Brindley replaces Barwick as RLWC2021 chair
Rugby League World Cup 2021, the local organising committee of the sport's showpiece tournament in England in two years' time, today named Chris Brindley as its new chairman of the board.
Brindley (pictured), a board member for the past year, is one of the UK's foremost business leaders and succeeds Brian Barwick who announced in April that he was to step down as chair of the Rugby Football League, the sport's national governing body, the top-tier Super League and RLWC2021, albeit he has taken on a newly-created role of president of the World Cup organising committee.
Brindley has worked for the likes of NatWest, British Gas and Metro Bank, and has held a number of non-executive roles across the sports industry, including at the RFL.
Jon Dutton, chief executive of RLWC2021, said: “Chris’ CV speaks for itself. He has a fantastic breadth of knowledge, both from a sporting and a business perspective, which will help us in pursuit of our ambitious goals.”
Barwick will officially relinquish his rugby league posts at the RLF council meeting on 24 July.
He was chief executive of the FA from 2005 to 2008, before which he was controller of sport at ITV and head of television sport at the BBC, the public-service broadcaster.