Presented By: Mark Holton
Steve McWhirter was targeted to join the CCAS as a founding director due to his impressive and unparalleled career in the IT sector. The CCAS was extremely mindful in the early years of establishing a robust, state of the art IT system that would lead the way in terms of technology and innovation. Steve was the perfect fit to help establish and then maintain this strategy, as a senior executive with IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Salesforce and Check Point Security the CCAS could not find a better person to lead the Information Technology platform set up for the organisation. Steve has overseen the installation of Salesforce as the organisations CRM platform, more recently Check Point Security was installed to keep the IT system more than current, all attributable to the expertise of Steve McWhirter. As a high-level rugby union player and a keen advocate of supporting our youth Steve has been a founding Director. In his 15+ years of involvement Steve has provided outstanding support often when travelling around Asia he always found time to support the CCAS, our athletes, coaches and key industry stakeholders.
Mike Rabbitt OAM
Presented By: Carolyn Kay
When the Central Coast Academy of Sport was just an idea it was essential to attract people like Mike Rabbitt , Mike was targeted to provide his knowledge of sport and media and was an important founding Director. Mike’s involvement is not just in the media, Mike has been fully invested in the commercial acquisition program, as an event emcee many many times, as a public advocate of the organisation, an expert in the media and PR space, his involvement has been staggering since day one. The very first commercial contract signed was with NBN Television in November 2003, our 15+ years partnership with NBN was established on the work of Mike Rabbitt and the respect he holds in the industry. Mike was the face of NBN Television for close to 30 years, in that time he gained incredible respect as a popular and talented sports presenter and likable ‘larrikan’. With any new business the ability to establish a ‘brand’ is paramount to an organisation’s success, the CCAS has been extremely fortunate to have Mike driving the media, PR strategy and digital engagement. In 2013 Mike was deservedly awarded an Order of Australian Medal (OAM) in recognition of his outstanding service to the community.
Presented By: Ian Robilliard
Mark Holton is the founding chairman of the CCAS, since the organisations first meeting in October 2003 Mark has provided incredible support through his astute leadership, his knowledge of the financial drivers of a business, his work with ‘Optimist’ a software package that projects a business’s financial success into the future was all instrumental in passing the CCAS business case through Treasury in 2003 are all attributable to Mark Holton. Mark is a career Not-For-Profit Director. The CCAS is not just fortunate to have his untiring support and leadership but he is a close friend, a person who quietly does so much to contribute to the organisations success, one could not think of a better Chair, Mark is fully engaged with the other Directors, a true gentleman, an astute business executive and a person who has provided 15+ years of continual support to the organisation.