Brian Barwick RFL Non-Executive Chairman
Brian Barwick brings a wealth of experience in sport and broadcasting to the role, having held a number of senior positions including, Chief Executive of the Football Association, Controller of Sport at ITV, and a number of key roles within the BBC, including Head of Television Sport.
Brian Barwick was Chief Executive of the Football Association from 2005 to 2008 where he saw through the completion of the new Wembley Stadium, launched the Respect campaign and was involved in the appointment of England’s senior coach on two occasions. He was also a board member of Wembley Stadium Ltd and FIFA’s Legal Committee and UEFA’s National Teams Committee.
At ITV he was responsible for all ITV Sports coverage including the 1998 FIFA World Cup during which the highest audience in ITV’s broadcasting history was achieved (28 million people for the England vs. Argentina World Cup tie).
From 1979-1998 Brian Barwick held a range of senior roles within BBC Sport. He was responsible for award winning coverage of the BBC Sport television portfolio including, the summer and winter Olympics, FIFA World Cups and outstanding national events like the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, Wimbledon, the Open Golf and the Grand National, and the FA Cup Final. He was Editor of Match of the Day from 1987-1995.
Brian Barwick studied economics at Liverpool University and began his career as a reporter on the North Western Evening Mail. He is married with two sons. He currently holds a number of posts including a visiting Professorship of Strategic Leadership at The School of Management at Liverpool University. He is the founding partner of Barwick Media and Sport, a global sport and media consultancy. Brian Barwick will take up his part-time post as RFL Non-Executive Chairman with effect from February 1.
Nigel Wood: Chief Executive
Appointed Chief Executive of the RFL in October 2007 after six years as Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer, Nigel has led the organisation's financial recovery which resulted in the incorporation in 2006 as well as consecutive years of profitable trading.
At international level, Nigel is a Director of Rugby League’s European Federation. In addition to this he serves as a trustee of the RFL Facilities Trust and the Rugby League National Museum, Heritage and Arts Foundation.
Before joining the RFL, Nigel was Chief Executive of Halifax RLFC during their time in Super League. He had previously enjoyed a long career playing and administrating in grass roots Rugby League.
Prior to this he worked as Deputy Head of Finance for BBC North.
Maurice Watkins CBE: Senior Non-Executive Director
As a senior partner at Brabner Chaffe Street, a successful law firm based in Manchester, Maurice is one of the most prominent lawyers in sport.
A Director of the world's biggest football club, Manchester United FC, he also holds a number of high-profile positions in football both at home and abroad.
He is a Director of the British Association for Sport and Law, a member of the FA Premier League Legal Advisory Group, Regional Chairman for Coutts Bank, Chairman of the Greyhound Board for Great Britain, and Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity.
Maurice has most recently been appointed Interim RFL Chairman following the departure of Richard Lewis. Richard left the RFL after 10 years as Chairman to take up the role as Chief Executive of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon.
Maurice will lead the board as they search for a new Chairperson and also review the game's governance arrangements ahead of any new appointment.
Bob Stott: Non-Executive Director
Bob has extensive experience in the highly competitive supermarket industry including 20 years at Director level with Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc including a successful period as the organisation's Chief Executive.
Bob is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Leeds Building Society, the Greyhound Board for Great Britain and Frank Roberts & Sons Ltd.
Bob brings a wealth of experience to the RFL having enjoyed a track record of success and delivery in an organisation where cost control was of paramount importance. He also boasts strong commercial skills and significant experience on various Board committees, as well as being a keen follower of many sports.
Clare Morrow: Non-Executive Director
Clare is currently Chair of the tourism marketing agency Welcome to Yorkshire. She previously spent 15 years at ITV Yorkshire, where she was Controller of News and Regional Programmes.
During her time at ITV, Clare also held the position of Head of Sport for a time and was responsible for Yorkshire Television’s Rugby League output for many years. This included the creation, development and production of the Rugby League Raw series of programmes which won several national Royal Television Society sports awards.
Clare is a non executive director of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Network Manager of the Broadcasting and Creative Industries Disability Network. She is also a trustee and school governor at Hollybank School in Mirfield.
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