Professor Lorne Crerar confident that governance review can deliver for all of Scottish rugby

Clubs promised that it is not too late to have their say

Professor Lorne Crerar QC is the new independent chair of Standing Committee on Governance (SCOG) of the Scottish Rugby Union Council
Professor Lorne Crerar QC is the new independent chair of Standing Committee on Governance (SCOG) of the Scottish Rugby Union Council

PROFESSOR LORNE CRERAR CBE has thanked member clubs for their feedback so far on the consultation document for the ongoing review of governance and structure of the Scottish Rugby Union, and has promised those clubs who have not yet responded that there is still time for their views to be submitted and considered.

Crerar replaced Gavin McColl QC as independent chair of the Standing Committee on Governance (SCOG) of the Scottish Rugby Union Council at the tail-end of last year and says that he is already fully immersed in the challenge of helping push the ongoing review towards a positive conclusion.

“It is an honour to be appointed to this position within Scottish rugby, and I am looking forward to working with all stakeholders as the structure of our game and authorities, moves forward,” said Professor Crerar. “It will be an interesting and challenging role, but I am very confident the recent issues, aired by many parts of the game, will be suitably resolved and we can move forward together in union.


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“The Standing Committee has made a positive and constructive start to the year. We thank those member clubs who have taken the time to respond to the recent consultation to date and would actively encourage others to reply. We are confident that any outstanding issues of governance will be resolved, and to the satisfaction of SRU members.

Professor Crerar is one of the two founding partners of law form Harper Macleod LLP. A former rugby player and referee, he is a former chairman of the European Rugby Cup Tournament (ECPR) and was a judicial officer at four Rugby World Cups. For more than 20 years, he was chairman of the Discipline Panels for the SRU, European Rugby Cup and 6 Nations.

In addition to Professor Crerar’s rugby experience, he has also conducted two significant governance reviews for the Scottish Government, namely; the Crerar Review of regulation, audit, inspection and complaints handling of public services in Scotland; and a review of Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies which was adopted by the Scottish Parliament.


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5 Comments

    • Agreed – no aspersions on Lorne Crerar to do good things for Scottish rugby (and to be seen to be doing so), but does he have it in him to deliver on this?

  1. I look forward to seeing the next set of proposals.

    SCOG have an invidious task but hopefully the new members of the group along with the new chair can produce a model that works for the Union of clubs and it’s subsidiary SRU Limited.

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