Chris Stewart joins Scottish Rugby Limited Board

49-year-old's CSG business has ownership and operational interests in residential, office, hotel and hospitality sectors across Scotland

Chris Stewart has been appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director. Image courtesy: Scottish Rugby
Chris Stewart has been appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director. Image courtesy: Scottish Rugby

THE Scottish Rugby Limited (SRL) Board has appointed property investor, developer and hotelier Chris Stewart as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

A Murrayfield press release said: “Chris brings 30 years’ experience in the development and property management sector to Scottish Rugby. His group of companies – Chris Stewart Group (CSG) – has ownership and operational interests across the residential, office, hotel and hospitality sectors.

“The award-winning developments of Advocate’s Close (named by RIAS as Scotland’s ‘Best Building’ and home to Old Town Chambers) and The Edinburgh Grand on St Andrew Square are amongst CSG’s significant successes.”


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A previous EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, Stewart also sits on the Board of Trustees of care and education charity Seamab. CSG signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Glasgow Warriors in September 2022 which involves branding for the company’s Love Loan development – just off George Square – being displayed on the back of club shorts for both home and away matches.

“I’m acutely aware of the impact the sport plays in our society and its potential to widen that impact,” said Stewart. “Rugby has always been a part of my life and continues to be as a regular at Scottish Gas Murrayfield and in support of Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium.

“Scottish Rugby has progressed into a fantastic position in recent years, and there is so much potential to go even further, from grassroots to the professional men’s and women’s teams, and a wealth of commercial opportunity available – much of which is yet untapped.

“It’s an exciting time to join the organisation, and I’m looking forward to getting started. I hope to bring another dimension to the Board as SRL looks to set out a vision for the future.”

The SRL Board is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations within the Scottish Rugby Union Group including the financial and strategic delivery for the organisation.

Scottish Rugby Limited Chair, John McGuigan, said: “I am looking forward to working with Chris and drawing on his experience, which complements the breadth of skills we now have throughout the SRL Board.”


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7 Comments

  1. The owner of a company who sponsors 1 of the pro teams appointed as director.

    True independence

  2. Is this the best we can do? A property developer? What does he know about professional sport, running a company with a massive debt and spiralling costs and proper corporate governance. This man buys cheap things, gets in a few joiners then sells at a massive profit.

    A total lack of imagination here and a damning indictment of the state of the SRU.

  3. Bullseye there, IMG – with one or two notable exceptions (NB one or two) SR’s “superstructure” looks as sound as a lump of RAAC concrete! And the governance structure much-lauded by …’er…. SR itself itself, remains an excessively convoluted work of infantile fantasy…..

    To anyone looking for a worrying wake-up call, just add up the numbers and note the specific proven assembled expertise in rugby / professional sport & in finance present on the 3 SR Boards – CRB, SRU & SRUL….

  4. I know nothing about Chris Stewart other than what I’m now reading, but am disappointed not to see a person with an elite sport performance/ management/ coaching background on the BoD, e.g. a David Brailsford type person. The SRU appears to be changing the power dynamics within the SRL from one businessman to many similar business people whilst ignoring that the SRL Board is first & foremost overseeing a professional sports organisation that has significantly different business fundamentals to that of most other businesses/ industries. Yes, business management expertise is vital, but is not the sole element/ consideration, but you wouldn’t realise this from the present make-up of the Board (other than possibly Alexandra Whelan, who has a background in commercial marketing & growth of sports).
    I strongly believe the SRU’s Board of Directors composition strategy (for both the SRU & SRL boards, assuming there is/ are ones!) should be made public as there presently doesn’t appear to be anywhere near the necessary expertise in all required elements/ areas.

    • Bullseye there, IMG – with one or two notable exceptions (NB one or two) SR’s “superstructure” looks as sound as a lump of RAAC concrete! And the governance structure much-lauded by …’er…. SR itself itself, remains an excessively convoluted work of infantile fantasy…..

      To anyone looking for a worrying wake-up call, just add up the numbers and note the specific proven assembled expertise in rugby / professional sport & in finance present on the 3 SR Boards – CRB, SRU & SRUL….

    • Absolutely, IMG. Maybe the new chairman might be called upon to expand upon his statement referring to a “breadth of skills” within the SRL Board?

  5. Really strong appointment and exactly what was needed skilllset and experience wise. Well done.

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