David Trodden steps down as Club Chairman
Friday 14 December 2012 5:08 PM
Wests Tigers wish to advise Mr David Trodden has stepped down from his position as Club Chairman.
Approaching the conclusion of his term in the annual rotating role as Chairman of the Wests Tigers, Mr Trodden said his decision was motivated by the need for Board renewal as the Club enters a new era.
Mr Trodden announced his decision to bring to a close his eight-year tenure as Chairman or alternating Chairman at a meeting of the Club’s Board last night.
“I hold a view that it is healthy for any organisation to have regular reinvigoration by bringing new people into leadership positions with fresh ideas and enthusiasm,’’ Mr Trodden said.
“In my view, as much as I have a very strong emotional attachment to my Club, no one person owns senior board positions at the Club and everyone has an obligation to make sure that the Club has access to new people and new perspectives.
“With the ARLC structure bedded down, the new funding arrangements for NRL Clubs flowing from the League’s broadcast rights deal in place, the decision to field one combined Wests Tigers team in next season’s NSW Cup competition and the appointment of a new NRL coach, our Club is entering a new era. Now is the appropriate time for me to step aside from the role.”
Mr Trodden added Football Clubs should be run from football proceeds rather than expecting Leagues Clubs to fund them.
“We have positioned the business to the point where it can be taken to the next level, so it’s appropriate to look at reinvigorating the Board leadership,’’ he said.
“I’m extremely proud of all that the Club has achieved over the past 10 years. It’s been an incredible privilege to have been involved with Wests Tigers as Chairman.
"The obvious highlights were the 2005 NRL Premiership and this year’s Toyota Cup Premiership.
“The greatest personal legacy for me will be the wonderful friendships I have been able to develop with a really special group of people in a really special Club.”
Balmain Tigers have nominated Mr Nick DiGirolamo as their representative to become the Chairman of Wests Tigers for the remainder of the current term.
“Whilst the appointment was unexpected, it is one I am very proud and privileged to accept.
David Trodden has been an outstanding Chairman at Wests Tigers over many years and is someone who is held in the highest esteem by his peers across the game,’’ Mr DiGirolamo said.
“He has been instrumental in developing this Club into what it is today. Beyond David’s tireless work for Wests Tigers, he has also played an integral role in the establishment of the NRL Clubs Council and has represented all NRL Clubs with great distinction in key strategic discussions with the Australian Rugby League Commission.
“Both of the Wests Tigers shareholder groups, the Balmain Tigers and the Wests Group, sincerely thank David for the significant contribution he has made to Wests Tigers.”
Wests Tigers fans have picked up a win before the 2014 NRL season has even begun following today’s draw release.