Steve Brown was appointed RFU Chief Executive on 1 September 2017.
Brown joined the RFU as Chief Financial Officer on June 10, 2011. He also served as Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, responsible for organising the England 2015 Rugby World Cup, widely acclaimed as the most successful Rugby World Cup ever. The impact of hosting the event saw the highest annual turnover in the RFU’s history and record investment in rugby. He was subsequently appointed RFU Chief Officer, Business Operations
Before joining the RFU, Brown was the UK operation of Abbott, the global, broad-based health care company, where he was UK Finance Director for five years after a decade with the company, covering a number of other senior financial positions, including UK Pharmaceutical manufacturing and at Abbott's Paris-based Commercial Regional Headquarters.
Prior to joining Abbott, Brown spent three years as the Business Support Manager and Group Head of Finance for British Energy PLC. He originally trained as an accountant in the National Health Service where he held a number of financial roles including Audit Manager for a group of eight NHS Trusts.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Karen and three daughters.