30th September 2021
England Handball has announced the appointment of a new Chair to help deliver its vision of making handball one of the top indoor sports in England.
Rosie Williams OBE has taken up the role after a vote by handball members across the country and will officially step into the Chair position from November 2021.
Williams was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2013 for her contribution to rugby in England, and previously held the position of Managing Director of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for Women
She also played an instrumental role in the success of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2010 and operated as the RFU's Head of Local Delivery for more than six years. In 2018 she also set up her own successful consultancy business working across both sporting and commercial landscapes.
Mike Bain, England Handball CEO, said: "Rosie really impressed throughout a very thorough interview process and we're delighted to confirm her appointment as Chair.
"She has a very strong sporting background from her time working with the RFU and will no doubt be able to make a significant contribution to the growth of handball in England - both with her knowledge of sport at grassroots level but also her commercial experience.
"We're at a really exciting point for handball in England as we prepare to launch our new strategy that runs until 2030, so it's fantastic to have Rosie with us as we prepare to embark on a new era."
Rosie Williams, England Handball's new Chair, added: "I'm thrilled to be joining the team at England Handball. It’s a sport I've always admired, and I think it has the potential to be huge in England, just like it is in other European countries and around the world.
"What excited me the most is seeing the impact that the game of handball has on young people and how it has the ability to unite people from many different backgrounds. It has a reputation for being one of the most diverse sports in the world and we have a wonderful opportunity to capitalise on that in the years ahead."