Days after fresh blood was ushered onto the Group Nine board, newly elected member Larry Collins has stepped down.
Collins was one of 12 people looking for a place on the Group Nine executive at the annual general meeting on Sunday, and one of only three existing members to be re-elected, but resigned on Wednesday night.
Collins said a combination of medical issues and a change of role at work led to the sudden decision.
“I was a bit hesitant to start with to nominate again but chucked my name in the ring,” Collins said.
“But with all these changes I really haven’t got time.”
With a new leader at the helm, changes are already under way which will see board members have a number of different roles.
Collins believes there is going to be a lot more involvement in administrative duties and admitted that also contributed to the decision.
He was to be heading into a fourth year as a Group Nine director.
Collins is also the Tumbarumba president and with the Greens’ player woes he wasn’t expecting to be on the board for much longer.
Collins told The Daily Advertiser on Monday he didn’t think he would be re-elected after former president Jack Morton, vice president Ray Carr, treasurer Brian Walker and Pat Wilesmith missed out but was going to have one more year.
However things have quickly changed.
Collins is certain he would have stayed if Morton had been re-elected on but is happy with his decision.
“If you can’t put 100 per cent into a job then you might as well give it away,” he said.
It’s an early hurdle for new president Peter McDermott.
Marketing manager Peter Hylwa has also resigned.
McDermott said a number of board members had already been looking at sponsorship agreements
The vacant role of treasurer will become part of the operations manager duties.
Andrew Morton currently fills the role but it is advertised yearly.
The board is able to appoint a replacement for Collins for a term until the next AGM but McDermott said it wasn’t at the top of the priority list.
“At this stage there has been no talk of anyone wanting to put their hand up,” McDermott said.
“We’ll start another group discussion about that but at this stage we are trying to clean up and work out finances so it is a priority but not a big priority.”