Following an Independent Consultant’s Review, a Special Meeting of the
QRL Board of Directors decided that –
• The Board of Directors should comprise eight persons –
- 3 Regional Directors
- 3 Independent Directors
- Managing Director/Chief Executive
• The three established Advisory Committees continue to be chaired by Independent Directors
• The QRL Referees’ and Juniors’ Boards be re-structured.
• Head Office and Division Management options be investigated.
• The Review of Regional Boundaries be continued.
A Boundaries Review was carried out by a Board appointed Boundaries Committee chaired by an Independent Consultant, Brian Canavan.
Other Committee Members were Paul Bell (Chairman, QLGA), Peter Cummiskey (Executive Director, Q Sport), Peter Nolan (Football Manager, Brisbane Broncos) and Bill Weir (retired QRL Solicitor).
Interviews were conducted with 55 representatives of all stakeholders/groups.
In addition, 10 public submissions were received.
Of these, 76% viewed that a change in the Divisional Boundaries assignment was important for the progress of the QRL Governance and Management. 54% of respondents were in favour of a reduction in the number of Divisions.
On presentation of the Report in July, the Board agreed unanimously to adopt the Boundaries Committee recommendation that the number of Divisions be reduced from five to three.
Following feedback from the Division Boards of Delegates it was decided that the three Divisions would be:
- South East
While the boundaries of the South East and Central Divisions are not as recommended by the Consultant and the Committee, the Board agreed to respect the views of the former Wide Bay and South West Divisions and allowed them to merge fully with the current Central Division.
This expanded Division will be monitored over the next two years and then be reviewed.
The structures of the new Divisional Boards will mirror the QRL Board with Independents chairing the Referees’ and Juniors’ Bodies in each Division. The changes are to become effective from the Annual General Meeting of each.
The QRL is well placed to meet the ever increasing challenges and demands that will continue to arise in the next decade.
With the reduction of the Regional Directors on the QRL Board to three, Directors Tim Bliss, Brian McGuire and Brad Tallon will not hold Office for the 2010 year.
The Chairman and the remaining Directors thank all three gentlemen for their contribution and hope that they continue their involvement with our game.
More Governance to come.