Cricket Scotland is delighted to confirm the appointment of Trudy Lindblade as the governing body’s new Chief Executive Officer.
Trudy will join Cricket Scotland after concluding her role as Chief Executive of the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, which took place successfully in Glasgow and across Scotland in August this year. She will commence work with Cricket Scotland early in 2024.
Pete Fitzboydon, the current Interim Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland, will remain in place until Trudy’s arrival to ensure a smooth handover.
Trudy Lindblade brings more than 25 years of experience working on complex, large-scale major sporting projects across the world, in partnership with governments, local organizing committees, and international and national sports federations.
She held overall executive responsibility for the planning and delivery of the 2023 UCI World Cycling Championships. The first event of its kind, the Championships took place over 11 days and involved thousands of amateur and elite cyclists from more than 120 countries and drew a preliminary estimate of 1 million spectators to the various competitions.
Trudy has a strong background in cricket which spans more than eight years working in Australian and international cricket. This includes heading up the Event Management Department at the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, and being part of the team delivering the first T20 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2007.
She worked in the Cricket Australia Marketing and Events team for over five years and was seconded to the International Cricket Council in 2002 and 2003 to support the delivery of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy and 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Prior to joining the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, Trudy worked for Victorian Major Events Company and Visit Victoria between 2013 to 2020 across a range of projects. She was part of the team who secured Melbourne’s bid for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup matches and Liverpool FC’s first appearance in Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2013. She also played a pivotal role in the feasibility, creation, and delivery of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
“It is a privilege to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Scotland. I am excited to be returning to the sport of cricket and very much look forward to getting started in the role early in the new year.
“I am aware of the challenges that Cricket Scotland is facing and there is still much work to do. There has been positive progress since the release of the Changing the Boundaries report, and I am committed to leading Cricket Scotland’s effort to stamp out racism in our sport and ensure that we embody the spirit of community, belonging, and equal respect.
“I’m looking forward to working with my new team and the cricketing community to build a bright and prosperous future for cricket in Scotland, using the new strategy and forthcoming increased ICC funding as a catalyst for delivering change and creating new opportunities to grow the game at every level.”
Pete Fitzboydon said:
“We are delighted to have secured a candidate as outstanding as Trudy to lead Cricket Scotland from early next year. By then, we will have a new ambitious strategy in place and increased funding secured for the next four years, and Trudy is the ideal candidate to lead this new, exciting era for Scottish cricket.
“While we are excited about the future, we are very conscious of the ongoing challenges that Cricket Scotland and our sport is going through. While much progress has been made, there is a long way to go to ensure our sport becomes truly inclusive and anti-racist. I have committed to staying in my interim CEO role to ensure a seamless handover to Trudy to continue this work.
“Trudy was the standout candidate in a very strong field. The delivery of this summer’s impressive UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland is testament to her abilities, which combined with her previous experience in cricket made her the ideal person to drive Cricket Scotland forward.”