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Williams to step down as non-executive director

Corporate | 12th August 2022

Cardiff Rugby non-executive director Andrew Williams has decided to stand down from his role on the club’s board.

The lifelong Cardiff supporter, who is one of the longest-serving and most successful CEOs in the FTSE 100, having led Halma PLC for approaching 20 years, will not seek reappointment to the board after his initial three-year stint.

While disappointed, Cardiff Rugby fully accept Williams’ decision and wish him the very best for the future. Williams will end his tenure as a non-executive director this month and has recently announced his decision to stand down as CEO of Halma PLC.

Cardiff Rugby chairman, Alun Jones said: “Naturally we are all disappointed to lose someone of Andrew’s calibre as a non-executive director on our board.

“Since coming on board during the modernisation of our governance, Andrew has made an enormous contribution to the club.

 “He is a lifelong supporter, who is obviously passionate about Cardiff Rugby, and this was combined with his unrivalled business acumen and leadership qualities. 

 “Andrew will be missed but leaves with our very best wishes for the next chapter in his career and I have no doubts that he will remain a regular at the Arms Park on match-days.”

Andrew Williams added: “There are a number of reasons for my decision to leave the Cardiff Rugby board which are all external to the business.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the business as a NED over the past three years and have huge admiration for the way in which the company has responded to the challenges of Covid-19 both during and after the crisis.

“I would particularly like to record my thanks to Alun Jones and the board, Richard Holland, his leadership group and all our employees for showing such determination and commitment under the most difficult of circumstances. 

“Hopefully the promise of a more ‘normal’ season on the field will bring renewed optimism and reward for everyone involved . 

“I love the club and want it to get back to the top table of British and European rugby, which will require major changes to the way the professional game in Wales is run.

“It has been a real pleasure working with the club I have supported all my life and I wish them every success and good fortune in the years ahead.”