The EJ Whitten Foundation is proud to announce Nick Holland as our new CEO effective May 1, 2017.
Chairman Peter Burnett said, “we are extremely pleased to have someone of Nick’s calibre join the Foundation as our CEO. Nick brings with him a breadth of sports and professional expertise from his elite playing days with Hawthorn FC, governance, legal, business capability and integrity roles with the Australian Sports Commission and most recently his executive position at Athletics Australia”.
Nick successfully transitioned into a professional career in sports administration following his retirement from AFL in 2005. Most recently Nick has been the Legal Compliance, Governance and Integrity Manager at Athletics Australia and prior to this Manager, Sports Governance & Business Capability at the AIS (Australian Sports Commission). Nick said, “I have been involved with the Foundation and its men’s health awareness promotion for a long time. I am passionate about working with the EJWF team to be the leader in men’s health preventative promotion”.
Ted Whitten said, “I am delighted with Nicks appointment and look forward to working closely with him to take the Foundation to the next level as the leading provider of men’s health and prostate cancer awareness to inspire men and save lives”.
Originally from South Australia, Nick Holland is a former professional AFL player who played 179 games for Hawthorn between 1994 and 2005, serving as Vice Captain between 1999 and 2003. Nick’s connection to the Foundation stems back to his elite playing days and participation in the Legends game on several occasions. His professional credits include;
• Athletics Australia (Jan 2015 – present) – Manager, Legal Compliance, Governance, and Integrity
• Hawthorn Football Club (June 2012 – present) – Committee Member
• Australian Sports Commission (Jul 2013 – Jan 2016) – Manager, Sports Governance & Business Capability at the Australian Sports Commission
• Senior Lawyer, Holding Redlich and Sports lawyer 2007 – 2013
Nick completed the Business of Entertainment, Media and Sport course at Harvard Business School in 2015, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a Monash University Law Graduate (2006).
The EJ Whitten Foundation (EJWF) was established in 1995 after the early passing of Mr. Football (Ted Whitten Senior) after his long and public battle with Prostate Cancer. The Foundation’s ambition is to be the leader of men’s health awareness, supporting prostate cancer. Our vision is, to inspire men to save lives. This year the Foundation is celebrating its 22-year anniversary and has played a key role in promoting men’s health with more than $11m raised to date. Our origins are rich in the Victorian landscape with the Foundation’s inspiration coming from the great Ted Whitten, who was one of the first high profile males to give a public voice to prostate cancer awareness. Since 1995 the Foundation has passionately raising funds for men’s health and prostate cancer awareness and research.