Renowned curator Les Burdett is one of cricket's most popular identities, having served Adelaide Oval for 41 years. In that time, he's earned the respect of players, administrators and spectators world-wide.
Les' expertise has been in demand in various venues around the world including India, South Africa and Kuala Lumpur. He has consulted to the International Cricket Council and Cricket Australia, and since his retirement in July 2010, has established his own consultancy.
In 2001, Les was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in recognition of his services to cricket. In 2003, he was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for service to the sport of cricket and the turf industry.
In 2008, he was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia for services to the turf management industry, charities and the community. And in 2010 he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association.
Les is in demand as a guest speaker, captivating audiences with stories about his experiences in Australia and abroad and the many characters he has met over four decades at the Oval.
Les is an ambassador for SA Variety, passionate about helping underprivileged children. Born and educated in Adelaide, he is one of seven boys and served 18 months National Service in the Engineering Corp of the Australia Army.