Brian Cunningham

Brian Cunningham (BSc. DipEd. FAICD)

Brian has over 20 years of experience as a Chief Executive in both the private and public sectors, widely recognised for leading and developing successful organisations through significant change across a variety of sectors including sport, education, training and economic development.

With sports at the heart of Brian’s ethos, he is best known for his key leadership role in the successful tender for an Australian Football League Club franchise licence in 1994 and the development of this state based sporting club (Port Adelaide Football Club) to a highly successful National football league entity in the period 1996-2004. Brian was awarded AFL Life membership in 2012 for his services to football in Australia.

In a corporate sense, Brian led strategic reviews and change management programs in the structural reform of two large South Australian Government Departments. As CEO in 2005 - 2008 he led the State training system (80,000 students) producing government funded student outcomes in 2008 ranking first in Australia in each of employment success of graduates, student satisfaction and student transition to higher qualifications.

From 2008 - 2010 he oversaw State efforts in key economic development activities to generate increased trade, investment and jobs as Chief Executive of the Department of Trade and Economic Development.

Brian moved out of the public sector in mid-2010 and has taken up private sector Board Director roles. In addition he has formed his own consultancy company and develops strong links with other like-minded professionals with complementary skills.

Brian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma in Education. He has performed the role as Chairman of various National and State Government committees in the spheres of Training, Education and also Economic Development. He currently sits as a Director on six diverse Boards and acts as Chairman of five of these. He is an accredited professional in EQ and Leadership with world renowned Emotional Intelligence research company RocheMartin.

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