Football West appoints James Curtis as new CEO

New Football West boss James Curtis.
New Football West boss James Curtis.

JAMES Curtis will lead Football West through an exciting period for the sport after being appointed to the position of chief executive.

Mr Curtis has spent the past four years in the State Government at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in various roles including, most recently, executive director community development.

Mr Curtis’ other roles at the Department included two high-level executive positions including director of strategy and performance.

He is also a member of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Advisory Council.

Prior to his work at Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Curtis spent time as a senior management consultant for Quantum Consulting Australia providing advice to State and Commonwealth government departments and has worked in the finance sector.

Mr Curtis was also the director of Grasshopper Soccer North West Coast and operations manager of Grasshopper Soccer and Hyper Active Sports Australia.

On his appointment, Mr Curtis said it was an exciting time for WA football and was delighted to have the opportunity to assist in working towards a bright future.

“The sport is thriving internationally, nationally and locally here in WA and I’m sure that together we can realise even more of the game’s great unlocked potential,” he said.

Football West chairman Liam Twigger said Mr Curtis had been selected from a high-quality field of applicants.

“Football is experiencing a period of unprecedented growth with more players, coaches, officials and volunteers involved in the game than ever,” Mr Twigger said.

“We have an opportunity to take football to a new level in WA and I am confident that following the appointment of James Curtis, we will have the leadership team in place to achieve all of our strategic goals.

“The securing of funding and finalising a location for the State Football Centre remains our number one priority over the next 12 months.”

Mr Curtis replaces Peter Hugg, who resigned from Football West after six years in the role.

Mr Curtis will commence on July 1.