Source: England Rugby

RFU appoints Helen Weir CBE to its Board

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The Rugby Football Union is delighted to announce Helen Weir CBE will be joining its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director.  Helen is an exceptional businesswoman who combines a high calibre career spanning multiple sectors with a passion for rugby.

Currently the Group Finance Director at John Lewis Partnership, Helen was previously Group Executive Director for the UK Retail Banking business of Lloyds Banking Group and also their Group Finance Director.  She has also enjoyed successful and varied roles in leading British businesses such as Kingfisher, B&Q Plc and McKinsey and Co.

An experienced Non-Executive Director, Helen is currently on the Board of SAB Miller, the FTSE 20 brewer and is also a Trustee of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Helen is a general sports enthusiast and has been involved in both her local rugby and netball clubs. Her passion for rugby means that she has served as treasurer of Beaconsfield RFC, managed a local mini rugby team from U7 to U11, and been involved in Wasps Community Foundation.

Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bill Beaumont, said: “Helen has an outstanding business background which speaks for itself. We are very fortunate to be able to bring her skills to Twickenham for the benefit of rugby in England.  I am confident that her stewardship will prove invaluable as we deliver on our legacy plans for Rugby World Cup 2015. We extend a warm welcome to Helen and look forward to her joining the England Rugby family.”

Helen said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Board of the RFU at such an exciting time for the sport.  Having been involved in grassroots rugby with my local club, I appreciate the importance of a strong base on which to build the success of rugby all the way to the highest level. I very much look forward to being able to contribute to this success.”