The oldest member of the RFU Council and a stalwart of North Midlands rugby Peter Grace, has announced he will not be seeking re-election as the council’s ‘Father of the House’.
Seventy-three-year-old Grace is also among the longest-serving councillors having first been elected to represent this region in 1996.
During his 16 years on the RFU Council Grace has served as chairman of the Nominations Committee, sat on the several other committees and has also been closely involved in funding and facilities.
He is the Council spokesman on Facilities as well as being a trustee of the Rugby Football Foundation charitable trust.
“Although I am flattered that some of my North Midlands colleagues have expressed the view that I should do another 12 months as my experience of the Council would be of value in the Slaughter & May Report debate, I did not see this as sufficient reason to change a decision I made in principle and shared with the North Midlands Management Committee 12 months ago,” he said.
“The decision to stay in 2011/12 was entirely justified and I believe I have made a significant contribution to ensuring that the Council is in a positive position to address the future. I intend to be very active in Council over the next six months and hopefully in the administration of the game thereafter.”
“A particular highlight was chairing nine National Constituent Bodies Conferences where I established relationships with hundreds of leaders in the Community Game,” Grace said.
He was also a key figure in the South Stand Redevelopment Steering Group and he also served on the sculpture working party which supervised Gerald Laing’s iconic statue on the South Stand piazza.
Before joining the RFU Grace served North Midlands RFU in a number of senior roles including Secretary and President.
He is president of Five Ways Old Edwardians, the club he represented at rugby and cricket, and also chairman of the Birmingham Rugby Partnership.