24 Sep Thomson Stepping Down and Thomson Stepping Up
Michael Thomson has notified the Board of Brumbies Rugby that he will be stepping down as CEO of the organisation effective 19 October. In a seamless transition, Phil Thomson will take over as CEO on 22 October.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to resign my position at Brumbies Rugby,” Michael Thomson commented about the announcement. “I care deeply about the organisation, the people who make it, Canberra and the game of rugby, particularly in our region.
“The last two seasons have been ones of challenge and growth and I would hope that we are in a better position now than when I came back to the club. I have really enjoyed the journey and am sure at times I will look back and wish I was still in the role. That said, I was appointed to help stabilise Brumbies Rugby and set the platform for the future and I believe this has been achieved.
“With a second profit in two years, a stable, strong and cohesive board and management, significant increases in participation levels, a squad and coaching team well positioned to push deeply into finals and the cycle of activity at the Brumbies, as well as a young family who are growing up too fast, I feel that now is the best time for me, and the organisation to make this decision.
“I would like to thank the Board, the staff, the members and supporters and the teams, for the support that has been provided to me. I have really enjoyed working with everyone and this is one of the many things I know I will miss.
“It has been a privilege to have been at the Brumbies on and off for nearly four years and to have had the opportunity to lead the organisation, for that I am very thankful. I fully support the appointment of Phil Thomson to the position of CEO. He is an extremely capable man of integrity and is justifiably held in high standing in the rugby community, and our region, and I wish him every success.
“I will, of course, remain a passionate Brumbies member and supporter and would urge all who care about the team to join up. I am very confident there are many good times ahead.”
Michael Thomson is keen to stay in Canberra and is considering a few different opportunities with a decision as to his future to be made in the coming months.
Phil Thomson will take over as CEO upon Michael’s departure, a role that he filled on an interim basis from May to December 2016 when he was employed by the ARU, and is looking forward to continuing to build the organisation both on, and off, the field.
“I am very happy to accept the position as CEO and I thank the Board for their support,” Phil Thomson said. “I’m looking forward to starting in the role and continuing the good work that Michael, the staff and Board have done over the last couple of years.
“I have been involved in the running of organisation over the last two and a half years, as Interim CEO, then as a Board Director and as Chairman of the Board, the latter from December 2017 to date. As Chairman of the Board I have worked very closely with Michael and the Brumbies Executive and I feel that I am in a good position to transition smoothly in the role.
“The Board would like to thank Michael for the work that he has done over the last two years as CEO of the Brumbies. Michael is very passionate about the club, and rugby in our region, and we respect his decision to step down from the role to spend more time with his family.”
“He has led the Brumbies through some challenging times and it is through his direction that there is now stability and growth within the organisation and renewed sponsor and stakeholder confidence and community respect.”
Matt Nobbs, who is currently Deputy Chairman of the Board, will step in as Acting Chairman through until the AGM in December.