Cran­brook old boys in tur­moil

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MORPHET

A BIT­TER brawl has bro­ken out within one of the coun­try’s most pow­er­ful old boys’ clubs.

Two alumni of the ex­clu­sive Cran­brook School, in Syd­ney’s east, are both claim­ing to be the pres­i­dent of the pres­ti­gious Old Cran­brookians’ As­so­ci­a­tion in a dis­pute now in­volv­ing lawyers.

Baby-prod­ucts busi­ness­man Ja­son Gra­ham-Nye has de­clared him­self the new leader, de­spite ob­jec­tions from the out­go­ing pres­i­dent, Wagga Wagga-based dig­i­tal mar­keter Tom Ken­dall.

Mr Gra­ham-Nye made a rare and con­tro­ver­sial chal­lenge for the top job at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on De­cem­ber 5.

His move came af­ter the as­so­ci­a­tion made a re­ported $100,000 loss on a “su­per re­union” in Oc­to­ber to mark the school’s 100th an­niver­sary. The event was ru­ined by a storm.

But Mr Ken­dall claims the elec­tion of any new com­mit­tee mem­bers at the AGM in De­cem­ber is in­valid.

How­ever, Mr Gra­ham-Nye said: “I am the pres­i­dent and I have ev­ery in­ten­tion to carry on as pres­i­dent.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the old boys and school is not pos­i­tive or pro­duc­tive ... and I plan to re­store that re­la­tion­ship and rein in spend­ing.”

Mr Gra­ham-Nye con­ceded it was rare to call for an elec­tion at an AGM.

Mr Ken­dall “resched­uled” the AGM for later this month where a “fair, open and trans­par­ent” elec­tion will be held.

In a let­ter sent to alumni, Mr Ken­dall claimed the “meet­ing pur­port­ing to be the AGM” should have been can­celled be­cause mem­bers weren’t given enough warn­ing. He claimed to have the back­ing of Cran­brook head­mas­ter Ni­cholas Samp­son. Mr Samp­son said if the two men could not re­solve the is­sue he would have to sup­port Mr Gra­ham-Nye on the ad­vice of lawyers.

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