Cow­boys board asks San­dra to pack down in front row

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

WHEN the North Queens­land Cow­boys needed a new b o a r d me mbe r , S a n d r a Hard­ing was cho­sen as the best man for the job.

James Cook Univer­sity’s vice-chan­cel­lor and pres­i­dent, Prof Hard­ing is the first and only woman to be ap­pointed to the board since its cre­ation in 1995.

Board chair­man Lau­rence Lancini said Prof Hard­ing was cho­sen be­cause of her abil­ity to con­trib­ute to the club’s grow­ing busi­ness model.

‘‘ As we said to­wards the end of the sea­son the club is hav­ing a top to bot­tom re­struc­tur­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘ We want to de­velop a sus­tain­able model for the club and we see this as the op­por­tu­nity to grow the busi­ness.

‘‘ This lady has in­cred­i­ble knowl­edge in both busi­ness and cor­po­rate gov­er­nance.’’

Ms Ha r d i n g s a i d s h e looked for­ward to con­tribut­ing to what she con­sid­ered an iconic part of North Queens­land.

‘‘ I will help over­see the busi­ness and en­sure the s k i l l s a n d i n s i g h t a r e brought to the busi­ness,’’ she said.

‘‘ I know all of the board mem­bers and I know they are look­ing for a good range of skills.

‘‘ I am on a num­ber of na­tional boards but I take se­ri­ously my role in North Queens­land and mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’’

Mr Lancini said the club ap­pointed peo­ple based on ex­pe­ri­ence and skill.

‘‘ The club is dom­i­nated by fe­males on the staff and there are many fe­male fans and spon­sors . . . we do not dis­tin­guish be­tween t he sexes,’’ he said.

‘‘ This club has a wide foot­print. I have been on the board since 2000 and see the Cow­boys as a big part of the com­mu­nity and as a strong eco­nomic gen­er­a­tor for the re­gion.’’

NEW ERA: San­dra Hard­ing has been ap­pointed the Cow­boys’ first and only fe­male board mem­ber

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