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RFU Corporate Governance modernisation

17 May 2013

  • Series of proposals made by RFU Council to modernise corporate governance
  • Result of nationwide consultation road shows in 13 towns and cities
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At the Council meeting held today, the proposals to ensure the RFU’s corporate governance is in the best possible shape as we look towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and beyond, were formally debated in substance for the first time.

This follows an extensive process over 18 months which included full national consultation through 13 road shows, in order to gauge the views of the Game in all areas. The discussions today focused on the key principles emerging from the consultation process, and having listened to the feedback from the Game, there was an overwhelming Council consensus to make a number of changes to modernise the current constitution.

The main proposals approved by the RFU Council are:

The Board will be reduced in size from the current 15 members down to 14.

Each elected member of the Board will be elected for a fixed term of three years subject to serving a maximum of two terms in total.

There will be three independent Non Executive Directors on the Board.

The Chairman of the Board, who for the first time could be independent, will be elected by Council for a period of three years, serving no more than two terms.

Council will have the ability to remove any elected or co-opted member of the Board provided there is a two thirds majority.

Council’s ability to co-opt members will be retained and exercised to allow additional members to be co-opted to promote diversity.

These proposals will now be fully drafted as detailed Rule changes and the process will then see them proceed through an approval process comprising the Governance Committee, Board, Council, and finally ratified by the members at a Special General Meeting during next season.