Barwick replaced as World Cup chair

World Cup organisers have announced the appointment of Chris Brindley MBE as the new chair of the board for the tournament, replacing Brian Barwick.

Barwick was appointed to the role following the announcement earlier this year of his intention to step down as chairman of the RFL.

But RLWC2021 has today confirmed that Brindley will instead serve in the position.

Brindley has been a member of the RLWC2021 board since 2018, after having previously occupied senior roles at NatWest, British Gas and Metro Bank, and non-executive roles throughout sport.

Brindley said: “I am extremely proud to have been appointed to the position of Chair of the Board at RLWC2021.

“Already occupying a position on the board, I know that the team has enjoyed a fantastic start on the project and have gained some real momentum.

“It is important to keep this impetus going, and in my new role as Chair of the Board, we will ensure that we work together to ensure key objectives are met, and the team can deliver the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup ever.”

RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton said: “Chris’s 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.

“Moreover, Chris offers a unique set of experiences, which include working with Elite athletes and using sport as the inspirational learning model to inspire success within business.

“His previous successes at GreaterSport will really support our ambitious legacy programme.

“This epitomises the work which is at the core of RLWC2021’s ethos, and as an already valuable member of our board, his promotion to Chair of the Board is well deserved.”

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