The Rugby Football Union (RFU), England’s governing body for rugby union, has named Sue Day as its new chief financial officer.
Day becomes the first woman to be appointed to the position, which she will assume in early 2018. She will be responsible for financial planning, management and reporting, legal and governance and technology, as well as having a voting membership on the RFU board.
The 45-year old - a former England women's national team captain - will report to directly to Steve Brown, chief executive of the RFU.
Day joins the organisation from accountancy firm KPMG, where she was appointed as a partner in 2015. She is a qualified chartered accountant and has spent the last 20 years in financial roles at the company working as a lead partner on a number of high-profile mergers and acquisitions.
In 2013, Day became the first female president of Aviva Premiership Rugby team Wasps.
“Rugby has been a huge part of my life, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to combine my passion for rugby with my professional experience in senior financial roles and in developing high-performing teams," said Day. "This is an exciting time for England Rugby at all levels of the game and I’m looking forward to joining the senior team at the RFU and playing my part in encouraging rugby and its values to flourish across England.”
Brown added that it was a “very exciting appointment for the RFU” and that Day’s “top-quality financial experience and knowledge” will help England “become the world’s leading rugby nation”.