Cricket Scotland has welcomed Rob Wakelin on board as their new Head of Participation.
Wakelin recently arrived in Scotland from New Zealand, coming “home” with his Scottish partner and daughter. He will replace another Kiwi, Ian Sandbrook, who has returned to New Zealand after 5 years with Cricket Scotland.
Wakelin has an extensive sports administration background in New Zealand holding senior roles in rugby, surf life saving and rugby league with his most recent role being a five year tenure as CEO of Te Araroa, a 3000km walking trail running the length of New Zealand.
While not having a high-level cricketing background, Wakelin played to 1st XI level at high school and he has also played in indoor cricket social leagues in New Zealand.
Malcolm Cannon, CEO of Cricket Scotland said “We were delighted with the caliber of applicants for the role and Rob ultimately stood out with his enormous enthusiasm for the role of sport in people’s lives and his background across a number of successful organisations.”
“It’s a great time to be coming into the organisation” said Wakelin.
“Cricket is really on an upward trajectory here, with a number of innovative programmes introducing new people to the game and development of a clear pathway to the highest levels. I’m really looking forward to being a part of the next chapter.”
“I’ve worked in roles at club, regional and national level so bring a lot of empathy for challenges at the coalface alongside experience leading the work to increase participation so will be aiming to see the game grow and strengthen at all levels.”
Rob Wakelin commenced as Head of Participation with Cricket Scotland at the end of May and his first exposure to the Scottish game was to witness Scotland’s famous win over England – not a bad introduction, Rob!