— Published 7 January 2022

A recruitment agency to find directors


The process is unprecedented. The Australian and Queensland governments have jointly called upon an international executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, to find five of the main directors of the organising committee for the 2032 Brisbane Summer Games. Among them is the chairman of the future organising committee (OCOG). The recruits will have to have a high level of experience, ideally at international level. They will also need to reflect the “diversity of Queensland’s communities and Australia as a whole.” At least one of the five directors hired must be Aboriginal. Another must be from the Torres Strait Islands. Finally, recruitment will have to be gender balanced. Federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck made it clear when the Odgers Berndtson appointment was announced that the five directors would be chosen jointly by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Queensland counterpart Annastacia Palaszczuk. The creation of an independent organising committee was agreed by the Queensland Government at the last meeting of Parliament for 2021. It will be overseen by the Brisbane 2032 Board of Directors, 12 of whose 14 members have already been appointed. Among them, the unavoidable John Coates, IOC member and President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for a few more months.