SRU Custodian Board appoints two new non-executive directors

Chair Lorne Crerar has role extended by two years to October 2025

Professor Lorne Crerar
SRU Custodian Board chair Lorne Crerar has welcomed Alison Milne and Maxine Manditsch as non-executive directors.

TWO new non-executive directors, Alison Milne MBE and Maxine Manditsch, have been appointed to Scottish Rugby’s Custodian Board. At the same time, Murrayfield has confirmed that Professor Lorne Crerar CBE, the independent chair of the board, has had his term at the helm extended by two years, until October 2025.

In addition to Milne, Manditsch and Crerar, the Board also comprises current SRU President Colin Rigby, former President Ian Barr, Vice-President Keith Wallace, and two other independent non-executive directors, David Grevemberg and Cheryl Black.

Milne, who has links to both Stirling County and Howe of Fife, has a business background in food, drink and agriculture.  “If I look back at how rugby shaped my upbringing, there is no doubt that the strongest influence was through its role in emphasising the power of community,” she said in an SRU press release

“As a child there was familiarity and security to every weekend being surrounded by those who viewed the rugby club of which they were part as an extension of their own family. As a child I did not play rugby,  but never once did that exclude me from the community that surrounded the club, arms were outstretched to every member of the family regardless of their playing ambitions.  For me, this was a powerful message that I’ve carried throughout my life i.e., the power of community and the value of diversity and inclusion.”

Manditsch, whose business background includes working for Grant Thornton and Price Waterhouse Cooper, has also worked for the World Health Organisation. Her club links are with North Berwick.

“Rugby has been part of my family life for many years,” she said. “My fondness for the game helped me to promote and support rugby in different corners of the world and convey the camaraderie and community spirit inherent in the game. I’m looking forward to making a contribution to the sport which has given me and my family so much enjoyment over the years”

Professor Crerar said: “It is great to be able to finalise the composition of the Scottish Rugby Union Board with these two appointments. This has been a wide reaching recruitment campaign and thorough selection process, and Alison and Maxine are excellent additions to the Board.

“Rural affairs and rugby are linked in many ways due to the geographic spread of rugby clubs across Scotland. Alison’s experience within this sector and knowledge of Scottish communities will be a big asset to us.

“Maxine brings a wealth of global experience in building an organisation’s resilience through the right policies and processes being in place to drive appropriate accountabilities and ownership in complex organisations, and this, along with her deep interest and connection to rugby will be of huge value to us.”

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  1. In this instance I will be more than happy to be proven wrong, but I have a strong suspicion one of the main selection criteria for these additional ‘Custodians’ was to balance the male-female composition of the Board, which although politically correct, doesn’t greatly help in the governance and development of rugby within Scotland if the selected people weren’t the best candidates. Hopefully the pen pictures issued of Alison & Maxine under-represents their true knowledge and abilities for enhancing the effectiveness of the Board and for bringing new innovative ideas.

  2. Interesting one for starters, ES.

    “Club background”…?? Tenuous at best. All these people appear to be cut from the same cloth – difficult to imagine much collective creativity or indeed disagreements around their “groupthink” gatherings….

    Laughing Boy bags an extra couple of years – nice work there! 😁

    Let’s monitor all of this, measure how the “Custodians” actually perform (i.e. within the SRU’s new fundamentally-flawed convoluted “lawyers’ wet dream” governance structure), what they manage to achieve in reality, behind the usual trite language and typical SRU spin.

    Time is not on their side.

  3. Ok, Custodians – now everyone is seated comfortably, let’s begin with the Cattigan case!


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