Taranaki Rugby - TRFU Board

TRFU BOARD

ANDREW THOMPSON
Chairman

Elected Director

Andrew Thompson has been involved with the Taranaki Rugby Board since 2015, where he was co-opted a year before becoming an elected director.  Andrew has held the position of Chairman since 2020.

Andrew is currently General Manager and shareholder of the privately owned agricultural business Agrisource previously having held global senior management roles within the agricultural crop protection field.

Andrew has held administration roles for the New Plymouth Old Boys Rugby Club with particular interest in the junior rugby area and was a former first-class player for the Counties Rugby Union.

CHERRY BLYDE
President

Cherry is married to Steve, (31 years). Cherry and Steve are Dairy Farmers, and have four children. All four have played and three still are playing rugby. Cherry has been involved with rugby since 1990 when Taranaki first had a Womens team. Since then she has been involved with the game; Coaching (Junior Rugby), Junior Convenor of Clifton, Manager for Taranaki Women 7’s teams, worked for TRFU as Secondary Schools Liaison 2013-2016. Cherry is very passionate about the grass roots rugby and the development of the Girls/Womens game.


​​​​​​​KEVIN BARRETT
Vice President

DAN RADCLIFFE
Appointed Director

Dan Radcliffe is a Taranaki entrepreneur and businessman who lives in North Taranaki with his young family. Through his work in business, Dan has enjoyed a number of successes, including the New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 and being inducted into the World Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2015. Dan is affiliated to the Clifton Rugby Club - the club he played for as a junior.