November 06, 2019

Laurence Corlett named CEO of Taranaki Rugby

Former Taranaki and Hurricanes hooker and current interim Commercial Manager Laurence Corlett has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Taranaki Rugby Football Union.

Corlett, will take over from interim Chief Executive Paul Veric and will commence the role on 20 January 2020.

TRFU Chairman Lindsay Thomson was delighted to announce Corlett’s appointment.

“While there was interest from a number of highly qualified applicants, Laurence’s skill set was what set him apart. He brings with him a thorough understanding of the organisation, both from the perspective of being a former professional player, and through being our interim Commercial Manager over the last couple of months. He has a strong business background and combines this with a real passion for Taranaki Rugby, and the province in general. He has strong links and contacts with the rugby industry which will assist him as he moves into his new role”.

After having a strong on-field playing career, Corlett played 10 games for Canterbury while at University competing an economics degree. He also played for the Hurricanes and notched up 64 caps for the amber and blacks between 2005 and 2012. While playing professional rugby, Corlett worked fulltime as a rural bank manager for BNZ, a role he had since 2008.

Corlett has developed knowledge and expertise, establishing and maintaining business relationships, implementing innovations and demonstrating strong leadership in his previous roles.

Corlett said he is excited about the new opportunity with Taranaki Rugby and is looking forward to leading an energetic and passionate team.

“Rugby has always been a big part of my life, and I’m looking forward to helping rugby flourish in our province. It is a huge privilege for me to take on this great opportunity. I feel that the Interim Commercial Manager role I have had over the last few months, as well as my financial background will be of benefit as we move forward as a union.”

He said he is grateful to have the support of his family who are also heavily involved in rugby. His three sons currently play, and wife Paula manages the Francis Douglas Memorial College 1st XV and assists with organising rugby at the College.

Thomson also took the opportunity to thank Veric, who has been the interim Chief Executive since August after previous CEO Jeremy Parkinson resigned to purchase a business in his home province of Northland.

“Paul has been outstanding, leading the organisation through a period of change, and offering to provide some additional support in 2020”.

He said a comprehensive handover period with Veric and Corlett will take place.

Laurence Corlett named CEO of Taranaki Rugby