NSW Rugby Union partners with SRI for CEO Search

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21 November 2019, Sydney, Australia – NSW Rugby Union Chairman, Roger Davis, today confirmed details of the internal and external search to find the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer.

With the incumbent CEO, Andrew Hore departing at the end of the 2019 Season, the NSW Rugby Union Board seek renewed leadership for the business.

“The Club is poised to enter its next phase of growth and requires a CEO with the skillset, experience, character, leadership and drive to ensure the NSW Rugby Union maximises our huge potential. The governance structure is bedded down, the stadium issue is reconciled, the funding for our High-Performance facility and administration centre is secure and planning is well-underway.”

The role will have a strong emphasis on community rugby.  “The community business model has been revamped, but this demands renewal and reinvigoration, and our CEO must inspire and align the Rugby community. Developing new and strong development pathways particularly with junior programs and schools will be a primary focus. Meanwhile, of course, Waratahs success will have a halo-effect on the entire organisation” said Davis.

NSW Rugby Union has selected global executive search firm, SRI, which specialises in executive and management talent in sports, media and entertainment, to lead the search. SRI’s clients have included numerous international organisations across the sports, media and entertainment industries, including rights holders, professional clubs & teams, international federations, governing bodies, corporate sponsors, venues, major events, broadcasters, media owners, agencies and sporting goods brands. SRI has significant pedigree in the global rugby industry.

Davis also confirmed that NSW Rugby Union’s Chief Operating Officer, Philip van Schalkwyk, has been appointed Interim CEO ongoing until further notice.

“SRI is delighted to be selected to lead this search,” said SRI ANZ Managing Partner, Jonathan Harris. “NSW Rugby Union and the Waratahs have an attractive position in the Australian sport and entertainment landscape and the position has already attracted a significant amount of interest.”

For further information on the search, interested candidates should contact Jonathan Harris or James Curtis at SRI on jharris@sriexecutive.com or jcurtis@sriexecutive.com.


About NSW Rugby Union

NSW Rugby and the Waratahs are the pre-eminent Rugby organisation in Australia and are pivotal to the success of the Sport in Australia. NSW Rugby Union aims to be the pride and inspiration of NSW on and off the field from the bush to the beach for the love of Rugby.  For more information, please visit https://nsw.rugby/

About SRI

SRI is an executive search and talent consulting firm across the sport, media, content and entertainment landscape. We have deep expertise in these dynamic, disrupted and increasingly interconnected sectors. We partner with our clients to find the game changing talent that will help them thrive. Our services include executive search, emerging leaders search, hiring strategy, board assessment, succession planning, salary benchmarking, new market entry consulting and multi-vacancy projects.  For more information, please visit www.sriexecutive.com

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