Chris Jackson, a final year Parade College student of 1978, and the founder of the Old Paradians Football Club’s long-time major sponsor Accurate Financial Consultants, has been named incoming chair of the State Sport Centres Trust.

Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula this week confirmed the appointment of Chris, a finance expert, to oversee the Trust, which is responsible for governing the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), the State Netball Hockey Centre and Lakeside Stadium.

“I’m honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead one of our state’s most respected sporting organisations,” Chris said.

“It’s a challenging time for the Trust and all Victorians and I look forward to making a positive contribution to ensure a bright future for our centres and our patrons.”

Chris has wide experience across the finance sector, including serving as chair of Private Banking Service, a franchise of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. As founder of Accurate, he built the established tax consulting firm into an Australian and international concern.

He replaces Brett Moore as Trust chair for a three-year term, commencing September 1. Joining him as a member of the Trust is former Victorian senator Michael Ronaldson.

“Chris Jackson and Michael Ronaldson bring vast amounts of financial and legal expertise to the State Sport Centres Trust,” Minister Pakula said.

“I congratulate them both on their appointments and thank Brett Moore for his service over a decade as chair and member of the Trust.”