NRU CEO resigns

  • NRU e-mail:
    Changing of the Guard at Northland Rugby
    This is to inform you that I am standing down as CEO of the Northland Rugby Union, a position I have occupied since January 2011.  My last day of employment is Thursday the 30th June being six weeks from today.  This will allow me to be involved with the ‘Blues’ v ‘Northland Barbarians’ fixture at ‘Toll’ Stadium on Friday the 24th Juneand provide a hand over to Alistair McGinn (our current Commercial & Marketing Manager) who the board have appointed as acting CEO through to the end of Mitre 10 Cup.
    I am leaving to take up a new National Managers Position within the Donovan Group, owners of Coresteel Buildings who are one of our major sponsors where I will be working with Kyle and Brett Donovan.  This is a Whangarei based role and will keep me in the area which is best for my family and will also allow me to stay involved with community rugby coaching my sons U11 Rugby team.
    I have very much enjoyed my time with Northland Rugby and believe the province is in a lot better shape than when I took over in 2011.  Through a lot of hard work we are now financially sustainable, well respected by our peers and NZ Rugby and I believe that we have the right coaches in place to get our Mitre 10 Cup team back to punching above its weight on the lowest budget in the Competition.
    I would personally like to thank you all for your support through my tenure as CEO, the game is run by volunteers and without your tireless efforts in your respective clubs and sub unions we would not be a functioning union.  I believe that we are well aligned across the province at sub union level and most clubs are operating because of the great work that everyone included in this email do in their own communities, so thanks again for all your efforts and I look forward to hopefully seeing you all over the next six weeks before my departure.

  • Well, I for one think he has done a good job with the limited resources he has had, has turned the Union around to enable it keep its head above water the past few season, hopefully the legacy he will leave will be one that now allows Northland to start performing on the field too.

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