New chairman to guide Ipswich board into the future
A NEW chairman of directors for Rugby League Ipswich is to be appointed on Monday night after some key changes at the recent AGM.
The position became available after former chairman Jack Rhea was not re-elected on the RLI's five-member board.
Ipswich Brothers official Dane McQueen was elected as a new board member, joining current directors David Nugent, Victor Attwood, Denise Hanly and Craig Maudsley.
RLI manager Brendon Lindsay confirmed a new chairman of directors would be decided at a meeting on Monday night.
It follows the formation of RLI last year, when the Ipswich Rugby League and Ipswich Junior Rugby League merged into one company.
McQueen said Rhea had played an important role in his time as former IRL and last year's RLI chairman.
"He will be sorely missed,'' Lindsay said.
"He has been involved in our game not only as chairman for those years but also involved in the referees and with clubs like Goodna and Redbank prior to that.
"He's definitely been a major bonus to our game out here, in particular the senior game.
"The board of directors thanked him for his services at the AGM and I know all the clubs are very appreciative of the support he's given them over those years.''
McQueen, 47, joins the board of directors having recently been named Volunteer of the Year in the 2017 City of Ipswich Sports Awards.
He has fulfilled a number of important volunteer and club roles in junior development, coaching and first-aid in recent seasons.
With no voting rights, Lindsay said it was up to the board of directors to appoint a new chairman on Monday night.
Nugent has played a vital role in recent seasons, especially working with the junior rugby league competition.
Former deputy mayor Attwood and former councillor Hanly have strong community profiles and considerable business experience.
Ipswich City Council chief operation officer Maudsley is currently on leave.