RUGBY Football League chairman Richard Lewis will leave the governing at the end of April to take up the role of chief executive of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon.
Richard’s decade in charge at the RFL has seen the organisation acknowledged as one of the most efficient and professionally managed governing bodies in the country, and has recently been nominated for the prestigious Sports Governing Body of the Year Award for the second year in succession.
He leaves the RFL having overseen the latest round of record breaking TV contracts and with more people watching, viewing and participating in rugby league than ever before.
RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “It is my firm belief that history will record Richard’s stewardship of Rugby League as a golden decade for the sport where considerable progress was achieved across all fronts.
“He brought integrity, independence and credibility to everything he and the RFL did, and he leaves safe in the knowledge that the sport is undeniably in a far better condition than when he joined in 2002.”
Richard Lewis said: “I leave the RFL after 10 fulfilling years during which the sport has grown and prospered. I am extremely grateful to all the colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to work.
“Rugby League is a wonderful sport full of great people in both the professional and community games. I have enjoyed tremendous support during my tenure, from the Board, colleagues at the RFL and throughout the sport in general.
“I leave with a mixture of sadness but also excitement at taking up another wonderful opportunity.”
Senior non-executive director Maurice Watkins CBE will take over as Interim Chairman.