Away from the field of play, rugby depends on a large body of individuals who voluntarily administer Rugby, at both County and club level. The recent changes to the RFU’s structure, as a result of the Covid crisis, will very likely result in a greater workload being placed on County officials to fill the gaps and to ensure that the game is run effectively and that clubs in Kent are well supported.

The key to achieving this is to ensure that the County, having regard to its responsibilities under the Equalities Act and the desire to meet its diversity & inclusion objectives, is able to identify and recruit competent and committed individuals to fill the many and varied roles that are involved in running the game, and thereafter, to foster their development and progress in line with their ambitions. Bringing in new people helps to promote new ideas and to ensure that there exists within the County a conveyor belt of good quality people to compete for roles for the benefit of Rugby within Kent.

To this end, the County wishes to appoint a suitably qualified (ideally, with HR experience) Succession Planning Manager, who, reporting to the Executive Committee, will act on the County’s behalf to identify suitable individuals (e.g. through the Leadership Academy and its alumni) and to encourage them to apply for the roles that exist at any given time. The role will also engage in contingency planning, to ensure that, should any current postholder be indisposed, a suitable replacement has been identified to cover the role for the period required.

A copy of the job description, which also sets out the skills and competencies required, is below. Applications are invited by 6th Nov and should be sent by email to Tracy Pettingale at office@kent-rugby.org . Interviews will be held as soon as possible, with a view to an appointment being made by the end of November at the latest.