Belfast Telegraph

Ex-Ulster Rugby chief Logan to lead pioneering Bryson Group

Former Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan
Former Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Former Ulster Rugby chief executive Shane Logan is to take charge of one of Northern Ireland's biggest social enterprises.

Mr Logan, who departed Ravenhill in August following a turbulent year for the club, will step into the role at Bryson Group next month, leading a team of more than 900 employees across the group's six companies.

The appointment will present a new challenge for Mr Logan following his eight-year role at the helm of Ulster Rugby.

He left after 12 months of turmoil off the pitch, including the fallout from the rape trial involving players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding.

Both were acquitted of all charges, but had their contracts revoked following an internal review by the IRFU.

The team also saw performances fall below standard on the field, as well as having to cope with the departure of two coaches in Les Kiss and Jono Gibbes.

Mr Logan will replace John McMullan, who has led the Bryson Group for the last 17 years.

Hugh Crossey, chair of the Bryson Group, said Mr Logan was selected from over 50 senior executives who applied for the post from across the UK and Ireland.

He said: "Shane stood out for us in terms of his proven track record of senior roles in a wide range of local and international organisations, both in the private and third sector. These organisations include Royal National Institute for the Blind, BP, Harland & Wolff plc and more recently Ulster Rugby."

He added that Mr Logan was effective in building teams and "getting the best out of people".

Mr Logan said it was an "honour and privilege" to join Bryson Group.

He said: "I very much look forward to working, in partnership with staff and clients, to continue Bryson's vision of Building Better Futures. Bryson has a long and proud history of delivering and shaping people's lives for the better.

"Bryson is a pioneer of the social enterprise sector in Northern Ireland and is at the forefront of tackling some of the major issues facing society, including fuel poverty, unemployment and environmental issues, to supporting vulnerable individuals, families and children.

"I very much look forward to using my experience and meeting the challenge of delivering further growth to the Bryson Group for the betterment of our staff, clients and the wider society we serve."

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