London Skolars have announced the resignation of chairman Terry Browne and CEO Hector McNeil, who founded the club in 1995.

The club say that the changes to the board are “primarily a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.”

RL NEWS understands that McNeil’s business interests have been severely affected as a result of the outbreak.

The departures will happen with immediate effect.

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In a statement, the club explained: “Hector has decided to devote the majority of his time, energy and drive to his principal business and his family.

“Subsequently, this means he will no longer be able to lead the club.

“Terry has also decided to dedicate his time to family.

“Additionally, following the government’s advice to self-isolate, he feels a further need to pull back from his commitments to Skolars.

“Terry will be selling his shares to his son, Colin Browne.”

Terry Browne said: “It has been a privilege for Hector and I to have been associated with the club over so many years and be assured we will continue to be its greatest supporters.

“No doubt as the current panic subsides and normality returns, we will also find ways to positively support the club as it moves forward.”

The Skolars statement adds: “The board, staff and players would like to thank Terry and Hector for their immense contribution to the club and the sport of Rugby League in London.

“Their support and guidance has provided the club with firm foundations and allowed it to flourish over the past twenty-five years.”

Colin Browne will become the club’s new CEO, while existing director Adrian Fraine will move into the role of chairman.