Jamie Barkley is to leave his role as chief executive of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust to take up a new position as chief executive of the Australian Turf Club.

Barkley (pictured), who has served as chief executive of the SCG Trust since February 2001, will join the Australian Turf Club in October.

Barkley previously served as the Trust’s chief operating officer. During his time with the body, he has overseen construction of the SCG’s Victor Trumper and MA Noble Don Bradman Dally Messenger stands, and played a key role in the development of the stadia strategy of the New South Wales Government.

Key events that have been held at the SCG during Barkley’s time at the Trust include the 2014 Major League Baseball Opening Series, the New Year’s Test and the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

SCG Trust chairman Tony Shepherd said: “Without doubt, Jamie is a world-class sporting administrator. He leaves the Trust in great shape and our loss is the ATC’s gain. His contribution to the SCG precinct is immense, from securing huge infrastructure investments, to vastly improving the match day experience of our patrons as well as establishing some of the biggest annual events on the Australian sporting calendar.”

Barkley added: “It has been a privilege and an honour to work for the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust. The Trust has played an enormous part in my life and that of my family. I am forever grateful for the Trust giving me the opportunity to lead one of the world’s great sporting venues in the SCG.

“I have been very fortunate to work with highly skilled Trustees and with a very talented executive team. I also must pay tribute to the staff broadly, who all work together on the goal of delivering great sporting event experiences for the many millions of people who visit our grounds.”

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