Merger CEO still on cards

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2013

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South Canterbury Cricket has scrapped plans to announce a new chief executive in the hope the South Canterbury Rugby Union (SCRU) could come on board and share the position.

South Canterbury Cricket Association president Andrew McRae said acting executive officer Mark Medlicott would continue in the role until the end of the season in March.

Medlicott has been in the role since David Fisher left in November but the move to try to get a duel chief executive was the motivating factor in not announcing a permanent replacement.

McRae said Medlicott was the only candidate left standing for the position after a second applicant pulled out. He said the job would be re-advertised again at the end of the season but hoped that between now and then, South Canterbury Cricket and the SCRU could come together to create new criteria for the role which would see the person split their time as South Canterbury Cricket executive officer and SCRU chief executive.

With the cricket role a part-time position of 20 hours a week, a full-time position could be created if rugby and cricket came together which would act as an incentive for potential candidates.

Medlicott, who is still a board member of South Canterbury Cricket, said he had not been approached about the joint role and would need to consider his personal business interests if an offer was made.

"It (the idea of a joint chief executive) has been discussed several times at board level in the past and I think such a move would be a good one down the track but it is not for me at this time. It would open up a few doors to have one person in both roles because there is some synergy there with sponsorship and marketing but I don't think discussions have gone too far yet."

SCRU chairman Brent Isbister said last week his organisation was interested in working with South Canterbury Cricket to join forces.

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- The Timaru Herald

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