The Melbourne Cricket Club, or MCC, has been a pivotal part of Australia'’s sporting culture since it was formed some 176 years ago. Since that time, the club and the stadium it manages, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, have seen a number of evolutions.

Stephen Gough, CEO of the MCC, spoke to The CEO Magazine about the club’s recent transformations and its plans for the future.

The CEO Magazine: After 18 years working for the Carlton Football Club, how did you utilise that experience in your role as CEO of the MCC?

Stephen: At Carlton, we also managed our own venue, albeit much smaller than here. We were having 24 matches a year. The challenge with both roles is really around running an individual sporting team while also running a venue and all the contracts and relationships that hang off that, plus the redevelopment of the facilities.