Experienced Bob Patterson appointed interim president of NRF

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Long-time football leader and administrator Bob Patterson has been appointed interim president of Northern Region Football.

The former CEO and chair of Auckland Football, Patterson has been appointed by the NRF board, in line with the federation’s constitution, after no nominations had been received for the role at the 2022 annual general meeting.

Ross Robertson had decided to stand down from the role.

Bob is well known in our football whānau from his time as Auckland Football Chair and CEO, and serving on New Zealand Football’s Executive Committee until 2022.

In an email to stakeholders, NRF said: “The NRF board will seek nominations for the president’s role for a fresh election at the NRF AGM 2023, with the outgoing president eligible to stand again if they wish.

NRF chair Andrea Nelson said: “It’s fantastic to have Bob’s leadership and deep understanding of football in our region in the interim president’s role. We welcome him on board and look forward to working with him.”

Patterson (79) has held many roles in football, including several interim roles to help organisations through short-term changes.

He’s been interim CEO of Central Football, and was interim chair of AFF, and spent two years on the Executive Committee of NZ Football, leaving this year.

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