The Board of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles has today announced that Tim Cleary will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of Joe Kelly.

Mr Cleary is the current Principal of St Augustines College in Brookvale.

Sea Eagles Club Chairman Scott Penn said the appointment will be effective in December.

“Tim will join the Club at the end of the year when he concludes his term as Headmaster. During his 15-year tenure, St Augustines College has grown to be the largest school on the Northern Beaches,’’ Mr Penn said.

“He has strong commercial experience, is an outstanding communicator, and is an expert at stakeholder management. Tim is well known in the community as a Manly local and has been a passionate supporter of the Sea Eagles for many years.

“Tim has tremendous development experience with the expansion of the St Augustine campus and will bring that experience to the fore through our Brookvale Oval redevelopment and Centre of Excellence plans.”

Mr Cleary said he was delighted to have the opportunity to lead the Sea Eagles in 2017.

“Having the privilege of guiding 1,200 young men across the road from Brookvale Oval for the past 15 years, I have had nothing but admiration for the Sea Eagles and their winning culture,’’ Mr Cleary said.

“There is an exciting future at Manly with the redevelopment of Brookvale Oval and the opportunity to create a Centre of Excellence at Narrabeen.

“We also have an amazing amount of emerging talent in the NRL team. I am looking forward to helping the Sea Eagles grow and prosper.”

Mr Penn paid tribute to outgoing CEO Joe Kelly.

“Joe has worked tirelessly over the last two years to reshape the commercial operations of the Club and we thank him for his contribution to the Sea Eagles,’’ Mr Penn said.

“On behalf of everyone at the Sea Eagles, we wish Joe and his family all the very best for the future.”

Mr Kelly said he wishes the Sea Eagles well for the future.

“I have had 10 good years back in the NRL, including the last two years at Manly, after working for Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League,’’ Mr Kelly said.

“I am looking forward to a break with my family before making a decision on my future. I wish the Sea Eagles great success going forward.”