Philip Gregg of Ballynahinch RFC was elected 125th President of IRFU Ulster Branch at the province’s AGM last week.
The appointment marks another significant announcement for Ballynahinch RFC, where the AGM took place, as Philip’s appointment follows the news last month that John Robinson of the club has been elected 133rd President of the Irish Rugby Football Union.
A life-long member at ‘Hinch, Philip served as a player with distinction, captaining the club’s first XV in 1989 and 1994-95. He also represented Ulster Juniors as a player and captain. Following his playing career, he became involved in the running of the club, holding a number of key positions before being elected Club Chairman for seven years at Ballymacarn Park.
Philip has been a member of the IRFU Ulster Branch Committee for 17 years, holding the position of Senior Vice President for the last three years, as well as serving on the Rugby Committee, Professional Game Board (PGB), and Women & Girls committee.
Since 2006, Philip has been Managing Director at Profast – a company he joined in 1989 as a Sales Representative. He is married to Barbara with three grown-up children and four grandchildren.
On his appointment, Philip Gregg said:
“I’m humbled and honoured to be elected President of IRFU Ulster Branch. It’s a huge honour, and I want to express my sincere thanks to my club, Ballynahinch RFC, together with the Officers and Council of Ulster Rugby for placing their faith in me as the incoming President. I’m really looking forward to this year in office.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my wife, Barbara, and our family. Without their incredible support none of this would be possible.”
Chair of the IRFU Ulster Branch, Paul Terrington, added:
“We are delighted that Philip has been elected as President for the season ahead, and he is set to bring a wealth of knowledge to the position, given his extensive experience across the game as a player and leader.
“On behalf of the Branch Committee, and wider organisation, I wish Philip every success in the year ahead, and we look forward to supporting his ambitions to grow and develop rugby across Ulster.
“A special thanks also goes to our outgoing President, Gary Leslie. Gary made a valuable contribution over the years he served, especially given the challenges of COVID-19 faced by the province.”