Multiple code roles for Fisher
South Canterbury Cricket chief executive David Fisher is poised to take over a similar part-time position at the South Canterbury Rugby Union.
Fisher has the blessing of South Canterbury Cricket to split his time between the sports.
No-one would officially confirm Fisher has the role at this stage but the Herald understands his contract with the rugby union would also allow him to keep his position as coach of the Timaru Boys' High School first XV in the Crusaders region schools championship.
The 48-year-old Fisher has impressed with his relationship management skills, financial acumen and ability to get sponsors on board since joining South Canterbury Cricket in January last year.
He has a background in management in the banking sector and spent 17 years in Nelson before returning to Timaru.
SCRU chairman Brent Isbister would not comment on whether Fisher had been appointed or offered a contract.
However, he confirmed the union had been in discussions with South Canterbury Cricket and the board had also been looking at how the future structure might look within its own office.
The union may face some flak from rugby clubs for not advertising the job and the pending appointment appears not to have been discussed outside the board.
The SCRU currently contracts Chris Thomas' company Special Events in a sponsorship and marketing role. It seems likely that, and human resources, will be handled in-house.
The union disestablished its chief executive position after a restructuring by the board in January 2009, which led to Ian Hegarty departing.
At the time the reason given was to save the cash-strapped union up to $40,000, although the position carried a salary package well above that.
That left South Canterbury as the only provincial union without a chief executive.
It followed a tumultuous period for the union's administration.
An earlier chief executive Paul Treves was sacked, an interim chief executive, Russell, Leech dismissed provincial coach Ken Wills, for which the union had to pay compensation, and a constructive dismissal payout was made to another chief executive, Wally Bell.
The union already has two part-time office employees as well as rugby manager Cam Kilgour.
Kilgour joined the SCRU in 2009 but has made no secret that he is keen to manage a National Provincial Championship team.
The South Canterbury union also shares the costs of employing referee development officer Colin Hawke with North Otago and the New Zealand Rugby Union and has a part-time rugby development officer in Mike Richardson.
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