Governance ‘task force’ to be disbanded – Ian Barr added to SRU Board

Focus of the business must be purely on dealing with the impact of Covid-19

SRU Vice-President Ian Barr has been added to the SRU Board. Image: Craig Watson
SRU Vice-President Ian Barr has been added to the SRU Board. Image: Craig Watson

THE ‘task force’ which was set up by SRU President Dee Bradbury last month to look at the issue of Scottish Rugby’s governance structure has been disbanded, with the Scottish Rugby Council stating that the organisation’s focus at this time should be on “the welfare of our people and Clubs and the financial position of the company”.

Meanwhile, SRU vice-president Ian Barr has been added to the Board as a Council Elected Non-Executive Director, filling the seat vacated by the passing of Adam Gray.

“Ian has been an observer to the Board during his time as Vice President and the Council believe he is a suitable candidate to provide continuity to the Board at this crucial time,” said a club statement issued on behalf of the Council this afternoon. “Ian has previous Board experience, as he served as a Scottish Rugby Board Director from 2013–2015.

“The decisions that will be taken by the Board and Council in the forthcoming months will have long lasting effects on our game, our Clubs and the Union. By assuming this role, it will enable Ian to be involved in the decision-making processes and have full knowledge of the information that is required to make all necessary decisions.”


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9 Comments

  1. Let’s just hope that Mr. Barr remains as Burns would say, a ‘man o’ independent mind’.
    I suspect it will take more than one individual to sort out the mess that pre-dates Covid let alone that problem itself.
    Surely observation and where required pressure must be maintained from Media, Clubs and Supporters in order to separate the wheat from the chaff and the Porcus from the Trough.

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  2. Congrats Ian not b4 time. I’m sure you’ll bring a degree of integrity to a board which has lacked this quality.

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  3. The Board sunk the Task Force by stating publicly they would not engage with it at this time.

    It’s the right decision (as asked for by several Clubs), but for it to be done the way it was is wrong, and raises a constitutional issue – was the Board working against the wishes of the Council?

  4. Action!
    In fact, 2 actions.
    Why do I immediately become suspicious?
    Ian Barr is the guy most folk wanted to be President. Is this new role a surprise?

  5. Should have been elected as Pres years ago, not a token representative. A man that can talk about Rugby, knows about Rugby and hopefully can bridge the gap between Club and SRU.

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