Scottish Rugby Limited – the operating arm of the Scottish Rugby Union – have announced the appointment of John McGuigan as their new Chair.

The position has been occupied by Cheryl Black, a custodian director of the organisation’s parent board, on an interim basis after John Jeffrey stood down with immediate effect last month.

McGuigan’s most recent role was Group Customer Director at Phoenix Group – a provider of insurance services based in London which is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index – until he retired last year.

Prior to that he held senior roles in Telefonica both in the UK and Europe.

He is also an executive coach with Merryck & Co and the Chair of Scottish Financial Enterprise which represents the interests of financial service companies in Scotland.

“Rugby has played an important role in my life for many years now,” said McGuigan. “I’m a passionate supporter of the game, and sport in general, for the unique way it brings people of all ages and backgrounds together behind a common goal.

“I’m delighted to be joining as Chair at such an appealing time for the sport with the growth of the women’s game, an exciting Rugby World Cup ahead and the return of the domestic game to a full schedule, post-Covid.

“I’m looking forward to working with our communities across Scotland and beyond to capitalise on the opportunities for the game that lie ahead.”

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chair of the Scottish Rugby Union, added: “The Board is delighted to approve the appointment of John as the new Chair of Scottish Rugby Limited, the operating company responsible for the day-to-day business of Scottish rugby.

“It has been a thorough and detailed process to find the right candidate for this critical appointment. We are looking forward to working with John and ensuring our new governance arrangements for Scottish Rugby deliver for our member clubs and stakeholders.”