Scottish Rugby extends Dodson’s contract to 2025

Mark Dodson

Scottish Rugby has announced that chief executive Mark Dodson will continue in his role through to the summer of 2025.

“The board of Scottish Rugby was unanimous in its decision to extend Dodson’s contract, which was due to end in December 2023, by a further 18 months until June 2025,” said Scottish Rugby.

“The new agreement will enable Scottish Rugby to draw on Dodson’s extensive rugby and business experience, developed over 12-years leading the executive team at BT Murrayfield, as it navigates a series of operational and strategic priorities.

“Dodson will continue to play a key role on the international stage.

“He gives Scotland an experienced and respected voice around the table for the on-going global calendar discussions which will shape the immediate future of the game.

“He also sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk and Professional Game committees at World Rugby.”

Scottish Rugby board chairman John Jeffrey said: “Mark’s track record leading Scottish Rugby speaks for itself and as we enter what is likely to be a period of significant change and some uncertainty the Board unanimously agreed to ask him to continue for an additional 18-months.

“Through our governance review we are proposing changing how Scottish Rugby is structured and this is likely to take some time to establish.

“The executive team, led by Mark, will be vital in helping this happen and it is important we can have continuity and experience around the table as that work progresses.

“The global picture in rugby invariably shapes what we can do locally in Scotland so, again, we felt it was right to have Mark in post, with his international experience at this point in the world game too.”

Scottish Rugby president Ian Barr said: “We are entering a key period in the history of Scottish Rugby as our governance proposals are developed and new bodies are created to deliver.

“It is vital Scottish Rugby continues to be successful on and off the pitch and it was obvious that Mark’s experience would be hugely beneficial to help us achieve this, as the new governance structures bed in.”

Dodson said: “To know there was unanimous support on the board to extend my role for a further 18-months was a key factor in the decision to accept their offer to continue in post.

“I know how hard all our people work to deliver rugby across Scotland and on the international stage and I remain fully committed to leading them through what is likely to be a challenging and unpredictable period.”

“The new governance structure will offer a fresh start for the way rugby is managed in Scotland.

“I am delighted to continue leading Scottish Rugby until 2025.”

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