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Templeman and Higginson join as Non Executive Directors

02 November 2011

  • RFU appoints two new Independent Non Executive Directors
  • Miles Templeman and Andrew Higginson roles approved by RFU Council
RFU new Independent Non Executive Director Miles Templeman

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The Rugby Football Union Council has approved a Board of Directors recommendation for the appointment of Miles Templeman and Andrew Higginson as Independent Non Executive Directors of the RFU.

Miles Templeman has spent the last seven years as Director General of the Institute of Directors and was previously CEO of Bulmers and Managing Director of Whitbread Beer and Thresher. He has wide experience as a Non Executive Director and Chairman currently with Melrose plc and Shepherd Neame and previously with YO! Sushi, Ben Sherman and Accenture. His early career was with Procter and Gamble, Beecham and Levis in major brand marketing roles.

Andrew Higginson has been a Main Board Director of Tesco plc for the last 14 years, first as Finance and Strategy Director, and for the last three and a half years as Chief Executive of their Retailing Services business. His early career was with Unilever, Guinness, Laura Ashley and the Burton Group, and he has been a Non Executive Director of FirstGroup, Clarks and (currently) BSkyB.

RFU Chairman Paul Murphy said: "The Rugby Football Union is a growing organisation with a complex business model. Miles and Andrew are two high calibre individuals who will bring complementary experience and skills of great range and depth to the RFU in terms of Corporate Governance, and Commercial, Financial and Strategic acumen.

“Both are passionate about rugby and both have significant experience as Non Executive Directors in a wide range of sectors which will enhance the running of our business.

"These two appointments demonstrate our commitment to best practice and good corporate governance of the Rugby Football Union. They address one of the recommendations of the recent Blackett report."

Higginson said: "Rugby is a great sport to be involved in and I’m delighted to be joining the RFU Board. Rugby is healthy in financial terms and in the richness of its deep-rooted values. I’ve seen the benefits of those values and the camaraderie it promotes at first hand through my involvement in the game as a parent and a volunteer.

"The sport faces many challenges but I hope to bring experience of creating winning organisations in tough markets, my own strengths in man management and team building, and a range of insight gained in over 30 years in business. As well as my executive career, I have a range of experience as a Non Executive Director, including in the professionally managed, family-owned business, Clarks Shoes, and in the media with BskyB."

Templeman said: "I am delighted to be joining the RFU board not only to help resolve the concerns and difficulties in governance and structure at the top of the game but also to help the development and success of rugby union both at a professional level and throughout the community game."