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Independent Non-Executive Chair & Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Organisation: The Rugby Football League (RFL)
  • Salary: RFL Chair: £50,000 plus expenses RFL Non-Executive Director: £25,000 plus expenses
  • Closing Date: 19 August 2019 | Non Executive Director

Independent Non-Executive Chair & Independent Non-Executive Director

Salary: RFL Chair: £50,000 plus expenses RFL Non-Executive Director: £25,000 plus expenses

Location: Leeds & Manchester

Job Description

The Rugby Football League (RFL) is the national governing body for Rugby League in Great Britain and Ireland and the Board of Directors leads the organisation. 

The mission of the RFL is to consistently deliver great rugby league experiences and the vision is to be a growing, accessible and vibrant sport. 

The RFL runs all the England Rugby League teams. In addition, it owns and is responsible for the operation of and marketing and promotion of the Coral Challenge Cup and the Betfred Rugby League Championship and League 1. Further the RFL has responsibility for developing and growing the grassroots game and the Women’s Super League. The RFL governs the whole sport – all clubs, all players and all participants. 

While there are immediate exciting growth opportunities for the sport, the period up to and including 2021 in particular, represents a unique chance for the RFL Board to continue to move the game forward via the staging of the Rugby League World Cup in England (which will be the biggest and boldest ever held), delivering a new broadcast agreement and the commencement of the next Sport England funding cycle. 

In recent months Rugby League has undergone a strategic review, a change in governance structure and an organisational restructure. These have now set the governing body up as Fit for Purpose and with a renewed focus to meet the challenges ahead in order to be Fit for Future. The next stage is to recruit a new Independent Non-Executive Chair and Independent Non-Executive Director to complement the existing strong Board performance. 

The Chair will be required to be the visible leader for the Board and Sport, whilst internally also ensuring that strategy is tested and professionally executed across all areas of operation. 

The Independent Non-Executive Director will require experience of significant grant funding acquisition and/or delivery of grant funded programmes OR a level of expertise in commercial income acquisition, sponsorship or the commercialisation of intangible assets or properties. 

The RFL is formally recognised amongst its peers for the quality of governance and organisational operation and the successful candidates must ensure that this reputation be maintained. 

As an inclusive sport, the RFL welcomes applications from everyone but has a commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on its Board. We therefore strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates from under-represented sections of the community whether based on sex, gender, race, disability, sexuality or other characteristics. 

Please note applicants must not have a “Relevant Association” with a Rugby League club or the RFL and must not be a Relative of any person who has a “Relevant Association” with a club or the RFL. 

A “Relevant Association” means that at any time within the last 12 months, the applicant is or was: 

• an official of or a partner in or the sole proprietor of a Rugby League club; 
• a creditor of a Rugby League club or the RFL (excluding normal trade credit); 
• a professional advisor to a Rugby League club or the RFL.

How to apply

For a full Candidate Information pack or to find out more please contact Tom Sears, Managing Director, Kinsey Sears at or call direct on 07775 106670.

Closing date for applications is 19 August 2019

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