Glenn Turnor Announces Resignation as AV CEO

Athletics Victoria Chief Executive Officer Glenn Turnor has advised the AV Committee of his resignation, effective 31 January 2022, after more than eight years in the position.

Athletics Victoria President Allison Robison said Turnor had furthered the sport of Athletics in Victoria, implementing several defining products and agreements that assisted AV to provide a better service for its stakeholders, clubs, and members.

“The AV Committee is sad to see Glenn leave, but we are extremely excited and supportive of his next role. Glenn’s commitment to AV over the past eight years has been unwavering, and the Committee was unanimous in acknowledging that Glenn’s approach has never been to stay behind the desk and run the business – in fact, the complete opposite by being on the frontline and available to everyone.” Ms Robison said.

“On behalf of the Committee, we extend our heartfelt thanks and wish him well for the future”.

Ross Cunningham, General Manager – Sport Delivery & Government, will act as interim CEO from 1 February until a permanent CEO is appointed. Cunningham previously held the role in 2017.

Ms Robison said the AV Committee plans to identify potential candidates to succeed Mr Turnor as Chief Executive Officer in early 2022.

Mr Turnor said it had been a privilege and an honour to serve the Victorian athletics community.

“It has been a privilege to be in this role for the past eight years and to work with all of the AV Clubs, Specialist groups, committees, coaches, officials, members, volunteers and families that are a part of Athletics Victoria. I am sad to leave but would like to acknowledge the work that has been completed together to set up the business for the next chapter,” he said.

“I want to thank every member of the Athletics Victoria Committee over the past eight years. They have played a pivotal role in supporting and guiding not only me but the entire AV Team, which is an extraordinary achievement from a volunteer-based Committee. A special thank you to AV Presidents Ian Jones, Heather Ridley, Jamie Strudley and Allison Robison. Finally, to the team at AV. I am so proud of your support for the past eight years, and I want to simply say ‘thank you.’

Under Turnor’s leadership, Athletics Victoria invested in the sport delivery workforce and technology, seeing significant service improvement across events, membership, and service. By expanding revenue streams, specifically with multi-year contracts with Athletics Australia and Athletics Tasmania, Athletics Victoria became the premier delivery arm of athletics in Australia. Turnor was also a member of the team that delivered the popular Nitro Melbourne in 2017.

Turnor moves to Netball Australia, having been appointed EGM Strategic Projects, Government and Community.