The successful governance reform of the Australian Paralympic Committee being led by its President Glenn Tasker has progressed, with the appointment of prominent business, political and media identity Lachlan Harris to the APC Board.

Harris was the successful applicant in a recruitment drive targeting digital expertise to help the APC achieve its objective to be a model of digital best practice in Australian sport by the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Harris, the Co-Founder and CEO of One Big Switch, was the Principal Press Secretary for the Hon Kevin Rudd MP during his time as Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition and also served as Press Secretary for Shadow Treasurer Wayne Swan and Shadow Defence Minister Robert McClelland. He was a Founder and Director of swimwear label “budgy smuggler” and is a regular political and media commentator across television, radio, print and online.

Tasker said Harris’ appointment to the Board was yet another coup as the APC continues to grow its reputational, organisational and financial strength heading towards PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020.

Kurt Fearnley, John Hartigan, Rosie King, Helen Nott and Jock O’Callaghan complete the seven-member APC Board along with Tasker and Harris.

“We were overwhelmed by the calibre of applicants for the new Director position, in what was a ringing endorsement of what we have done in recent years and where we are heading,” Tasker said.

“But there is no doubt that Lachlan’s strategic expertise, experience and track record of success was the best fit for our organisation and we’re delighted to welcome him to the Paralympic family.

“Our Board recently undertook a skills analysis to guide the ongoing development of our strategic plans to ensure we are best placed to meet the myriad of opportunities and challenges that face us in an increasingly changing world. These centre around engagement, technology and a globally increasing profile and competition for Paralympic Sport among many of our rivals.

“With Lachlan joining a Board of outstanding Directors who are all unbelievably committed to improving Para-sport in Australia, I’m excited to see what we can achieve together in close collaboration with the APC’s staff and the APC’s partners.”

Harris said he was ready to get started.

“It’s a fascinating and challenging time for Australian sport and the non-for-profit sector in which the APC exists, but I’m excited to be joining this important and unique organisation which is well-positioned to achieve some incredible success in coming years,” Harris said.

“With strong partnerships in place and with momentum from recent Games campaigns, the job now is to harness all the potential and convert it into results.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the APC Board and working with the staff to ensure we continue to provide the best possible environment for Australian Paralympic sport to flourish.”

The APC Board next meets on December 20.

By APC Media

Posted: 19/12/2017