Our Story

CricHQ was founded in 2010 by CEO, Simon Baker and a leading group of the world's most famous international cricketers.

Prior to focusing his attention on mobile, Simon had a career spanning 20 years in technology with a focus on knowledge management and big data. In the age of digital transformation, Simon was at the leading edge of corporate and public sector organisations, wanting to digitise their hard copy assets, transform their data into rich information and streamline their manual business processes. Moving to mobile gave Simon insight into the impact that smartphones and tablets would have in organisations globally, including within the sport of Cricket - which is one of his passions.

Simon approached New Zealand’s most high profile cricketers; Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum, and CricHQ was formed. The initial CricHQ scoring app took off around the world and thousands of scorers, coaches, players, mums, dads and fans were all able to score cricket, follow matches live and review statistics like never before.

During the early years, CricHQ identified that in addition to scoring, back office administrative tasks within most cricket organisations were still largely time-intensive, paper-based, manual processes. It was a natural, strategic decision, for Simon to lead CricHQ in developing a technology platform to digitise and streamline these aspects.

Today, CricHQ is the world's largest digital platform for cricket. The company has grown to be the online home for all levels of cricket around the world, making cricket even better for everyone by providing cricket administration, high performance, data and content management tools and CRM capability for cricket organisations; our customers include 53 out of 106 national governing bodies, 350 associations, thousands of leagues, tournaments, clubs and schools, players, coaches, parents, administrators and of course the fans.

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The Spirit of CricHQ

It’s no coincidence that our spirit, maps to the values of a great cricket team. The Spirit of CricHQ defines who we are, what we hold dear and how we live and operate every day.


We Always Deliver

We Improve Everyday

We Put Team First

We Are Passionate

Meet Our Team

Simon Baker

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Simon is a tech entrepreneur with extensive business technology experience, who is passionate about the world's second most popular sport, cricket. Combining his expertise and passion he founded CricHQ and has grown a team of like-minded sports and technology experts, driven by the company's vision. 

Mike Loftus

Chief Customer Officer

Mike has worked in executive level roles and consulted to organisations including Westpac, AMP, AIG, Air New Zealand, Qantas, FIFA, Oceania Football Confederation, Sport New Zealand and NZ Post. He has broad governance experience with roles within business and the sports industry including cricket. With strong expertise in business strategy, marketing and HR, Mike provides a commercial view to governance issues, complimented by strong financial and analytical skills that assist in Audit and Finance work.

Mike is also a keen sportsman having played cricket since boyhood. Mike is able to apply his knowledge of the game to assist CricHQ in making cricket even better.

 

Karina Kielland

Chief Financial Officer

Having extensive accounting and financial experience, Karina is passionate about business improvement. The opportunity to join the team at CricHQ was a perfect fit given her love of supporting her son's cricket.

Karina's highlighted HQ profile is her son, Kristian.

Neil Martin

Chief Operating Officer

Our highly experienced sales professional and ex-first class cricketer, Neil Martin, has been instrumental in CricHQ’s growth story as the Chief Operating Officer. Neil has strong relationships with governing bodies and media companies throughout the game.

 

Dave Robertson

Chief Data Officer

Dave is the Chief Data Officer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Dave joined CricHQ in 2011 with a decade of experience in IT. A huge fan of cricket, he brings a wealth of big data management from his time at REA Group, Australia, and years of experience in IT management. 

Ben Greville

Chief Technology Officer

Ben is the Chief Technology Officer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Ben joined CricHQ in 2012 as a web developer and has been promoted into management with a vast, holistic understanding of the CricHQ technology platform.

Being an avid fan of both cricket and technology, he is exploring how these two passions can be fused into products that benefit the great game.

Jimmy McLellan

General Manager, Customer Success

Jimmy has been a front-facing man for all customers since the first CricHQ support department was created. Combining his expert product knowledge and customer lifecycle management skills, he is dedicated to creating a world class experience where all customers achieve their goals with minimum effort and maximum enjoyment.

Jayadeep B

Chief Operating Officer, India

Jayadeep was instrumental in setting up and building the CricHQ India team. He possesses a wealth of experience in cricket operations and technology sales. He is also the founder of Kerala Corporate Cricket League and an active cricket player.

Venkata Ramanaw

General Manager, Technology

Venkata is the General Manager of Technology at CricHQ based in Kochi, India. Venkata joined CricHQ in October, 2015 bringing over 25 years of information technology experience.

Venkata is a dynamic, team-spirited and performance-driven professional in the fields of software and product development with an extraordinary blend of leadership, business acumen and industry knowledge.

Venkata is passionate about cricket and equally passionate about building high-performance technology teams to drive the next generation of cricketing solutions for CricHQ.

Nathan Pilalis

Business Development Manager

Nathan is based in our Wellington office and is responsible for the sales growth and account management of CricHQ in the Americas, East Asia-Pacific, Pakistan and South Africa.

Nathan’s background is strong in organisational and administrative roles within sporting organisations, including Cricket Wellington, Wellington Rugby and Otago Rugby.

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