Port Elizabeth – The Southern Kings have confirmed the appointment of Leigh Heard as their new Chief Operations Officer.
After 27 years
of involvement in professional rugby, Heard’s wealth of experience is set to be
exceedingly beneficial for the Eastern Cape franchise.
Charl Crous, who departs from the Southern Kings to join PRO14 Rugby in
Ireland in his new position of Head of Operations.
Heard spent 22
years at The Sharks (Pty) Ltd where she held pivotal positions including
Financial Manager (1994-2008), Chief Financial Manager (2008-2013) and Chief
Operations Officer (2013-2014).
Since 2015 she
has been consulting to various businesses, including the Southern Kings,
with a strong focus on commercial, financial and operational aspects of
She holds a
B.Com: Finance degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal.
“When we began
our search for somebody to fill the position of COO, we were intent on finding
an individual who would be able to see through our ambitious vision of turning
this franchise around into the world-class entity we, as the GRC, envision,” Southern Kings chairman, Loyiso Dotwana, said.
“Leigh not only
comes with a wealth of experience from her involvement in professional rugby
and business, but her traits as an accomplished leader, dedication, competence
and loyalty is exactly what we need in this new era for this franchise.
her, and wish her the very best in her new role.”