Matthew Carroll AM

Originally from the construction industry, Matt Carroll’s career as a sports executive stretches over 24 years’, taking in all aspects of sports administration. He has worked in three sports as a senior manager, including Chief Executive Officer, with roles encompassing grass roots sport development, professional leagues, national and international organisations and global sporting events. Matt Carroll’s career to date;

  • Rugby Director NSW Rugby Union (1991-1995) – responsible for representative and club rugby.

  • General Manager, Rugby Australian Rugby Union (1995-1999) – Forefront of establishing the professional game in Australia including setting up Super Rugby and Tri Nations competitions.

  • Chief Executive Officer Waratahs and NSW Rugby Union (2000-2001) – successfully led the financial turnaround of the business.

  • General Manager Rugby World Cup (2002-2003) – led the team that staged one of the most successful sporting events held in Australia and set the benchmark for future World Cups.

  • Inaugural Head of the A-League and Head of Community Football, Football Federation Australia (2004-2006) – establishing Australia’s first fully professional football competition and managing significant changes to the structure of community football and relationship with the professional game.

  • Deputy CEO, Australian Rugby Union (2007-2012) – Responsible for rugby’s commercial program, broadcast rights and management of Test and Super Rugby competitions.

  • Interim Chief Operating Officer, Japanese Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2019 (2013-2014) – based in Tokyo leading the master planning, budget drafting and establishing the organisation structure for the Tournament.

Currently Matt is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Sailing, where he is leading the organisational reforms changing from the federated model to build Sailing’s future sustainably and success.

In 2004 Matt Carroll was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Rugby, in particular the hosting of Rugby World Cup.