Brown defends salaries
Steve Brown, the RFU chief executive, has defended the £1.6million spent on the remuneration package for its board of directors last year, including a £710,000 package to former chief executive Ian Ritchie.
The annual report reveals that Sophie Goldschmidt, the former chief commercial and marketing officer, was paid £480,000 in 2015/16 – despite taking up a new post in March last year.
“These salaries are all benchmarked and we have a remuneration committee which is independently chaired and reviews all salaries for senior employees and that will determine whether the salaries are appropriate for the market and the size of the organisation,” said Brown, who got £401,000 for his previous role as chief financial officer last year.
Jeff Blackett, the chairman of the professional game board, and independent non-executive director Andrew Higginson, both donated their payments of £17,000 and £3,000 respectively to charity.
The introduction of a corporate tax deduction for investment into grassroots sport as part of the new Finance Bill that was passed last month, is to benefit rugby clubs by up to £400,000, it can be revealed.
The legislation introduces a new statutory corporation tax relief for national governing bodies and the RFU believes it will enable a significant increase in its investment in the community game.