An inquiry is needed into a spate of resignations from the embattled WA Cricket Association board over the past three months, according to board member and high-profile barrister Tom Percy.
Mr Percy gave an undertaking at the organisation’s annual general meeting on Wednesday to push for the probe and for its findings to be made public to WACA members. He told The West Australian that if the board — which now includes former Test cricketer Brad Hogg — refused to launch the inquiry, he would consider his position.
Former Test batsmen Graeme Wood and Mike Veletta quit the WACA board in June, both pointing to a divide between member-elected and board-appointed directors. The walk-outs were followed this month by the resignation of WACA chairman Terry Waldron, citing a severe decline in the former WA sports minister’s mental health.
Percy, a member-elected director since 2014, said an inquiry was required because questions about the trio of resignations had largely been left unanswered.
“I’ve given an undertaking to move towards an inquiry where the reasons of those resignations are examined and analysed in detail,” he said.
“A report should be made public to the members as to what changes, if any, need to be made to the WACA administration. If the board don’t agree to that, given the mood at the meeting and my public undertaking to the meeting to do this, then they will be failing in their duty and I’ll reconsider my future as a board member.”
Former WA Liberal senator Noel Crichton-Browne, a WACA member of 25 years, said he was “deeply unsettled” interim chair Avril Fahey was unable to tell the meeting whether the board had discussed the resignations. “I fully support Tom Percy’s undertaking to have a proper and thorough review of the board, matters relating to the resignations and the board’s relationship with the administration,” the WACA member of 25 years said.
Ms Fahey, an ex-Australian cricketer, said the board would consider the feedback received at the AGM at its meeting in October. “We will also use this opportunity to review the requests from our members regarding the recent board resignations,” she said.
“The board will hold another general meeting in the coming months due to the vacancy created by Mr Waldron’s resignation. This meeting will provide our members with the opportunity to hear from the board.”
Hogg, above, and property consultant Paul Collins were elected on Wednesday to fill the spots vacated by Wood and Veletta.
In June, Wood, a former WACA chief executive, said he believed member-elected directors — himself, Veletta, Percy and Nicola Brandon — had been sidelined.
“It’s quite clear it’s the four of us versus basically the people that have been appointed by the board, and the CEO (Christina Matthews) seems to frequently influence them to go with her,” he told The West.
“It was quite clear at times you can’t challenge her at all because they’ve got that power. It was becoming just futile going to meetings … I would see it as the CEO and management are dictating to the board.”