Therese Walsh

Therese Walsh is a highly-respected figure in the New Zealand sporting industry and her capability as a leader, as well as the critical role she’s played in overseeing a number of major international events, has allowed her to shine as one of the most influential women in New Zealand sport.


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As Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and formerly Chief Operating Officer for Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2011, Therese has shown that she’s an exceptional leader when it comes to effectively running major international sporting events.

Following what was heralded as the most successful Rugby World Cup ever, with more than 130,000 visitors to NZ from over 100 countries, a global broadcast audience of 1 billion and an economic impact for NZ of around $500 million, Therese helped to secure an even split of host cities between New Zealand and Australia for the Cricket World Cup; a result that couldn’t have been reached without Therese’s foresight to see the goal ahead and work hard with many people to achieve it.

As Head of New Zealand for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Therese led a team including thousands of volunteers and a significant temporary workforce.

Therese was made a Dame Companion of NZ Order of Merit in 2015.