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: Chris Kelly
Chairman: Andy Cosslett
Chief Executive Officer: Bill Sweeney
Director of Professional Rugby: Nigel Melville
Chief Financial Officer: Sue Day
Rugby Development Director: Steve Grainger
Chief Commercial Officer: Simon Massie-Taylor
Legal and Governance Director: Angus Bujalski
Board of Directors
Andy Cosslett (Chairman)
Bill Sweeney (Chief Executive Officer)
Nigel Melville (Director of Professional Rugby)
Rob Briers (Chairman of the Community Game Board)
Chris Cuthbertson (Chairman of the Governance Standing Committee)
Sue Day (Chief Financial Officer)
Phil de Glanville (Senior Professional Game Board Representative)
Deborah Griffin OBE (World Rugby Representative)
Simon Massie-Taylor (Chief Commercial Officer)
Stephen Pearson (Director without portfolio)
Dominic Proctor (Senior Independent Non-Executive Director)
Genevieve Shore (Independent Non-Executive Director)
Jonathan Webb (World Rugby Representative)
Helen Weir CBE (Independent Non-Executive Director)Malcolm Wharton CBE (Director without portfolio)
Representatives to RFU Council
The Professional Game Board is composed of representatives of the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby, Championship Clubs and the Rugby Players’ Association. It was set up in 2008 with a remit to monitor and manage all issues to do with playing professional rugby in England, ranging from season structure to player welfare.
The current members are: Chris Booy (chair), Nigel Melville, Phil de Glanville, Martin Corry and Richard Hill (RFU), Mark McCafferty, Ian Ritchie and Bruce Craig (PRL), Damian Hopley and Mark Lambert (RPA), Geoff Irvine and Sir Ian McGeechan (Championship Clubs).
The Community Game Board advises the RFU Council and Board of Directors on policy relating to the community game, and recommends and monitors objectives and resource allocation within the community game.
The current members are: Rob Briers (chair), Nigel Gillingham (chair Game Development Sub Committee), Jim Chapman (chair Competition Development Sub Committee), David Ewing (chair Player Development Sub Committee), David Roberts (chair Club & CB Development Sub Committee), James Cook (chair Rugby Growth Sub Committee), Phil Attwell (chair Education & Age Grade Sub Committee), Malcom Caird (Women’s & Girls’ Game), Ben Lowe, Steve Grainger, Sue Day, Nigel Melville (RFU).