- Director since 2019
- Bachelor of Commerce, Executive Program - Stanford University
James Sutherland is one of Australia’s foremost sporting administrators of the past 20 years.
Sutherland, a life-long Cats supporter and 20-year member, spent 17 years as CEO of Cricket Australia, leading the sport through a period of sustained growth and success.
During his time as CEO, Cricket Australia's revenue grew from $50 million to near $500 million in 2018. Over the same period, increases in attendances (up 137%), participation (up 250%), and sponsorship (up by over 500%) were also achieved.
The launch of the highly successful Big Bash League, the enormous growth in women’s cricket, and numerous world cup victories (men's and women's) are other notable outcomes from Sutherland's tenure.
Sutherland has strong Geelong roots, having grown up in Corio and completing his schooling in Geelong. He is an Ernst & Young trained Chartered Accountant with experience within the AFL industry, having been Carlton’s finance manager in the mid-1990s.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and completed the Executive Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2011.
Sutherland is a former first-class cricketer having represented Victoria between 1991-94 and is an Elite Level coach, who was assistant coach of the Victorian men's team in 1998-99.