Official Results of the Parramatta Leagues Club Board Election
Parramatta Leagues Club is pleased to confirm the seven directors who have been appointed onto the Parramatta Leagues Club Board and confirm that Mr. Stephen Sharp is the club’s new Chairman.
Deputy Chairman is Mr. Tom Issa, with Mr. Lawrence Shepherd, Mr. Peter Serrao, Mr. Robert Sassen, Mr. Eric Grothe Snr and Mr. Sid Kelly completing the Board.
Chairman Mr. Roy Spagnolo, who polled 10th, is not a member of the new Board.
The new Board, as was advised at the recent 2013 Annual General Meeting, sought
legal advice on the
ruling of the returning officer, that his declaration of only six
directors to the Board. However, it has since been adjudged
that under the Parramatta Leagues Club constitution, the vacant position should
be offered to the Football Club director who polled highest in the Parramatta
Leagues Club Board election, that being Mr. Kelly who polled eighth.
This was necessary following Mr. Robert Sassen’s decision to resign as a director of the Football Club, which meant that only two of the elected Parramatta Leagues Club directors had the necessary special qualification of being a Football Club Director. Subsequently, Mr. Chiang Lim who polled seventh was not appointed to the Board, and following the club’s legal advice, the final position was offered to Mr. Kelly, who accepted the directorship.
Chairman Mr. Stephen Sharp said that the new Board has been mindful to ensure that the final make-up of the Board adhered to the club constitution’s intent and prior precedents, and legal advice was clear that Mr. Kelly should have been offered the vacant Parramatta Leagues Club directorship.
“It was important to the Board that the final make-up of Directors be as close as possible to the wishes of the Membership, as expressed through the election result. On the basis we sought legal advice on the matter and that advice was conclusive.”
“On behalf of the membership, I would like to congratulate all of the new Directors on their appointments and we now look forward to putting politics behind us, and moving forward on the matters that are important to the success of the Leagues Club and the Parramatta Eels.”
“I’d also like to thank former Chairman Mr. Roy Spagnolo, as well as former directors Mr. Joe Saad, Mr. Mario Libertini and Ms. Lyn Wallace for their service to the Club. And most importantly, the Board’s appreciation goes out to all of the Members who took the time to vote at the recent Parramatta Leagues Club election, and we assure you that this Board will work tirelessly to provide successful guardianship over your Leagues Club and the Parramatta Eels.”
Eric Grothe Snr Resignation from Board
Mr Eric Grothe Snr has resigned from the Board of Parramatta Leagues Club Limited, Parramatta National Rugby League Club Limited and Parramatta Power Soccer Club Limited effective 29/5/13.