Former Adelaide Football Club Chief Operating Officer, Nigel Smart, has been announced as the new CEO for Crime Stoppers South Australia, following an extensive national and international recruitment process.
In welcoming the senior appointment, Crime Stoppers SA Chair, Sharon Hanlon, said Mr Smart brought well-developed leadership skills, commercial acumen and significant management and business development experience to the key role.
“Nigel was a standout in a very competitive and highly qualified field of applicants, and we look forward to him working with the Crime Stoppers SA Board and heading up our management team as we position ourselves to build on our 25-year history of success in South Australia. His understanding of the not-for-profit and charity sector, his personal values and work ethic, and his creativity and innovation, will ensure Crime Stoppers continues to play a very important role for many years to come,” Ms Hanlon said.
“Nigel’s local and national networks will be invaluable when it comes to forging new partnerships as we look to strengthen our financial position and sharpen our strategic focus and direction. His appointment brings us into line with our interstate counterparts and represents a key milestone for Crime Stoppers SA,” she said.
In welcoming his appointment Mr Smart said: “I am excited at the opportunity to contribute to an organisation which directly contributes to a safer South Australia by giving people ways to anonymously share what they know about unsolved crime and suspicious activity.”
“It is fantastic to be leading an organisation that enjoys a strong brand awareness and a high level of community trust, and I plan to expand the operational reach of Crime Stoppers in SA, better engage with the corporate and public sector, increase engagement with our State’s regional and multicultural communities, and generate financial resources to fund key programs that will achieve even greater community outcomes,” Mr Smart said.
Police Minister Vincent Tarzia wished Mr Smart luck in his new challenge which begins today.
“The Marshall Government is proud to support Crime Stoppers SA and it’s fantastic to see a passionate, talented South Australian like Nigel Smart step into the position of CEO,” Minister Tarzia said.
“Mr Smart had a stellar career in the Crows backline and will now play a pivotal role in our state’s defence against crime. Crime Stoppers SA recently celebrated 25 years of service and it’s clear, with this new and additional layer of leadership, the charity will continue to jump strength to strength.”
“Over the years, and thanks to the public, hundreds of thousands of valuable tips have been supplied to Crime Stoppers SA, helping SAPOL solve almost 35,000 crimes – and that number continues to soar.”
Mr Smart’s 3-year appointment has been made possible as part of a broader funding package from the State Government. Announced in the 2020 budget, the State Government has committed $200,000 per annum over the next three years to Crime Stoppers to offset operational costs and deliver critical crime-solving and prevention activities to the community.
After a successful AFL career, which included induction into the Adelaide Football Club Hall of Fame, Mr Smart spent eight years with the Club as a senior member of the management team spearheading significant membership growth, increased revenue and profit, as well as improved match attendance. He also successfully negotiated new strategic partnerships with a number of well-known organisations and brands.
Mr Smart also brings significant Board experience to his new role, having held previous directorships with the Adelaide Football Club as Deputy Chair, Slingsby Theatre Company Chair, Adelaide Crows Children’s Foundation and as the current President of the Southern Districts Cricket Club.
He begins his new role on Monday, 2 August 2021.
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