Scottish Rugby appoints new President, the first female for a Tier 1 rugby nation

Dee Bradbury, representing Oban Lorne RFC, today became the first female president of a Tier 1 rugby nation. The historic appointment was ratified at Scottish Rugby’s 2018 Annual General Meeting and Dee will serve a two-year term.

Describing her intention to represent Scotland’s clubs and advance Scotland’s standing on the international stage, Dee takes on the role previously held by Rob Flockhart, the out-going President from Boroughmuir, having previously been voted as Vice-President in 2016.

Scottish Rugby President, Dee Bradbury, said: “I am humbled to be appointed as Scottish Rugby President today and promise to work diligently with all of our stakeholders in order to continue our progress at home and on the international stage.

“As President, it is my job to represent Scotland’s rugby clubs and ensure their voices are heard. This is something I intend to do with honesty, transparency and objectivity.

The Scotland team reached a high of 5th in the World Rugby Rankings last season, and Scottish Rugby achieved increased turnover and reduced debt. I firmly believe that with the Executive Team, Council, Board and coaching staff we have at Scottish Rugby, we can go even further.”

Dee currently sits as Scottish Rugby’s representative to Rugby Europe and is also on its Women’s Committee. A founding member of the women’s section at Oban Lorne RFC, Dee is now the club’s Honorary President.

She was a Police Officer with Strathclyde Police and latterly Police Scotland and is now retired. An accomplished athlete, Dee has represented Scotland and GB in athletics and previously managed Scotland Women U18.

Colin Grassie, Scottish Rugby Chairman, said: “I have enjoyed getting to know Dee during her time as Vice-President and I am sure she will bring passion and integrity to the role of President.

“Her appointment is a significant one, and comes at a time when Scottish Rugby’s ambitions at home and abroad continue to grow.

“As a former player and having held various positions at her club and at Scottish Rugby, I know Dee will be a great ambassador for our country and our sport.”

Ian Barr from Lasswade RFC was voted as Vice-President, also on a two-year term.