Cowboys board asks Sandra to pack down in front row
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