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Organisation Structure Structure Organigram's decision-making bodies include the Council, the Executive Board and associated Council Committees.'s decision-making bodies's decision-making bodies include the Council, the Executive Board and associated Council Committees. Council

The Council is’s highest decision-making body and is chaired by Sir Bill Beaumont, the Chairman who sits as an independent. It votes on key decisions over such issues as the hosting rights and competition structure for the Rugby World Cup and has the power to admit or expel unions from its membership.

The most significant changes to Council came in November 2017 when announced that the number of people able to sit on Council would increase from 32 with the 17 new members to be women, aligning with its ground-breaking Women’s Plan 2017-25 and its objective to accelerate the development of women in rugby on and off the field of play and further gender equality at all levels of the game. 

There are currently 52 members of the Council. Executive Board

The Executive Board performs a management role for the Council and is responsible for framing and overseeing implementation of’s strategic plan and application of policy decisions. Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont, Vice-Chairman John Jeffrey and Chief Executive Alan Gilpin sit on the Executive Board alongside seven elected members and two independents.

Associated Committees

In addition to Council and the Executive Board, there are a number of Committees that regularly meet to discuss a range of topics affecting the game.

In October 2020, as part of ongoing governance reform, announced new interim committee structures which included greater global player, coach, independent and female representation.


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