THE Scottish Rugby Board has unanimously agreed to appoint former Scotland flanker John Jeffrey as its Chairman until July 2023, which will be a full three-year term in total from his initial appointment on an interim basis in May 2020.
“I am delighted that JJ has been approved by the Board as Chairman,” said SRU President Ian Barr. “I could not think of a better person to chair Scottish Rugby at this important time. I very much look forward to working closely with him and together we plan to deepen our dialogue and engagement with our member clubs in the weeks and months ahead.
“JJ has been a real positive force since his appointment as Interim Chair back in May and we quickly realised we had an excellent, knowledgeable and highly respected rugby man who could take on the role permanently.”
Jeffrey is also Chairman of the Six Nations Council and Executive Committee member for World Rugby.
“It’s been a very busy six months since I took on the Interim Chair role and it gave me a real insight into both the work being done at all levels of the game in Scotland and especially by the Board to tackle the challenges presented by Covid-19, whilst evolving and moving the organisation forward,” he said.
“I am passionate about the game in Scotland and I am proud to be given the unanimous backing of the Board to extend my term as a non-executive director and Chairman. I am looking forward to working closely with President Ian, the Board and Council and all our stakeholders to drive the sport forward.”
Meanwhile, General Counsel Robert Howat will leave the Board on 1st January 2021 and is being replaced by former head of HR, Shona Bell, who now has a new role as Director of People and Internal Communications.
A statement from Murrayfield also explained that: “Scottish Rugby’s Executive Leadership Team has been expanded to include Director of Rugby Development, Sheila Begbie and Director of High-Performance Rugby, Jim Mallinder in a move which formalises the regular operational and strategic input they have been contributing already.”
“They join CEO Mark Dodson, Chief Operating Officer Dominic McKay, Finance Director Andrew Healy, Director of People & Internal Communications, Shona Bell to form the organisation’s Executive Leadership Team.
Healy is currently signed-off work so the financial function of Scottish Rugby is being overseen by Oliver Colling of Collinson Grant, a Manchester based management consultancy.
“The last year has given us a chance to see our business differently, make improvements and take a clear view of where we want to be in the future,” said Dodson.
“Sheila and Jim ensure we can strengthen our leadership group and that every level of rugby in Scotland continues to be fully represented.”
Meanwhile, a financial update has been issued to clubs with an outline of the unaudited accounts. CLICK HERE