Darren Childs to step down as Premiership Rugby CEO

21 Apr 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

Darren Childs will step down as CEO of Premiership Rugby after almost exactly two years in charge, and will leave the organisation ‘over the coming weeks’.

Childs will ‘focus on a wider range of business interests’ after leaving the role, according to Premiership Rugby, and will act as an advisor to CVC Capital Partners, which has been in partnership with Premiership Rugby since 2018.

“After a huge effort by the whole team, I am pleased that we have managed to navigate the many challenges of COVID-19 and that Premiership Rugby is able to look ahead with real optimism,” said Childs. 

“While now is the right time for me to step back and focus on a wider range of business interests, I will remain a committed and enthusiastic supporter of club rugby as the sport completes its recovery and returns to growth in the years ahead.”

Premiership Rugby says details of its ‘leadership succession plans’ will be announced in due course.

Childs took over as CEO of the organisation in April 2019, replacing Mark McCafferty who also became an advisor to CVC Capital Partners upon stepping down as Premiership Rugby CEO.

In the role, Childs has led Premiership Rugby through the coronavirus pandemic, completing the 2019/20 season, as well as securing £88 million worth of support in loans for member clubs as part of the government’s sport survival package.

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