Day is a chartered accountant and member of the ICAEW, having qualified in 2003, and has been with KPMG for more than 20 years – she was made deal advisory partner in 2015.
However, Day has also had a career as an international rugby star, gaining 59 caps and captaining the England Women’s Rugby team to victory in three grand slams in the Six Nations, becoming England’s record try scorer in the process.
“Rugby has been a huge part of my life, and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to combine my passion for rugby with my professional experience in senior financial roles and in developing high performing teams,” she said.
Day is president of Wasps RFC and has played for the premiership club for more than 14 years, captaining it to cup and league victory in 2004/5.
She has also been captain of England Women’s Seven’s and has been involved in coaching the development team.
“Sue is an highly experienced and accomplished leader, with an excellent reputation in both finance and in rugby, and I am delighted that she is joining us, as we strive to become the world’s leading rugby nation,” said Steve Brown, CEO of the RFU.
Day is a founding trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust, as well as being a commentator for Rugby on Sky Sports and World Rugby.