The First Meeting of Northern Territory Cricket Limited was held on Saturday 27 November 2021 in Darwin. Key outcomes from the meeting were the appointment of Directors and awarding of Life Membership.
Lachlan Baird was appointed as a Member Elect Director with a three-year term. Mr Baird has spent two years on the Board and has played a key role in driving positive change within Darwin cricket, bringing an increasing level of professionalism and transparency to the Darwin & Districts Cricket Competition in his capacity as Chair of the Darwin Cricket Management Committee. Mr Baird’s professional background as a lawyer is a key skillset for the Board.
Jo Fitzpatrick was appointed as a Board Appointed Director filling a casual vacancy with two years remaining on the term. Ms Fitzpatrick possesses a strong marketing and commercial background and is well connected and regarded throughout the Northern Territory business community. Ms Fitzpatrick has a passion for cricket, is a committee member of Taverners Northern Territory and is currently the NT Regional Manager for Superannuation.
Ken Vowles was appointed as a Board Appointed Director with a three-year term. Mr Vowles is a new addition to the Board and offers fresh ideas and a rounded perspective on cricket in the Northern Territory given his past involvement as a player, coach and staff member. Mr Vowles is currently involved in cricket as a member of the Cup advisory group and brings additional government experience to the Board having previously served as an advisor, member of parliament and minister.
Bruce Walker AM was appointed as a Member Elect Director with a three-year term. A long serving member of the Board, and current Chair, Dr Walker will serve one final term to oversee the organisation’s transition to a company model and succession planning for the Chair’s position. Dr Walker’s experience, skillset and corporate knowledge will be important as NT Cricket develops its next strategic plan and prepares to secure a new four-year funding agreement with Cricket Australia.
Julie Page retired from the Board at the meeting, electing not to stand for re-election. Ms Page was a longstanding member of the Board and has had a distinguished career in cricket across many facets of the game, most notably rising through the ranks in the Northern Territory and going on to play for South Australia in the Women’s National Cricket League. Ms Page was an energetic and dedicated Director and her contribution to the Board was acknowledged by members at the meeting.
Life Membership appointment:
The Board of NT Cricket was delighted to recommend to members that Ian Butterworth be appointed a Life Member of Northern Territory Cricket in recognition of his service to cricket in the Northern Territory. Members unanimously carried the motion and Mr Butterworth was awarded the fifth Life Membership of Northern Territory Cricket in recognition of his substantial and sustained contribution over40 years.
Mr Butterworth has served the sport of cricket in the Northern Territory as an administrator, coach, selector, volunteer, Director and sports journalist. During the mid 1980’s he served on what was then the Northern Territory Cricket Association’s Youth Cricket Council, formed in 1983.
In June 1986 he was one of the first two Northern Territory residents to complete a Level 2 Cricket Coaching Accreditation Course (held in Townsville) and again in June 1988 he was one of the first two NT residents to be invited to undertake a Level 3 Cricket Coaching Accreditation Course held in Brisbane.
From the mid 1980’s and into the 1990’s Mr Butterworth was involved in coaching and managing the NT Youth Cricket Teams at the Australian Cricket National Under 19 and Under 17 age Championships and the Calder Shield. He was a Director of the Northern Territory Cricket Association from 1990 till 2000 and was also Chairman of Selectors for the NT Senior cricket team during this period.
Just prior to and immediately following his retirement in the latter part of the 2000s,Mr Butterworth commenced a period of time as a sports journalist with the NT News newspaper while also joining Charlie King on ABC Radio where he was well regarded for his attempts to promote a greater understanding of NT and Darwin cricket.
He has continued to apply his journalistic skills by writing weekly cricket previews for the NT Cricket and Darwin cricket websites.Following the launch of the TIO Strike League and Cricket 365 competitions, Mr Butterworth joined the commentary team accompanying the live streaming of the high-profile matches.
In 2020 Mr Butterworth took on the task of gathering information for the writing of a history of Northern Territory Cricket, a project that continues today.