UTS Graduate appointed Director of the Australian Institute of Sport
1 February 2012
Mr Matthew Favier, a UTS MBA graduate has been appointed as the incoming Director of the Australian Institute of Sport
Mr Matthew Favier, a UTS graduate, is returning home from the UK to take up the role of Director of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Matthew was an AIS athletic scholarship recipient, and he graduated from UTS with an MBA. Favier’s most recent role was with UK Sport, where he was second in charge, and held a pivotal role in the United Kingdom’s 2012 Olympic games strategy.
Matthew is looking forward to tackling the challenges of the new role as his appointment will lead straight into Australia’s bid for medals just four and a half months out from the opening ceremony of the London Olympics games.
“I’m thrilled to be heading home to take what I think is the most exciting job in Australian sport. Over its 30 years the AIS has a proud history and I cannot wait to start work with our outstanding athletes, coaches, doctors, scientists and other staff to deliver continued Australian sporting success” said Favier.
UTS Business School has a long history of teaching sports management education. Associate Professor Paul Jonson Head of Events, Leisure, Sport, Tourism and Arts Programs at UTS Business and President of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) commented on Favier’s appointment as Director of the AIS.“The appointment of Matthew Favier is very pleasing from both a UTS perspective and also from the broader “Sport Management” perspective.
Mr Favier’s experience with UK sport will clearly stand him in good stead to manage Australia’s world renowned Centre for Excellence for sport performance. Moreover, his MBA qualification at UTS will have given him an understanding of the role of managers in the delivery of high performance training for athletes. With all sport management –especially at the more elite levels – now requiring sophisticated understanding of the economic, social and environmental context, it is pleasing to see the instalment of Matthew with his academic qualifications and professional expertise to follow-up on the great work of his predecessors.
Matthew’s sport management teachers at UTS and the Sport Management academic community of Australia look forward to the opportunity to work with him to keep Australian sport at the top of international performance and competition.”
Mr Favier will be taking up his role at the AIS on the 19th of March.