Jon Dutton

Jon Dutton, CEO, Rugby League World Cup 2012
Chief Executive Officer
Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC21)

Jon Dutton is Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC21). He commenced his role on February 1st 2018 leaving his post as Rugby Football League (RFL) Director of Projects & People. Jon led the successful bid for the tournament including a £25m funding award from HM Government.

A sports management graduate with over 20 years’ experience in the sports industry. Jon has previously worked for the PGA European Golf Tour (1995-1999), Manchester FA (1999-2005) with a secondment to UEFA (2002-3) and ran his own sports consultancy company (2005-2011). Jon was the Operations Director for the Rugby League World Cup 2013, Director of Readiness for the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014 and Tournament Director for the Ladbrokes Four Nations tournament in 2016. In 2017, Jon was the RLIF Tournament Commissioner for the Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Jon is a member of UK Sports Major Events Panel, a specialist advisory body. Its main purpose is to represent the interests of UK Sport by making major event investment recommendations to the UK Sport Board.


“First panel of the day on the future of sports business and live events completed at the ALSD International Conference, which was both enjoyable and enlightening. A pleasure to share the stage with Tyler Mazereeuw from the Canadian Football League and the legend that is Bernie Mullin.

“Digital, technology, innovation, audience trends and knowledge transfer amongst many topics discussed with Katie McIntyre during the final session of the ALSD International Conference. Great to meet some new people who seemed enthused with our journey.”