New chief executive

By Cobram Courier

Gender equality campaigner Ruth Holdaway has taken on the role as chief executive for Tennis Victoria.

Dr Holdaway has most recently been Women in Sport UK chief executive..

Named by United Kingdom media as one of the 50 most influential women in sport in the UK, Dr Holdaway was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from East London University for services to sport.

She brings with her a strong track record of innovation and leadership across the sport sector.

Achievements at Women in Sport include increasing women and girls participation in sport through initiatives such as This Girl Can, #StrongIsNotASize and a national Women’s Sport Week; changing national policy in the UK to mandate sports boards have a minimum 30 per cent women on the board; and driving change and collaboration in sport through leadership of national events such as the ‘Transforming Sport’ and ‘Empower’ conferences.

Dr Holdaway has also enjoyed a 15-year career in the not-for-profit sector with senior leadership roles in communications, service delivery and business development for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer UK and Women’s Aid. Prior to her charity career, Ruth was a Health Service Manager, delivering paediatric, cancer and older peoples services.

‘‘We are extremely pleased to appoint Ruth to the role of Tennis Victoria CEO. Ruth will be the first female CEO to lead Tennis Victoria,’’ Tennis Victoria president Emma Sherry said.