The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body of rugby union in England and a Co-operative and Community Benefit Society, a legal status which means that it operates to reinvest all profits back into the sport.
The RFU aims to win recognition for the way it governs the sport, ensuring all involved in rugby are appropriately and fairly represented and protecting the sport’s integrity and standing.
The Union has a Board of Directors appointed for three-year terms of office, with maximum time limits. The inclusion of independent non-executive directors is stipulated in the RFU’s Rules, with the role of Chairman also open to an independent person elected by the Council.
Patron: HRH Prince Henry of Wales
President: John Spencer
Chairman: Andy Cosslett
Chief Executive Officer: Ian Ritchie
Chief Officer, Business Operations: Stephen Brown
Rugby Development Director: Steve Grainger
Digital, Marketing and Communications Director: Joanna Manning-Cooper
Chief Commercial Officer: Simon Massie-Taylor
Professional Rugby Director: Nigel Melville
Board of Directors
Andy Cosslett (Chairman)
Ian Ritchie (Chief Executive Officer)
Stephen Brown (Chief Officer Business Operations)
Simon Massie-Taylor (Chief Commercial Officer)
Deborah Griffin OBE
Helen Weir CBE
Malcolm Wharton CBE