Tasman Rugby Union Director, Scott Ford, is a new appointment to the BNZ Crusaders’ Board, following the Crusaders Limited Partnership AGM earlier this month. Ford has been appointed as the Shareholding Provincial Union’s representative, replacing outgoing Board Member, Brent Isbister. 

BNZ Crusaders Chairman Grant Jarrold acknowledged the outstanding service that Mr Isbister provided to the organisation from 2016 to 2018, and welcomed Scott Ford to the Crusaders' Board: “On behalf of the Board, I’d like to thank Brent for his immense contribution to the BNZ Crusaders during his tenure. His strong background in rugby governance at both club and provincial level has proved invaluable, and we are fortunate for all of his time and energy, as well as the knowledge he has imparted over the last three years.

“Scott also has extensive experience in club rugby throughout the Crusaders’ region, and we are confident his passion for the community and provincial game, as well as his exceptional management skills, will be a strong addition to our existing Board. 

“It was also fantastic to officially welcome Colin Mansbridge at the AGM, in what was just his first week in the role as Chief Executive,” Mr Jarrold said. 

Ford was a stalwart of club rugby in both Marlborough and Christchurch during his 33-year playing career - representing Shirley, Merivale-Lincoln, Kaikoura and Nelson clubs, and captaining Canterbury Maori for three seasons - before moving on to coaching and governance roles. He is a current Independent Director of the TRU, a position he has held since March 2016. Scott’s father is 4-test All Black, Brian Ford. 

Mr Ford said he was looking forward to making a contribution to the BNZ Crusaders: “I feel very privileged and honoured to be joining the Crusaders Board of Directors as a representative of the partnership unions outside of Canterbury. I very much look forward to working with the existing Board to help build on the great work that has already been achieved, in striving to maintain a high level of performance and excellence as an organisation.”

Attendees of the AGM were also advised that Natalie Thain has been reappointed for a further term on the BNZ Crusaders’ Board.