Sir Moir Lockhead to continue as Chairman

Sir Moir Lockhead is to continue as Chairman of the Scottish Rugby Board for a second three-year term, it was announced today.

Scottish Rugby’s Board invited Sir Moir to continue and the move has been ratified by the Scottish Rugby Council.

 

Sir Moir joined the Board of Scottish Rugby in July 2011 following a distinguished career in industry. His second three year term will run from the summer of 2014 until 2017.

“Sir Moir’s leadership, insight and business experience have served Scottish Rugby very well and we are delighted that he will undertake a second term. This secures Scottish Rugby’s leadership at this important time as we look to develop the game further at all levels,” said Scottish Rugby Union President, Donald Macleod.

Sir Moir was previously Chief Executive and deputy chairman of First Group plc, the leading transport operator in the UK and North America.

Originally a mechanical engineer, Moir left school at 15 to become an apprentice mechanic, joined Grampian Regional Transport in 1985 as General Manager and went on to lead the successful employee buy-out and subsequent listing of the business on the London Stock Exchange.

During his first term as Chairman of the Scottish Rugby Board Sir Moir has overseen the launch of a strategic plan and piloted Scottish Rugby towards financial stability with turnover up to a record £39.3m and year-end debt down to £11.2m the lowest position in over a decade. The Union also achieved a surplus of £0.9m in the year to 30th April 2013.

Sir Moir said: “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the Scottish Rugby Board to sustain and enhance the game of rugby in Scotland and build on the work underway.”

McKay joins Board

The Board also confirmed that Dominic McKay, Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, has been appointed as a Board member.

McKay, who joined Scottish Rugby just under six years ago, has most recently been responsible for growing the number of blue chip sponsors and increasing the Union’s broadcast partners, while overseeing moves by the Union to engage with supporters new and old to connect with the sport in a deeper way and experience the unique atmosphere at Scotland fixtures.

He will also join the Union's existing representatives on two international bodies, namely the Celtic League and FIRA/AER.