WRU CEO Phillips to resign

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WRU CEO Phillips to resign


Steve Phillips
In September 2020, former WRU Finance Director Steve Phillips was promoted to Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis.

Welsh Rugby CEO Steve Phillips resigns.

Phillips, 58, faced pressure over the Governing Body’s handling of issues raised in the program.

all four regions backed up calls The Welsh Rugby Players Association said they ‘I was appalled by the allegations’.

Phillips initially vowed to continue in his role, but is understood to have listened to growing calls for his resignation.

Two women complained about a “toxic culture,” and another former employee heard racist language being used in a workplace meeting.

Former Wales Women’s Rugby National Team Charlotte Wasan said she considered suicide She claimed that a male colleague had joked about wanting to “rape” her in front of other people in an office environment.

The WRU said the specific allegations were independently investigated, remain unsubstantiated, and are unable to comment further due to the legal settlement.

Amanda Blanc, current CEO of Aviva Insurance Company, said: Tells WRU it has ‘deep-rooted’ cultural and behavioral issues And the union-commissioned review of the women’s game is “beyond disappointment” and borders on “an insult to women.”

Bran, named on Forbes list of the world’s most influential women in 2021, asked in WRU’s resignation speech whether she had “enough business experience” to chair WRU’s expert panel. said it was done.

British Government Women’s Finance Champion and The Sunday Times Businessperson of the Year, Bran announced in November 2021 that after two years as chairman of the Welsh Professional Rugby Board (PRB), she would ‘listen’. I resigned from WRU because I felt that I was not tilted. Necessary modernization ”.

In his resignation speech, Bran was elected WRU after making misogynistic comments in public, including that “men are the dominant race” and that women should “stick to the iron.” He recalled a “really uncomfortable discussion” about easing sanctions on members.

petition Leading to calls for Phillips to resign While there were comments from political and rugby officials, the WRU sponsors expressed concern over the revelations.

Phillips apologized, but Said he was still the perfect person to lead the WRU and did not consider his position. Chairman Evans also initially supported his continuation in the role.

Cardiff director and businessman Hayley Parsons He then called on Phillips and the rest of the WRU board to leave the post.

Her infamous email to Evans was backed by all four Welsh regions, leading the WRU chairman to say the organization “has not listened to the observations and criticism” it has received.

Evans said he was Establishment of an external task force Review the WRU’s ‘culture, systems and structure’, with Sport Wales advising on panel composition and mandate.

Evans is also scheduled to be questioned at Senned about the accusations.

Phillips was appointed as permanent chief executive officer in March 2021 after taking over interim the previous year following the resignation of Martin Phillips.

Analysis – researched by Wyre Davies, BBC Wales

A number of groups, including fan forums, rugby clubs and major sponsors, have expressed their anger and disappointment following revelations by BBC Wales last week of allegations of sexist conduct, misogyny and bullying at the Welsh Rugby Union.

The situation has been compared to the racism crisis in Yorkshire cricket and allegations of abuse in British gymnastics.

WRU CEO Steve Phillips, in his initial reaction, seemed to suggest that many of the allegations referred to past events. is still the leading figure in Welsh rugby.

But when four Welsh professional rugby teams also backed calls for far-reaching changes, including the resignation of the WRU board, WRU management found themselves in isolation.

It turns out that Phillips has agreed to resign. On the eve of the Six Nations tournament, Welsh rugby is still in danger.

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