Rugby Victoria announces departure of CEO

Rugby Victoria and the Board of Directors announces today that Chris Evans has decided to step down as the Chief Executive Officer of Rugby Victoria after 15 years of dedication to supporting Victorian Rugby.

Beginning his journey with Rugby Victoria as a 21-year-old, Chris has made significant contributions to Rugby Vic over 15 years and has played a crucial role in the growth and development of rugby across the state.

Chris began his journey with Rugby Victoria as a Development Officer before rising through the ranks to become Rugby Victoria CEO in 2017.

His achievements include growth and participation of the game across Victoria, expansion of the public school system, driving Rugby Victoria’s diversity and inclusion initiatives to ensure Rugby remains a game for all and securing the Victorian Rugby Centre of Excellence at La Trobe Sports Park – which will continue his legacy into the future.

Speaking on his time at Rugby Victoria, Chris said it has been an incredible privilege and honour to serve the game he loves for 15 years.

“I am grateful to the hundreds of volunteers and dedicated staff that support the game week in, week out,” he said.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Board for their leadership and support over many years.”

On behalf of the Board, Rugby Victoria and the wider Victorian Rugby community, we would like to take the opportunity to thank Chris for his service, leadership and unwavering commitment to the ongoing growth and development of Rugby in our state.

Chris’ passion for the game over many years is evident to everyone he meets, and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.

Rugby Victoria Board has asked Shelley Nowlan, General Manager Commercial, Marketing and Strategy to step up as Acting CEO for a three-month period following Chris’ departure to allow the Board to work through the transition period.

The Board and Rugby Victoria would like to congratulate Shelley Nowlan on her appointment, and we look forward to continuing to grow and develop Rugby in Victoria.


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