Judith Batchelar Appointed RPA Non-Executive Director


The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) announced today that Judith Batchelar OBE has joined the organisation’s Management Board with immediate effect as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for more than 35 years and is a Biochemist and Nutritionist. She has been Director of Sainsbury’s Brand since 2004 and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s product offering, policy, corporate responsibility, sustainability and public affairs.

In addition to her work at Sainsbury’s, Judith is a Non Executive Director of The Environment Agency, sits on the Executive Board of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, and the Board of Trustees for Farm Africa, the Matt Hampson Foundation, and is also an ambassador for the Woodland Trust.

She was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to Farming and the Food Industry

Judith Batchelar said: “With so much happening in the world of rugby, and given the role that the RPA plays, the quality and impact of their work has never been more important. I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to this vital work and help the RPA to make a real difference for the players.”

RPA Group CEO Damian Hopley said: “We are delighted to have someone of Judith’s outstanding calibre joining our Management Board. Judith is very highly regarded in our sport having been on the Board of Trustees for the Matt Hampson Foundation and she has helped a number of our members with their Testimonial years. Her track record speaks for itself and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be of huge benefit to the RPA and our members.”