced the Board, from an incredibly talented group of applicants, that he is the right person to lead the Jets as they expand and take their community-focussed brand into netball and touch rugby league.
Like their players, Mr Hughes wanted to be a Jet and be part of the club’s values and give back to the great city of Ipswich. Mr Johnson said this attitude impressed the Board.
For his part, Mr Hughes said he wanted to move into sports administration and to be able to do so with an iconic team like the Ipswich Jets was an amazing opportunity for him.
He spoke of how he wanted the club to stay relevant and exciting; but to remain an inclusive club that always puts the person before the player.
Mr Hughes said his focus going forward would be to create the best environment by bringing to the club financial sustainability and strong governance so the Intrust Super Cup head coaches Ben Walker and Shane Walker and the team can continue to excite the Ipswich fans.
Mr Johnson said the job of Mr Hughes would be made easier thanks to the support of the club’s Corporate and Community Engagement Manager Mrs Nicole McPhee who will continue in her role which was expanded to also include Chief Operating Officer of Ipswich Jets Netball and their team in the Queensland Sapphire series in 2019 (Netball’s equivalent to the Intrust Super Cup).
About the Ipswich Jets
The Jets are the premiere sports club in Ipswich fielding teams in the elite statewide competitions in rugby league and netball. In 2015, the Jets were the best rugby league team outside of the NRL winning the Intrust Super Cup and the NRL State Championship.
About Richard Hughes
Mr Robert Hughes is a multiple award-winning businessperson who has been the Event Producer of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the Special Events Manager of the Westmead Children’s Hospital, the CEO of the Children’s Tumour Foundation and the Senior Fundraising Manager of Multicap Limited.