Invited Speaker

Mr Simon Hollingsworth

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Sports Commission (AUS)



Simon Hollingsworth joined the Australian Sports Commission as Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Prior to this, he spent nine years with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), including as Executive Director of the Policy and Cabinet Group.


In 2005, Simon was seconded for a year to work for the United Kingdom Government’s Department for Education and Skills in London. Prior to joining government, Simon worked in Melbourne as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group and as a solicitor at Minter Ellison Lawyers.


He holds degrees in Commerce and Law (Honours) from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Arts (Politics and Philosophy) from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.


Simon, a dual Olympian, represented Australia on numerous occasions in the 400-metre hurdles and 4x400-metre relay. This includes the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, the 1990 and 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1995 World Championships. He has also been the Chairperson of the Athletics Australia Athletes’ Commission and written about sport in the media.


During Simon's time as CEO the ASC has implemented two important strategies, Australia's Winning Edge and Play.Sport.Australia. These strategies focus on high performance sport and participation respectively and link to the ASC's core goals of helping Australia's athletes achieve their sporting dreams on the world stage and getting more Australians doing sport.


To keep fit, Simon dabbles in running, cycling and golf, and chasing after his three young children.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email