Nigel Wood

CEO, Rugby League International Federation

Nigel has a long and outstandingly successful career in Rugby League administration, serving as the Rugby Football League’s Chief Executive Officer between 2007 and 2018 and Chief Executive and Director of Super League (Europe) Ltd from its creation in 1996 until 2018. During this time the RFL and SLE Ltd have grown revenues from £18m to £52m and have delivered profits in each consecutive year and investment around the sport has reached record levels. Prior to his CEO role, Nigel was formerly Chief Operating Officer and Financial Director at the RFL having joined the organisation in 2001 following a significant period of political and financial distress within the sport.

Nigel was also the Chairman of the hugely successful Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Internationally, Nigel was the Chairman of the Rugby League International Federation from 2014 until May 2018. Nigel became the Chief Executive Officer of the RLIF in June 2018.

Before entering the central management of Rugby League, Nigel was Chief Executive of Super League club Halifax Blue Sox, 1995-2001, and Deputy Head of Finance for BBC North. Prior to this, Nigel held roles in the textile industry, manufacturing and chartered accountants Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Nigel is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and graduated from the University of Bradford in 1996 with an MBA in Business Administration.

Nigel played Rugby League for Bradford Northern and Halifax RLFC at junior levels and Huddersfield at reserve grade, together with a number of seasons playing Amateur Rugby League in the Pennine League.