What We Do

BKD Executive Leaders brings to its clients decades of leadership experience within the Sports, Marketing and Entertainment sectors. Having worked and lived within these industries, we understand the unique needs and complexities of organisations in these sectors.

Knowing that putting the right people in the right roles is critical to success, BKD specialises in selecting and developing the talent needed to successfully compete within these fast paced and demanding sectors.

BKD also provides Strategic Consulting Services to organisations that can benefit from leveraging the accumulated experience and expertise of our team.

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BKD Executive Leaders provides 6 Core Services to the Sports, Marketing and Entertainment Sectors

BKD Executive Leaders

Who Are We?

The mission of BKD is to work with Australian sport, marketing and entertainment sectors to put the best people in roles where they can serve the organisation’s goals while growing and developing themselves. We believe this helps deliver great outcomes for Australian sport, marketing, entertainment sectors and the community.

Our Team has a proven proven track record of success within leading sports, marketing and entertainment organisations.


Ben Buckley - Executive Director| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ben offers over 25 years of Executive experience across leading consumer brands, sports leagues and entertainment companies, both within Australia and internationally.  He is the current Chairman of the North Melbourne Football Club.
Past roles include Executive Director of Sports and Content partnerships at Foxtel, Chief Executive of Football Federation Australia (FFA), Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Football League (AFL) Executive Vice President of Australia for Electronic Arts and Marketing Director of NIKE Inc in Japan and Australia.



Rob Kerr - Executive Director| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Rob is a seasoned Executive in both the Sports and Management Consulting sectors. Past roles within sport include General Manager of Football at Essendon Football Club and CEO of the AFL Players Association.
With a PhD in Psychology and a Grad Dip in Labour Relations Law, Rob specializes in Executive assessment and selection, Executive Coaching and Organisational and Leadership Development. He has previously been General Manager of Leadership Development Firm, Harbour Future Leaders and Senior Consultant for International Management Consulting firm PDI Ninth House.



Andrew Demetriou - Chairman| CHAIRMAN
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League (AFL), Andrew has been a CEO across a number of business sectors.
Andrew is currently non Executive Director of Crown Resorts, Chairman of Capital Health Group and Cox Architects and sits on the Australian Reconciliation Council.



Jane Ballantyne is a Business Executive and Sports Administrator with over 20 years of Leadership, commercial, marketing and private consulting experience with leading brands and organisations.

Jane has held senior marketing, communications and commercial positions with Racing Victoria, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Australian Football League, Nike, STA Travel and Just Group.

Jane is also a Director of Oxil, an Australian technology company who specialise in digital connection, communication and engagement solutions that enable organisations to have two-way conversations with their communities in real-time through a platform of single source apps.


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“Leadership Lessons from the Little League” Guest Post by Alastair McCausland, CMO

Picture this. You’re standing in front of 22 people all looking at you for direction. Some are naturally talented and are ready to go in to battle for you. Others are eager but lack the skills they need.   You’ve done your preparation and know the message you want to get across, but you’ve got […]

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