Thomson appointed Brumbies chairman

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by Beth Newman

Phil Thomson will take over as Brumbies chairman, after Robert Kennedy stepped down at the club's AGM.

Thomson has filled a number of roles at the Brumbies over his career, a former team manager and interim chief executive in Canberra last year, after the departure of controversial boss Michael Jones in 2016.

He will become the third chairman in five years, with Kennedy opting to hand over the reins, though he will remain on the board.

“I want to continue to build on the good year that we have had on and off the field,” Thomson said.
“There have been plenty of positives on the rugby front and for the organisation to post a small profit is a very good turnaround from the previous three years.
“There have been strong performances this year across our community rugby.

"The growth in participation numbers throughout the region has been strong, the men’s and women’s high-performance pathways programs have performed admirably and the Plus500 Brumbies have finished on top of the Australian conference and made the finals for the fifth year in a row.
Michael Thomson has been appointed Brumbeis CEO. Photo: Brumbies“We will remain focused on building strong connections between all areas of the rugby community. I look forward to working with the board and Brumbies staff to ensure that we have continued success on and off the field, across all areas of the game.
Kennedy said he was satisfied with the status of the organisation.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to be chairman of the Plus500 Brumbies,” he said.
“I am happy that I have left the organisation in a good place and fully support Phil to continue with the great work we have started over the past couple of years.”

Brumbies CEO Michael Thomson, who took over at the start of 2017, said Rob had handled a tumultuous tenure well.

“Rob presided over some challenging times and he worked tirelessly and in the best interest of the Brumbies during his term as chairman.

"Also, thanks to Carmel McGregor who is stepping down as a Director for all her efforts over the last four years.”