Crawford, Ross elected to ORFU board

Megan Crawford
Megan Crawford
Megan Crawford and Leanne Ross are interesting newcomers to the board of the Otago Rugby Football Union.

The pair were elected at the ORFU’s annual meeting last week.

Crawford joins on a three-year term as a replacement for Amy Wilson-White, who did not seek re-election after her term, and Ross joins on a one-year term to fill the place left by the departure of Donna Harpur-Swain.

Neither appears to have a traditional rugby background but that is no longer a surprise as the union seeks to have a more diverse board with plenty of financial, business and marketing acumen.

Crawford is the general manager of business development at Dunedin Airport.

She joined the company in 2013 after serving as the manager of executive education at the University of Otago, and a stint in London where she worked in marketing for a consumer finance company.

Ross is the chief customer officer with Netsafe New Zealand.

Before that, she was the inaugural executive director of the New Zealand Game Developers Association, and was director of marketing, sales and communications at Otago Polytechnic.

Leanne Ross
Leanne Ross
Ross, married to Oamaru-raised former professional rugby player Bronson Ross, moved to New Zealand from Belfast in 2016.

The other newcomer to the ORFU top table is country identity Bob Perriam, who replaces Roy Daniel as president.

Perriam played senior rugby for the Cromwell, Taieri and West Taieri clubs, was a long-serving member of the Cromwell club committee, and served on the Otago Country Rugby board for six years, including two as chairman.

Roger Taylor was reappointed to a three-year term on the ORFU board, and the Metropolitan Club Rugby Council reappointed Darryl MacKenzie as its representative on the board for another two-year term.

The other board members are incumbent chairman Peter McCormack, incumbent deputy chairman Warren Moffat, Sarah Middleton and Craig Brown.

Roles will be confirmed at the board’s first meeting on May 6.

John Hammer and Paul Hessian have been reappointed to the board selection panel.