Standing Committee on Governance issues overview of new structure proposal

A consultation period will begin shortly with a view to holding a Special General Meeting to ratify the plan by the end of the year

Scottish Rugby President Ian Barr has issued an overview of the work of the Standing Committee on Governance recommendations. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Scottish Rugby President Ian Barr has issued an overview of the work of the Standing Committee on Governance recommendations. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE SCOTTISH RUGBY UNION’S Standing Committee on Governance (SCOG) has issued a high-level overview of their proposed new governance structure for the organisation, and a consultation period with member clubs will begin shortly.

Under the proposals, the SRU Trust and Council will be dissolved but member clubs’ ownership of the Union will be enshrined in the new structure, according to Scottish Rugby President Ian Barr.

The Trust will be replaced by a NewCo – a company limited by guarantee – which will “sit at the apex of the Scottish Rugby ecosystem”, said Barr. The board of the NewCo will have an active oversight role and be directly accountable to the membership. “We believe this structure provides strong representation and protection for the membership, with appointments on its board being directly elected by members,” added Barr.


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The proposed membership of the NewCo Board is: an Independent Chairperson (2 x 3 year terms), the President of Scottish Rugby (2 year term), Immediate Past President of Scottish Rugby (2 year term), two elected club officials (2 x 3 year terms) and two appointed members (2 x 3 year terms).

The NewCo’s responsibilities will include: holding the shares in Scottish Rugby Union Limited on behalf of member clubs, appointing the CEO and Independent non-Exec Directors, governance matters, the Murrayfield Injured Players Foundation, AGM matters, approval of major capital projects, approval of major investments and disposals (unless reserved to the membership directly), approving and signing group financial statements, monitoring group key performance indicators, final group strategy plan approval, and final group budget approval.

Scottish Rugby Union Limited will remain as the main operating vehicle within Scottish Rugby, responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and overseeing the new Club Rugby and Performance Rugby Boards, which will be created to provide greater autonomy to how those parts of the game run.

The Club Rugby Board will be responsible for: budget formulation and implementation; competition regulations and structures; disciplinary panel membership; Championship/competitions; season structure; club support programmes/MoS etc; club name or status changes; training and education programmes; strategy (community game) for SRUL sign off; match officials and competitions department; regulatory matters (community game).

It is suggested that five ‘area rugby boards’ – South, East, West, Midlands and North – be created underneath the Club Rugby Board to provide local solutions to local problems.

The Club Rugby Board will be chaired by the Vice President of the Union and be populated by the elected chairperson of each of the five areas  plus the Director of Rugby Development and the CFO/Finance Director.

The Performance Rugby Board will be responsible for: high-performance departments, Edinburgh Rugby, Glasgow Warriors, United Rugby Championship, British & Irish Lions, Six Nations operations, Super6, Old Glory liaison, international teams and tournaments, and regulatory matters (in the pro game).

To view the ‘Initial Consultation Document of the Standing Committee on Governance’ click HERE.


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5 Comments

  1. SCOG are to be congratulated for an excellent set of proposals, well worth the wait after a process prolongated by the ill-conceived and badly received Gammell-Murray report.

    This does much to rebalance influence over control to where it should be in any member organisation: with the members.

    There will be some fine tuning no doubt with the consultation, but the fundamental principles are strong.

    I look forward to it getting the support it deserves.

  2. SCOG are to be congratulated for an excellent set of proposals, well worth the wait after a process prolongated by the ill-conceived and badly received Gammell-Murray report.

    This does much to rebalance influence over control to where it should be in any member organisation: with the members.

    There will be some fine tuning no doubt with the consultation, but the fundamental principles are strong.

    I look forward to it getting the support it deserves.

  3. Onus now on clubs & stakeholders to roll their collective sleeves up. Back to devolved District-style of governing grassroots rugby, with real regional identity (allowing the clubs to have some influence), powerful bonds & traditional connections – what’s not to like?

    A balanced & thoughtful poke in the eye for certain individuals, methinks. Ideal platform for stimulating debate, albeit with downstream re-assurances required in due course about who ultimately calls the shots and holds the purse strings.

    Impressive opening gambit, highly appropriate at this stage. The myriad side-plays & underlying issues can wait until this is developed & bedded-in over the coming months. Come on, club representatives – make or break!

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  4. Very interesting set of proposals from SCOG. I applaud all their hard work getting to this point.

    The essential element was clubs being the key part of the structure and I’m delighted with the legal opinion that backs that up.

    The devil as always will be in the detail. This is a good first step and I wait to see what emerges from the consultation process.

    Well done to Ian Barr and Colin Rigby delivering as they said they would.

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