RFU Council Election

The RFU Council, together with the RFU’s Board of Directors and the Executive Staff govern and administer rugby in England.

The Council has a number of responsibilities, principally monitoring and oversight of the Board on behalf of the members, and acting as a conduit for information to and from the game as a whole. Council members are also full voting members of the RFU (alongside clubs, Constituent Bodies, National Representative Bodies and Referee Societies) and are entitled to vote at the RFU’s Annual General Meeting and Special General Meetings.

Council members are elected for terms of three years, up to an aggregate maximum of nine years (with some limited exemptions). As a Constituent Body of the RFU, Kent (i.e. the KCRFU, KSRFUR or any individual from a voting member club – which also includes schools, colleges, universities) is entitled to elect one individual to represent the CB’s interests. Its current Council member, Roger Clarke’s first three-year term will draw to a close at the end of the 2020-21 season; it is Roger’s intention to stand again. As is required by RFU Regulation 18, we will soon be commencing the process to elect the CB’s Council member for the three-year period from 2021-22.

There are no qualification criteria for a candidate – for example, candidates do not need to be members of a CB committee, or even a club member. Nevertheless, it is important that the Council has a diverse range of talent available to it, which is representative of the game as a whole, and the communities involved. To this end, we are seeking nominations of individuals to stand for election (proposed and seconded, as set out below); we welcome applications from across our rugby. A copy of the Job Description is attached.

Proposal of Candidates:  Candidates must be proposed by one full voting member club and seconded by another full voting member club.  A CB itself can propose or second a candidate. To be eligible for election, the CB must have received the nomination in writing (email is acceptable) from both the proposer and the seconder to office@kent-rugby.org by no later than Monday 1 March 2021. If either is received after this deadline, the CB cannot accept the candidate.  Even if a CB assumes that a club will be a proposer or seconder, unless it has this in writing from the club, it is not valid and the candidate cannot be included in the election process.

Further details as to the hustings and voting process (incl. eligibility to vote) will be announced in due course.

Nigel Fray

Director of Governance, KCRFU