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Ulster Rugby Announce Hugh McCaughey As Interim CEO

Ulster Rugby Announce Hugh McCaughey As Interim CEO

Ulster are currently seventh in the BKT United Rugby Championship standings, and have a round of 16 clash with Montpellier in the EPCR Challenge Cup on Sunday week ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Ulster Rugby, together with the IRFU, are pleased to announce Hugh McCaughey, former Chief Executive of South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland, as the province’s interim CEO.

Following the departure of Jonny Petrie earlier this week, Hugh will commence his interim role with Ulster Rugby next Wednesday (April 3).

McCaughey has extensive experience in the public sector in Northern Ireland, but also has contributed hugely to rugby, both provincially and nationally.

He coached a number of high profile Ulster and Ireland players at age-grade level, including Rory Best, Stephen Ferris, Chris Henry, Tommy Bowe, and Andrew Trimble, as well as having served as manager of Ulster Rugby, and also the Ireland Men’s Sevens team at the 2009 Sevens World Cup.

In addition, he has coached at schools level, and chaired the Ulster Rugby Academy from 2015 to 2019.

Since retiring, he has taken on roles with a number of charities, most recently becoming Chair of Crescendo in October 2022.

Commenting on the appointment, Paul Terrington, Chair of Ulster Rugby’s Management Committee, said: “Hugh is a welcome addition to Ulster Rugby. His senior organisational leadership experience, not only in the local public sector but also in the rugby world, is hugely advantageous for us at this time.

“He has a proven track record of delivering in the challenging area of healthcare, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact he can have with Ulster Rugby.”

McCaughey added: “I have been a passionate supporter of Ulster Rugby for over 40 years, and I am proud and delighted to be joining now as interim CEO.

“Over the past decades, I have been involved with Ulster Rugby in many guises, including coach, manager, player, and a vociferous supporter on the terraces, as well as influencing how the game is played, coached and governed at club, provincial and national level.

Whilst the post is an interim appointment, I don’t see it as a case of holding the reins. Ulster Rugby has recently faced challenges, but it is my belief that in the coming months, we can achieve much and also lay the foundations for future success.

“I am committed to doing all that I can to bring success to the province I care so deeply about.”