Professor Lorne Crerar CBE to become Interim Chair of Scottish Rugby Union

Professor Lorne Crerar CBE to become Interim Chair of Scottish Rugby Union

Professor Lorne Crerar CBE will become the Interim Chair of the new Scottish Rugby Union (A Company Limited by Guarantee), as part of the governance reforms presented in June 2022, if the final documentation implementing those reforms is approved at a Special General Meeting next week.

Professor Crerar was appointed as the independent chair of the Standing Committee on Governance (SCOG) of the Scottish Rugby Union Council in January 2022, succeeding Gavin MacColl KC, and completed an on-going review of the governance of Scottish Rugby in May of this year.

A Special General Meeting, scheduled for 28 September, will see a motion presented to the Union’s members to approve documentation for the new governance structure, based on the Standing Committee’s recommendations. These were initially approved by an overwhelming majority of the members of Scottish Rugby Union, primarily the clubs, at a previous Special General Meeting in June.

As part of the new governance structure, the new company, limited by guarantee, will own the organisation’s main operating vehicle and oversee its activities, and will also provide a reporting function to the organisation’s members.

As Interim Chair, Professor Crerar will work alongside seven other “Custodians” who will make up the new company’s board. If the motion is passed, he will be in post from 1st November 2022, for a period of 12 months.

John Jeffrey remains Chairman of the Scottish Rugby Board which will continue to oversee the operational, commercial and executive functions of Scottish Rugby on a day to day basis.

Scottish Rugby President, Colin Rigby said: “It gives me great pleasure in informing the membership of Lorne’s proposed appointment, which will bring clarity around the transition to the proposed new governance structure and its future implementation, if passed by the membership on the 28th of September.

“Lorne’s long history in governance and leadership coupled with his experience in rugby union makes him an ideal person for this role. I look forward to working closely with Lorne to make a positive impact for all stakeholders, including clubs, our people and society.”

Professor Lorne Crerar CBE said: “As Interim Chair, it is an immense privilege to be asked to take on this role and responsibility. This is a crucial period for our game, which requires everyone involved to be working together, collaboratively and constructively, as we continue to deliver positive changes in a thoughtful and beneficial way for all.

“I have been very fortunate that rugby has provided me with many opportunities, which have helped shape my outlook on life and work. I am looking forward to working with my fellow Custodians, and the rugby community.”

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