Canberra A-league bid makes first advisory board appointment as deadline looms

Lachlan Roberts 21 August 2018

Bid Organiser Michael Caggiano has announced Jo Metcalfe as the advisory board’s first appointment. Photo: Daniella Jukic.

With the deadline fast approaching, Canberra’s A-League bid has begun assembling an advisory board to advise on the bid’s corporate and international strategy and to help transition the bid to a high performing professional club.

Bid Organiser Michael Caggiano has announced Jo Metcalfe, a senior executive of global services firm GHD, as the board’s first appointment, who will help the bid with its infrastructure plans and investments and also help the club grow its Asian connections.

“Jo’s expertise provides value in the areas of corporate governance and international strategy as we aim to leverage the opportunities that come with the A-League’s connections into Asia,” Mr Caggiano said.

“We want to bring together the considerable executive experience required to get this bid across the line and build a successful club.

Jo Metcalfe will help the bid team submit its official documentation on 31 August. Photo: Supplied.

“We are lucky enough to have some very high calibre people from the very top end of the corporate and sports worlds helping us behind the scenes, so this is about officially bringing some of those people into the bid.

“Jo provides value on so many levels. She’s a career professional, a champion for diversity and inclusiveness – all key values of a strong community and a community-based sporting club.”

Ms Metcalfe is the global strategy development leader at GHD, a multinational professional services firm that employs more than 9,000 staff in around 200 offices around the world. She is also a former member of the University of Canberra council and winner of the prestigious Female Champion of Change award in 2016.

A passionate football fan, Ms Metcalfe said she was delighted to be joining the bid’s advisory board.

“The football communities of the national capital and surrounding regions need to be represented in the A-League,” Ms Metcalfe said.

“The Canberra and Capital Region bid is being structured at a grassroots level, and I think that’s incredibly important.

“It strikes me how passionate and well-organised the bid is, the expertise of the people working on it, and how big they are thinking. The international connections and calibre of people involved are impressive.”

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