PANTHERS CEO AWARDED TOP HONOUR
PANTHERS CHIEF RECOGNISED
IT ALL started when an ambitious 19-year-old rugby league player was asked to become treasurer of the newly established St Marys Rugby League Club.
Now, in recognition of his years of service to business and commerce through the sports/entertainment industry and to Western Sydney, Panthers chief executive Warren Wilson has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on the Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List.
“I was stunned ... when I got the first letter to say I had been nominated,” Mr Wilson said. “I was overwhelmed and honoured; a combination of a whole lot of emotions.”
Mr Wilson has successfully combined his love of league with a distinguished business career.
After St Marys, Mr Wilson oversaw a highly effective restructuring during his tenure as chief executive of Sky Channel and then chief executive at TAB Ltd.
He became Panthers Group chief in 2012 and immediately began championing fundamental changes which took the club from the brink of insolvency to the position of strength and stability it enjoys today.
“I would love for it to be compulsory for every kid in Australia to be involved in sport for the team aspect, the ethics, the activity and the fitness,” Mr Wilson said.
Panthers chief Warren Wilson, with St Marys Rugby League Club players Taime Paul and Will White, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.