ClubsNSW has announced the appointment of Sallianne Faulkner as a temporary replacement for former CEO Josh Landis, as resolution is reached with whistleblower Troy Stolz.
“As our club industry faces challenges on multiple levels, I look forward to working with whomever forms Government in March and working on sensible reform – reform that is informed by evidence and ensures long-term industry viability for our communities, our staff and our club members,” said Ms Faulkner.
“Clubs must be able to continue to provide community facilities and support, critical to the regional areas and metropolitan suburbs across NSW,”
Faulkner comes well-equipped for the role, having been elected to the board of ClubsNSW in 2018 and as Deputy Chair in June 2019, and has been the President of Ramsgate RSL since 2014. Faulkner also has extensive management and governance experience in the community, business and sporting sector as general manager of the Bayside Women’s Shelter, a director of Netball NSW, and a member of Women on Boards.
ClubsNSW Chairman Dr George Peponis OAM said the Board was delighted Sallianne had accepted the role.
“Sallianne is a widely respected and skilled business and community leader with more than a decade of experience in the club sector,” Dr Peponis said.
“She possesses the right combination of integrity, compassion and intelligence that is well suited to leading a large and complex organisation like ClubsNSW. We are fortunate to have a person of Sallianne’s calibre within our ranks to lead the organisation through an important transition period.”
The organisation was suing Stolz, who was employed as an anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism finance (CTF) compliance auditor at ClubsNSW between 2011 to 2019, for breaching the confidentiality clause of his employment contract, and for criminal contempt.
An independent executive recruitment process will commence shortly to identify a permanent appointee to the role.
Following Landis’ removal, it was also announced that ClubsNSW has withdrawn its legal action against former employee Mr Troy Stolz – who is terminally ill with Stage 4 cancer.
The case was due to return to the Federal Court this month, however ClubsNSW has announced that a mutually agreeable settlement has been reached with Stolz and the case withdrawn.
Stolz has also withdrawn his own legal action against ClubsNSW, for defamation and alleged breaches of the Fair Work Act.
Due to the confidential nature of the settlement, no further details will be provided by either party.