Premiership Rugby confirms that Quentin Smith’s term as Chairman will conclude on 30 June after six very successful years in the role.
Quentin was elected as the League’s first independent Chairman in September 2010 after stepping down from his previous role as Chairman of Sale Sharks, where during his 10 year tenure, the club was crowned Premiership Rugby and European Rugby Challenge Cup Champions.
Over his six years as Chairman of Premiership Rugby, he has overseen an unprecedented period of growth in the club game and has orchestrated the evolution of the Premiership into the best and most competitive league in world rugby.
Under his Chairmanship, the long-term deal between the clubs and the Rugby Football Union has provided a platform for the growth of the game enabling the clubs to thrive with record attendances. There have been substantial increases in television and commercial revenues, and a complete overhaul of European club competitions.
As a member of the Professional Game Board, he has been central to the overall shaping of the professional game in England through the partnership between the clubs, the players and the RFU. Most recently, he has also served as an independent director of England Rugby 2015, the organizing body for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which was the most successful ever.
Mark McCafferty, Premiership Rugby CEO said: "Quentin has served the clubs outstandingly well over the last six years and provided clarity and resolution for them to prosper against the background of challenging economic conditions. He has brought professional skills, creativity and commercial acumen to the role of Chairman. As a result, the club game is in great shape and well-placed to continue its growth through the next phase."
Quentin Smith said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to serve the great game of Rugby which would not have been possible without the support of the clubs, the Board and the hard work of those in Premiership Rugby.
"I am immensely proud of what we have achieved as a team – I am certain that the game will continue to grow and prosper at all levels. I will miss the intense involvement but feel that Premiership Rugby is in safe hands such that I can pursue fresh challenges and return to watching the game that I love."
At its next meeting in June, the Premiership Rugby Board will confirm the search process for the next Chairman, which is anticipated to take some months, and will elect an interim Chairman from the Board to cover the intervening period.