North Harbour Rugby Names Adrian Donald Chief Executive Officer

21 Jan 2022

North Harbour Rugby Names Adrian Donald Chief Executive Officer

The Board of North Harbour Rugby Union is excited to announce the appointment of Adrian Donald (AD) as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Union. AD’s predecessor, David Gibson, left the union in August 2021 to pursue an exciting opportunity in the construction industry, with Gerard van Tilborg, Chair of the union’s Board, filling the role since.

AD already has a strong history with the Union, through his involvement in North Harbour’s NPC team from 2001 through to 2006, taking part in the team’s historic 2006 Ranfurly Shield win in Christchurch. He continued his involvement in rugby through premier level coaching roles and more recently coaching the North Harbour Development team. Rugby aside, AD is experienced in business, having previously owned two successful bar and restaurants within the North Harbour region, following an impressive corporate career. He has held multiple management roles throughout his working life, which has enabled him to develop strong leadership and communications skills. AD holds a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Sports Management and Economics.

“We are very pleased to have AD on board with the Union. His extensive management experience coupled with his business sense and background in rugby made him an exceptional candidate for the role. AD’s experience in an industry which has also faced and overcome adversity throughout Covid adds to his suitability for the position. We are confident AD will be a force in developing and driving North Harbour Rugby forward, in what could be described as a challenging time,” says Board Chair Gerard van Tilborg.

“I’m really excited to be back with the Union and in Harbour colours again, although this time it will be in a polo. Harbour has made its mark being an innovative and forward-thinking union that plays cutting edge and entertaining rugby. I look forward to developing this reputation further whilst implementing new ideas to grow the union and support its people,” comments AD.

AD will take up the position of CEO of North Harbour Rugby on the 1st of March 2022.


For any further information please contact Gerard van Tilborg

021 947 283

[email protected]

North Harbour Rugby Names Adrian Donald Chief Executive Officer
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