Constitutional change heralds in a new era for Victorian rugby  

In a historic evening, the boards of Rugby Victoria (RV) and Melbourne Rebels came together to unanimously vote in support of constitutional change to usher in an exciting new era for Victorian rugby.

The Annual General Meeting, attended by newly appointed Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle, was held on the eve of the club’s season opener against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park.

Among a number of important changes, Paul Docherty was appointed Melbourne Rebels Chairman and Tim North QC stepped down from his role as the club’s interim Chairman.

The AGM also saw North elected President of Rugby Victoria for a fifth consecutive two-year term and North will also fill the newly created position of Melbourne Rebels President, a role reserved for the RV Chairman now enshrined in the constitution.

All of the resolutions and changes to the constitution were supported unanimously by the annual general meeting.

Docherty has spent a life time in Rugby Union, from his early days as an ACT Schoolboys and Canberra Kookaburras’ representative, later captaining Melbourne University from 1995-1997. Docherty remains involved in Victorian rugby today through his three young sons, who all play juniors for the Melbourne Unicorns.

On being appointed, Docherty said: “After being involved in the Victorian rugby community as a player, coach, parent and partner for more than a decade, it’s an honour and a privilege to be appointed Chairman of the Melbourne Rebels,” Docherty said.

“It’s an exciting time for the Rebels as we kick-off a new era for the organisation this week and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to establishing a foundation of Super Rugby success here in Victoria.”

Human Resources executive Kylie Bishop was also newly elected to the Rugby Victoria board.

Career Profiles:

Paul Docherty

Docherty, a well-regarded Melbourne businessman and entrepreneur, co-founded 3D medical printing company 3DMEDiTech, revolutionising the healthcare industry in Australia, in 2016.

Formerly, Docherty was CEO of Direct Connect, after he founded one of Australia’s largest moving services company in 2004 and remains heavily involved in YPO, a global network of senior CEO’s and business owners, where he serves as the Melbourne Yarra Chairman.

Kylie Bishop

Bishop was appointed Group Executive, People & Culture at Medibank, an ASX50 publicly listed company, in 2013. She is responsible for leading the key people functions across the business including learning and development, talent, capability and culture, performance and reward, shared services, workplace relations and health, safety and wellbeing.

The Melbourne Rebels will kick-off its 2018 Super Rugby campaign at home against the Queensland Reds at AAMI Park tonight from 7.40pm (AEDT).

Join the Rebel Army for the 2018 Super Rugby season with memberships now on sale from as little as $88 for adults, $35 for children and $218 for a family of four for all eight home games. Entry level general mission tickets are from $6 for children, $15 for adults and $37 for a family.