Scottish Rugby have announced that their chief executive, Mark Dodson, has signed a contract extension which will take him through to the summer of 2025.
Dodson’s current deal comes to an end in December 2023 but the Scottish Rugby board were unanimous in deciding that the contract will be extended by an extra 18 months.
He has already been in his current job for 12 years and his new deal means Scottish Rugby will be able to call on his extensive rugby and business experience.
Dodson is excited to continue his journey with the governing body.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Scottish Rugby board chairman John Jeffrey is delighted that Dodson has decided to extend his stay with the organisation.
“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,” he said.
“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 echoed Jeffrey’s sentiments.
“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,” he said.
“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.”