Ben Buckley re-elected as Kangaroos chairman

North Melbourne chairman Ben Buckley was re-elected alongside fellow directors Glenn Archer and Sonja Hood at the club's annual general meeting on Wednesday night with Paul Crapper unsuccessful in his bid to join the Kangaroos' board.

Buckley, who oversaw a dramatic overhaul of the club's football department and administration in 2019 with the chief executive, senior coach, list manager and football manager all replaced, said the vote showed the members supported the shift.

The Kangaroos face a tough 2020 with CEO Ben Armafio, coach Rhyce Shaw, list manager Glenn Luff and football manager Brady Rawlings all in their first year in the job however their rookie coach says they are aiming to make finals.

Buckley, who played 74 games with the Kangaroos, has been club chairman since taking over from James Brayshaw in 2017 while Archer and Hood filled casual positions until their election.

Archer is a favourite son having won a Norm Smith medal and two premierships in his 311 games. He was named Shinboner of the Century, is in the club’s Team of the Century and was a three-time All-Australian. He is a director of Kode Entertainment group.

Dr. Sonja Hood is the CEO of Community Hubs Australia and chair of the Macauley Community Services for Women. Hood helped establish the club’s community arm, The Huddle, when general manager of community engagement at North Melbourne.

Members could vote for up to three candidates and elected to retain the current directors on the Board.

"We have a fantastic board who are committed to the growth of North Melbourne and our aspiration to climb up the ladder, and to achieve our fifth premiership," Buckley added.

"Tonight’s vote shows North members endorse the direction of the club and the changes that have been made, and share our excitement for the future."

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