The VRU is seeking nominations for new Board members.
Tim North QC – VRU President
Tim is the President of the Victorian Rugby Union Inc., appointed in March 2010. Prior to this date he was a director of the VRU from 2006. Tim has held various positions representing Victorian rugby including Director and Secretary of Australian Juniors Rugby Union Ltd from 2007 to 2010 and within the Victorian Schools Community.
He is a member of Queen’s Counsel. He has practiced as a barrister specializing in commercial litigation for 30 years. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators and Affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.
Tim was appointed as President of the VRU and Weary Dunlop Rugby Foundation to represent the interests of the Victorian Rugby Community on the Board.
Rick Boykett – VRU Director
Rick played junior schoolboy rugby in Melbourne, before joining the University club, where he played many average games from Colts to First Grade and Masters. After 10 years in club administration roles including a term as President, he joined the Board of the Victorian Rugby Union in 2010. With a particular interest in growing the Junior playing base and improving the transition to senior club rugby, Rick is passionate about the value and importance of the Melbourne Rebels in these objectives.
Outside of rugby, Rick runs a product engineering group for an international climate and water-heating company, and is assisting the establishment of a Foundation to give opportunities for disadvantaged young men and women.
Neil Hay – VRU Director
Neil Hay has been playing or involved in the administration of rugby for over 40 years.
He played in the UK for Thanet Wanderers and Barnes RFC. He was Director of Rugby and Head Coach at Barnes RFC.
For 4 years he was U20’s Coach and Head of Playing Operations at Melbourne RFC.
He is Head Coach of the Melbourne Chargers and took them to their second Bingham Cup in Sydney in 2014.
2015 will be his 7th season coaching Monash University 7’s side for the Australian University Games.
He has been on the Board of the VRU for the last 2 years.
Neil is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is Managing Director of Hay Capital Pty Ltd consultancy and a Director at Serafini and Hay, property developers.
Darren O’Brien – VRU Director
Darren O’Brien is currently the Asia Pacific President for the Cheese and Grocery Categories of Mondelz International. Darren has had a 25 year career in the food and beverage industry, spanning roles in sales, marketing and general management across both Australia and Asia.
Darren has refereed rugby in Melbourne since 2000 after relocating from Sydney. Darren has refereed at both the representative and local level and served on the VRRA committee on numerous occasions prior to joining the VRU board in 2014.
Sue Renkin – VRU Director
Sue is an experienced business leader and company director who possesses in-depth understanding and strengths in the areas of executive coaching, corporate governance, strategic planning, business growth, fiscal management and risk management. Sue has been responsible for turning a number of businesses from loss making enterprises to profitable entities in her roles as Chief Executive. Sue now enjoys a portfolio career including non-executive directorships and executive coaching and currently holds several roles as Chair of the Board.
Sue was a finalist in the Women Chiefs of Enterprise International (WCEI) Business Leaders award (1995); awarded the Victorian and also the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year for private companies with more than 100 employees (1997); received the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2012).
Sue is an avid rugby supporter and is a Foundation Platinum member of the Melbourne Rebels and several of her family are also members of the Rebels.
Owain Stone – VRU Director
Owain is a financial and corporate governance expert, gained through a professional career of over 25 years as a Chartered Accountant. His specialties include: Forensic accounting – expert witness work, loss and damage analysis, e-discovery, fraud investigations and fraud risk management.
Owain has held a number of volunteer roles in community rugby including:
An active Victorian Rugby Referee over many seasons; President of the Victorian Rugby Referees Association (VRRA).
Treasurer of the Melbourne Unicorns Rugby Club.
Marina Jury – VRU Director
Marina has spent almost 15 years working in both legal and commercial roles, across a range of sectors including property development and accommodation (Quest Serviced Apartments), rail (VicTrack – government business enterprise), local government (Bayside City Council) and automotive (GM Holden and Mercedes-Benz).
Marina has extensive expertise in a broad range of areas, including corporate governance, risk management, engagement with local and state government, strategic planning, complex contractual negotiations, crisis management, procurement processes, sponsorship negotiations, dealing with diverse internal and external stakeholders, workplace health and safety, property and leasing.
Furthermore, having managed several board committees, Marina has a very good understanding of the role played by a board, the obligations and responsibilities of its members, and how boards interact with the organisation itself.
Marina is closely affiliated with grassroots rugby and in particular junior rugby, as both her boys have been playing rugby since the age of 4.
Marina is also a Non-Executive Director of the Parenting Research Centre and a member of its Audit Committee.