SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO

SSAA NSW welcomes Jai Rowell as new ED & CEO

The Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (NSW) Inc. (SSAA NSW) today confirmed the appointment of long-standing Member for Wollondilly and former NSW Government Minister, Jai Rowell, as its incoming Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Rowell announced in February he would retire from a long career in politics after having served first in local government and then State Parliament.

SSAA NSW President, Lance Miller said Mr Rowell was the standout candidate from an excellent field of applicants.

‘On behalf of the SSAA NSW Board, employees and volunteers, I congratulate Jai on his appointment and welcome him to our Executive Team,’ Mr Miller said.

‘Jai comes to the role with a wealth of experience in government at all levels and a proven ability to shape policymaking and the development of sensible and effective legislation.

‘He has a solid grounding in the key issues of importance to our members having lived in and represented a semi-rural electorate with more than 3,300 registered firearm owners and around 1,000 SSAA NSW members.

‘Jai also has an excellent record of getting results as an advocate for his constituents, as demonstrated by his ability to consistently secure funding for new infrastructure and services across a range of areas including health, education, civil works, law and order, roads and sports and recreational facilities.

‘We look forward to Jai building on the great platform that outgoing Executive Director Ms Diana Melham has laid and providing strong leadership to everyone connected with the organisation at an important time in our evolution.’

In addition to representing his electorate of Wollondilly, Mr Rowell has held several prominent roles during his time in NSW Parliament, including:

• Assistant Minister for Health

• Minister for Mental Health

• Special Advisor to the NSW Premier and the NSW Government on Science, Industry and Innovation

• Government Whip

• Chair and / or Member of several Committees including the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety, the Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development, the Committee on Planning and Environment, the Committee on Electoral Matters, and the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Ethics.

Prior to becoming a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, Mr Rowell was a Campbelltown City Councillor for 8 years and a political advisor and later a Chief of Staff in the Federal Government. He also completed a law degree at the University of Western Sydney. 

Mr Rowell said, ‘I’m delighted with the opportunity to lead the SSAA NSW and look forward to getting on with the job of delivering results for its 55,000 members, many of whom contribute their time and energy as volunteers.’

‘Sporting shooters are a significant group in the NSW community and there is a need to ensure they are well catered for in areas such as access to ranges and facilities, ongoing training and education, and sensible regulations.

‘In my limited spare time, I have enjoyed shooting at ranges within my region. A big highlight for me was opening the 2013 World Benchrest Championships at the Silverdale Rifle Range. As a licenced firearm holder myself and in my new role, I look forward to spending more time at our ranges and getting involved in all of our disciplines.

‘2019 is going to be a great year for the SSAA NSW. I look forward to starting work, getting out and meeting as many members as possible and listening to how we can strengthen the SSAA NSW.’

After more than eight years as SSAA NSW Executive Director, Ms Diana Melham announced earlier this year her intention to leave the organisation she has led with distinction.

‘I wish SSAA NSW and all of our members and volunteers all the best into the future.’ 

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