Brian Barwick will stand down as chairman of the RFL and Super League in July.
After six years as chair of the game’s governing body, Barwick will depart to take up a role as president of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
His successor will be appointed over the coming weeks by the RFL Council with current Senior Director Simon Johnson acting as interim chairman.
Explaining his decision, Brian Barwick wrote:
“I was delighted to be the Chairman of the successful Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid and subsequently the Chairman of the organisation tasked with delivering the biggest and boldest Rugby League World Cup there has ever been. I will stand down from that post too, but am absolutely delighted to accept an offer to be the organisation’s President and will continue to do my bit in helping deliver a stand-out international event in this country: a World Cup that will encompass men’s, women’s and wheelchair team competitions staged in some of the country’s finest stadiums and in the heartland of the game.”