Nathan Godfrey has resigned as CEO of the Canterbury Rugby Union. Godfrey is only the third Chief Executive to occupy this position, following in the footsteps of Steve Tew and Hamish Riach.
“I’m really proud of our achievements over the past 2 years; including re-positioning the CRFU brand as diverse and inclusive, introducing new technology that better connects our rugby clubs and schools, securing a commitment to build the new stadium in Christchurch, and celebrating the Canterbury Women’s and Men’s teams winning their respective NZ Championships in 2017.
“Developing the All Blacks ‘game of three halves’ match, and seeing it sold out, was also a special highlight” said Godfrey.
Godfrey remains open regarding the next chapter in his career. “I resigned before going on study sabbatical in August to complete my MBA, but out of respect for Hamish Riach’s departure as Crusaders CEO, I chose to delay my announcement until now”.
“In the short term my wife is returning to work from maternity leave and I’ll be ‘daddy day care’ to our 9-month old daughter Hazel” he joked.
At 40 years of age, and with commercial experience across four codes in Australia and New Zealand, Godfrey is confident his leadership skills are transferable inside or outside the sports industry: “ultimately my motivations lie in contributing to projects and brands that align with my core values” he said.
CRFU Chairman Pete Winchester acknowledged Godfrey’s positive contribution to Canterbury Rugby: “Nate has demonstrated strong leadership throughout a period of significant change for both the CRFU and Crusaders, and on behalf of the Board we thank him for his vision, energy and high standards. We remain committed to the diversity and inclusion plan that he has helped shape over the past 2 years”.
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