Northampton Saints have announced the appointment of Tony Hewitt as their new chairman.
Hewitt, who has 40 years experience in the commercial property market, joined the Saints' board of directors in 1995 and stepped up into the role of acting chairman in June, replacing the late Leon Barwell. In other movements behind the scenes at Franklin's Gardens, John White has been appointed as deputy chairman and Keith Barwell OBE as the club's president.
"Over the last 18 years first Keith, and then Leon, have set a very high standard as to what it means to be chairman of Northampton Saints," Hewitt said. "Without the Barwells' investment, vision and hard work the Saints would not be where we are, and they are a hard act to follow. We are now in the enviable position where we are matching playing success with consistent profitability, and this stems from the foundations that the Barwells laid two decades ago.
"It is important that we continue balancing the need to maintain that profitability, which enables us to invest in the playing squad and challenge for the silverware at the end of the season, with retaining the unique ethos that makes the Saints such a special club."