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Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis

WRU Group Chief Executive

Board Director, Welsh Rugby Union Limited

Board Director, Millennium Stadium plc

Roger Lewis was appointed Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union and the Millennium Stadium in 2006. He returned home to Wales from London in 2004 to take up the position of Managing Director of ITV Wales.

Immediately prior to this, between 1998 and 2004, he was the Managing Director and Programme Controller of Classic FM and a Board Director of its parent company GWR plc. Between 1990 and 1998, Roger worked in the record industry as a Managing Director at EMI Records and as the world wide President of the Decca Record Company.

He spent the 1980's in radio. Between 1985 and 1990 he was a producer at BBC Radio 1 and then Head of the BBC Radio 1 Music Department. Between 1981 and 1985, he worked in commercial radio at Capital Radio, London, as a producer, and at Radio Tees, in the North East. Roger studied music at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 1976 with a B.Mus (Hons). He worked as a musician between 1976 and 1980.

Over the past twenty years Roger has held a number of non-executive positions in the private, public and voluntary sectors, including that of Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Chair of the Ogmore Education Centre Trust, Chair of the Music and Dance Scheme at the DFES, Chair of the BPI Classical Committee, and Chair of Arts and Business Cymru , as well as Deputy Chair of Boosey and Hawkes.

He has also held a number of non-executive directorships and trusteeships, including the Barchester Group, the Beacon Fellowship, Liverpool Capital of Culture and the Wales Millennium Centre.

Roger was a member of the Welsh Assembly Government's Arts Funding Review Panel in 2006. In 2010/11 he chaired the successful cross-party Yes Campaign in the referendum in Wales which granted certain law making powers to the Welsh Assembly.

Currently he sits on the advisory board of the D Group, is the Chair of the International Advisory Board of Cardiff University Business School and a non-executive director of the Six Nations and European Rugby Cup Ltd and Celtic Rugby Ltd.

Roger holds a number of honorary degrees, including doctorates from the Universities of Nottingham and Glamorgan, honorary fellowships from Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and honorary membership of the Royal College of Music.

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