BOB RICHMOND of Mackie RFC (who is the North Regional Council representative) and Malcolm Offord of London Scottish (who was elected the Exiles Council representative at last weekend’s AGM) have been added to the Scottish Rugby Union Board as Council Nominated Non-Executive directors.
The pair take over from Dee Bradbury of Oban Lorne, whose term as President finished at the AGM, and Graeme Scott of Whitecraigs, who has stood down as National Two Council rep and therefore left the Board
Richmond, whose background is in the oil industry, joined Mackie FPs at its inception in 1976 and has been involved ever since. He has been on the committee for 42 years and served as captain, treasurer, vice-president, president (three times) and coach. He joined the Council in 2018.
“It has always been a privilege to serve the game in some capacity, not least at Mackie and then as a district coach before becoming the SRU representative for the North Caledonia area,” he told The Press and Journal last week. “This new appointment means I can continue to serve the area, which includes clubs in Orkney, Shetland and Stornoway and hopefully make meaningful impact for all the clubs in my patch.”
“These are difficult times but we’ll come through them, especially if we all work together,” he added. “My role is to ensure clubs and Scottish Rugby are seen to be working together in the best interests of the game.”
Offord, who is initially from Greenock, graduated with a law degree from The University of Edinburgh in 1987, and then embarked on a 26-year career in The City of London, before founding and becoming chairman of Edinburgh-based investment house Badendoch & Co
During a 16-year spell as a Partner of Charterhouse between 1998 and 2003, he invested £2 billion of private equity capital in eight UK companies and achieved successful exits equating to 2.8 times invested capital.
He is Chairman of London Scottish, and of the The Borders Distillery based in Hawick.
Independent Non-Executive Directors: John Jeffrey (Interim Chairman), Lesley Thomson QC, David McMillan, Julia Bracewell
Council Nominated Non-Executive Directors: Ian Barr (President), William Gardner, Malcolm Offord, Bob Richmond.
Executive Directors: Mark Dodson (Chief Executive), Andrew Healy (Finance Director), Robert Howat (General Counsel), Dominic McKay (Chief Operating Officer).