Scottish Rugby Board appointment

Lesley Thomson, Scotland’s Solicitor General and a former general committee member at Melrose RFC, has been appointed to the Board of Scottish Rugby.

Ms Thomson (pictured below), a staunch supporter of Melrose, current leaders of Scotland’s RBS Premiership, becomes the first woman to be appointed to the Board and will take up her position from October 1.

Board chairman, Sir Moir Lockhead, said: “We welcome Lesley to the Scottish Rugby Board. It is as much her passion for the game in Scotland as her sharp intellect, honed within the Procurator Fiscal Service, which will prove a considerable asset to us and the game in Scotland.”

Ms Thomson is appointed after an open recruitment process and replaces Jock Millican, the former international back-row forward and Edinburgh businessman, who has completed his term on the Board.

Finance Director Andrew Healy was also confirmed as having joined the Board.

Lesley Thomson said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Scottish Rugby Board. Having been an enthusiastic volunteer at club level in the Borders for many years in a variety of roles from midi-convenor to fixture secretary I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the work of the Board.”