Canberra - The Brumbies have appointed Michael Jones as the
club’s Chief Executive Officer for the next three years.
According to the Brumbies’ official website, Jones returns
to his hometown Canberra to tackle the role with the Brumbies having most
recently held the Chief Executive’s position with investment banking and
corporate advisory firm, Canterbury Hill Advisory in Sydney.
Jones said it was exciting to be back in Canberra working
with an organisation he has followed closely his entire life.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity, there is a lot of
work to get the Brumbies and community rugby to where I want it, but I’m excited
by the challenge,” said Jones.
“Our board and financial issues have been very public and well
publicised. I’m happy the board is now unified and focused and that we have
plans to reverse our commercial trend.
“Some of that work will take a while, but one of the biggest
areas we need to work on is getting Canberra behind us. Buying memberships and
coming to our home games is the most tangible way that people and businesses
can support us and ensure our success.
“The brand of the Brumbies and the quality of the playing
group are the strengths of this organisation and are essential elements as we
seek to turn this organisation around.”
Jones has enjoyed a diverse and highly successful business
and high-performance sport-governance career both in Canberra and throughout
He was the founder and inaugural Director of the Australian
Olympic Sailing team which achieved huge success in both Beijing and London. In
his role with the Australian Sailing Team he was nominated for the Australian
Sports Administrator of the Year and won the ASC Program of the Year.
His brother Geoff Jones was the Brumbies first Assistant
Coach in 1996 and Michael Jones himself played rugby at an elite level,
representing the ACT U21s in 1981 out of the RMC.