World Rugby Handbook
BYE-LAW 10. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
10.1 Composition of Executive Committee
(a) The Executive Committee shall comprise of the Officers, seven other members elected by the Council from the Representatives and two Independent Members proposed by the Nominations Committee and approved by the Council.
(b) No Member Union or Member Association, other than the Member Union of the Chair, shall have more than one Representative on the Executive Committee.
(c) The Executive Committee shall be chaired by the Chair.
(d) No employee or contractor of a Member Union can be elected to the Executive Committee.
10.1.2 The Executive Committee will carry out its functions as an incorporated entity through World Rugby Limited. The members of the Executive Committee from time to time shall be directors of World Rugby Limited and other companies in the World Rugby Group.
All members of the Executive Committee shall act: (i) in accordance with their fiduciary duties; (ii) in the best interests of World Rugby and the global game; and (iii) in accordance with applicable laws. Members of the Executive Committee shall, for the avoidance of doubt, recuse themselves from any decision in which they have a conflict of interest.
10.1.3 The Executive Committee may, from time to time, establish Other Committees in accordance with Bye-Law 13.1, working parties, sub-groups and advisory groups as it considers necessary.
10.2 Appointment of the Executive Committee
10.2.1 The Chair and Vice-Chair shall be elected in accordance with Bye-Law 9.8.1.
10.2.2 The Chief Executive Officer shall be appointed in accordance with Bye-Law 9.8.3.
10.2.3 Seven other members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by the Council from the Representatives in accordance with the procedure set out in Bye-Law 9.9.
(a) The two Independent Members of the Executive Committee shall be proposed by the Nominations Committee and, subject to the approval of Council, appointed to the Executive Committee.
(b) In the event that Council does not approve the proposal(s) of the Nominations Committee, the Nominations Committee shall make further proposal(s) until such time as the Council approves two Independent Members of the Executive Committee.
(c) A person appointed as an Independent Member must continue to meet the Independence Criteria throughout the duration of such appointment and shall immediately report to the Chair any actual and/or potential failure to comply therewith. The Chair and/or their nominee may conduct an investigation into compliance with the Independence Criteria which may also result in disciplinary and/or other action (including requiring the Independent Member to resign from the Executive Committee).
10.3 Terms of Office of the Executive Committee
(a) The Chair and Vice-Chair shall serve on the Executive Committee for the duration of their term(s) of office in accordance with Bye-Law 9.8.2.
(b) The other members of the Executive Committee (save the Chief Executive Officer) shall be elected usually but not necessarily at the Annual Meeting immediately following the Rugby World Cup Finals and shall hold office for a period of four (4) years commencing on July 1 of the same calendar year.
(c) The members of the Executive Committee, including the Vice-Chair, elected from the Representatives by the Council shall only be entitled to remain members of the Executive Committee if they remain Representatives on the Council as appointed by their respective Member Union or Member Association and shall relinquish their position on the Executive Committee immediately upon ceasing to be a Representative..
(d) Subject to the foregoing as applicable, members of the Executive Committee may be re-elected and/or re-approved for a further period of membership of the Executive Committee up to a maximum of twelve years in aggregate save that where the term(s) of office of the Chair under Bye-Law 9.8.2 extends beyond the maximum twelve years in aggregate then the Chair shall remain a Member of the Executive Committee for the duration of their term(s) of office under Bye-Law 9.8.2.
(e) The Chief Executive Officer shall remain a member of the Executive Committee for the duration of their tenure.
Should a vacancy occur on the Executive Committee, subject to Bye-Law 9.8.2(f), the Chair may appoint a replacement on an interim basis until the position can be formally filled at the next Council meeting subject to the following:
(a) where the vacancy relates to one of the seven Representatives, the Chair may appoint such interim replacement from the Representatives; and
(b) where the vacancy relates to one of the two Independent Members, the Chair may appoint an interim replacement who has been proposed by the Nominations Committee.
The person filling the vacancy following such Council meeting shall be a member of the Executive Committee until the term of office of the office holder they replace expires as set out in Bye-Law 10.3.1.
10.4 Roles, Powers and Responsibilities of the Executive Committee
The roles, powers and responsibilities of the Executive Committee shall be:
(a) The formulation and implementation, in conjunction with management, of the mission, strategic goals and plans of World Rugby subject to ratification by Council;
(b) The approval of the annual business plan and budgets;
(c) The monitoring of the implementation of the mission, strategic goals and plans and annual business plan, operational plan and budgets of World Rugby and assessment of performance against key performance indicators;
(d) The appointment of persons to, and removal of persons from, Standing Committees, advisory groups and working parties and the supervision of such Standing Committees, advisory groups, working parties and World Rugby Group entities (excluding Rugby World Cup Limited and its associated entities) subject to paragraph (e) below. The Executive Committee shall receive reports from the Rugby Committee and Regulations Committee in relation to proposed Laws of the Game and Regulations changes respectively, upon which it may comment to Council without amending the recommendations of the relevant Standing Committee in this respect only;
(e) The appointment of persons to, following proposals from the Nominations Committee, and removal of persons from, the Board of Rugby World Cup Limited. The Board of Rugby World Cup Limited shall be accountable to the Executive Committee and the Executive Committee shall receive reports from the Board of Rugby World Cup Limited but for the avoidance of doubt the Executive Committee shall have no power to overrule any decision of the Board of Rugby World Cup Limited;
(f) The formulation and implementation of good corporate governance principles and practices;
(g) To ensure that World Rugby operates as an effective business and member services organisation;
(h) To appoint a firm of chartered accountants to conduct the audit for the members of the World Rugby Group for the ensuing year;
(i) To recruit, remove, monitor, evaluate performance and determine delegations of authority and accountabilities of the Chief Executive Officer;
(j) To approve expenditure, contracts and commitments that fall outside the authority of the Chief Executive Officer;
(k) To ensure that there is a sound system of internal control and risk management policy and process in place to identify and manage risk;
(l) To ensure that appropriate codes and policy frameworks exist to promote effective governance of World Rugby through clear written and regular review and updating of:
(i) The policies of World Rugby;
(ii) Strategic, business and annual operational plans;
(iii) Standing orders and terms of reference for committees and advisory groups;
(iv) Procedures and protocols for the operation of World Rugby Group entities excluding Rugby World Cup Limited and its associated entities;
(v) Clearly defined and delegated powers/limits of authority for decision making for the Executive Committee, Standing Committees and staff;
(vi) Risk and audit policies (including without limitation through the Audit and Risk Committee established pursuant to Bye-Law 11);
(vii) Standard operating policies and procedures;
(m) Between Council Meetings, to deal with any emergency matters pursuant to Bye-Law 12;
(n) Subject to paragraph (m) above, to discharge such other responsibilities that do not fall within the constitutional, legal or statutory jurisdiction of the Council or other person/entity under the Bye-Laws required to ensure the effective management and operation of World Rugby;
(o) To receive and approve the audited financial statements of World Rugby Limited for the preceding financial year;
(p) To suspend a Member Union or Member Association from membership of World Rugby in accordance with Bye-Law 6(f);
(q) To approve World Rugby Medical Policy. The Chief Medical Officer shall have the right to attend and address Executive Committee meetings in relation to medical matters and to raise such issues as they think fit for consideration by the Executive Committee;
(r) To determine the host Member Union(s) for all World Rugby tournaments save for Rugby World Cup Tournaments (Men’s, Women’s and Sevens); and
(s) To approve International Matches and Tours Agreements.
10.5 Meetings of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall meet in person at least twice per year and at such other times as appropriate in person or utilising technology.
10.6 Voting of the Executive Committee
Decisions of the Executive Committee shall be taken by simple majority, each member of the Executive Committee having one vote and in addition the Chair also having a casting vote in addition to their deliberative vote.
The quorum for a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be attendance by at least 70% of the members of the Executive Committee including at least one Officer (who do not have a conflict of interest in relation to the relevant business of the meeting in question).