Former AFL legal adviser Jeff Browne appears set to become Collingwood’s next president after incumbent Mark Korda brought forward his departure from the position.
- Mark Korda was appointed as Collingwood president in February
- Korda will remain at the club as a director
- Jeff Browne, Renee Roberts and Barry Carp have nominated for a position on the board
Korda will see out his term on the Magpies’ board but will stand down as president before the club’s general meeting on December 16.
Taking over Collingwood’s presidency in February after the departure of Eddie McGuire, Korda has had to contend with the threat of board challenges and member-led emergency general meetings.
Browne, who is a close friend of McGuire, has made no secret of his desire to take control of the board.
Bridie O’Donnell’s contentious appointment as a board member lasted only four months, with work commitments forcing her to leave last month.
Korda, who had already announced he would quit the board at the end of next year, will now just remain as a director but not as president.
In a letter to members on Thursday, Korda confirmed Browne, along with Renee Roberts and Barry Carp, had nominated for a position on the board.
“The board welcomes these nominations and the important contribution they can make to the club’s future success and the journey of renewal which the club has undertaken in recent years,” Korda wrote.
“Following the AGM, the newly elected board will meet to appoint the next president of our great club.
“As I have only one season left on the board, I will not be a candidate for the presidency.”
Collingwood will have their third president in less than 12 months after McGuire served in the role for 22 years before resigning in the wake of his bungled handling of the so-called Do Better report into racism at the club.
The Magpies will be hoping for a smoother 2022, with new coach Craig McRae officially appointed as Nathan Buckley’s replacement last month.