1. Biographical Details

Sir Rodney was born on the 10th April 1943, he is married to Anne and they have two sons, Alexander and Timothy and 5 grandsons; Dylan, Jack, Oscar, Isaac, Theo & a granddaughter Freya.
In the Birthday Honours published in June 1996 the honour of Knight Bachelor was conferred upon him by the Queen for services to sport.

In 2007 Wakefield Enterprise Partnership (formally First Wakefield) awarded Sir Rodney, its first Life Time Achievement Award in recognition of his services to the City, Sport, Business and for leading campaigns which have raised an estimated £40 million for a variety of charities and good causes.

In 2008 he was awarded The Yorkshire Man of the Year.

In September 2012 Wakefield Council awarded Sir Rodney the Freedom of the City in recognition of his services to City, Sport, Business & Charity.

At the 2014 Wakefield Business Awards Sir Rodney was named the Business Person of the Year

At the 2016 Wakefield Business Awards Sir Rodney received the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award

In June 2013 Sir Rodney was invited by the Government to chair a TdFHUB 2014 Ltd a company charged with the responsibility of organising & overseeing the allocation of £10 million of government money to assist with the organisation of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart & Stage 3 in the UK.

The event took place over 3 days. The Grand Depart was staged in Yorkshire with the third stage from Cambridge to London. In total it is estimated that 3.8 million people watched the free event which was delivered within budget. The immediate estimated financial benefit by independent assessment was put at £128 million.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

In 2016 Sir Rodney became controlling shareholder & chairman of Romiro Group Plc  a Yorkshire based company formed to develop sporting related opportunities in the UK, Europe, Oman, China, Nigeria & Thailand.This has now been widened out with a strategic partnerships with Oman based Sabco Sports. Romiro anticipate the supply of a wide range sportswear, work wear & other goods to Oman & the gulf region through these new partnerships.

Romiro has a JV with FBT Sporting Goods,Thailand: FBT Europe Ltd which holds the selling & distribution rights for FBT sports & leisurewear in the UK & Europe. In August 2015 FBT signed an agreement with the Football League Trust to supply their sporting goods needs & secured a 3 Year supply contract with Club Doncaster. A 3 year agreement has now been signed with The English Boxing Association for the supply of all their sports goods needs, In July 2017, FBT began the supply of teamwear to 5 further EFL & Scottish football clubs: Scunthorpe Utd, Crewe Alexander, Burton Albion, Newport County & Livingstone. They also have an agreement to supply Footgolf & Lacrosse in the UK.

In 2016, Romiro acquired a 100% controlling interest in Veritas Corporate Ltd & subsidiary Lorrimar Emblems Veritas are a growing company specialising in the manufacture & supply of corporate work wear.

Romiro now holds a controlling interest in Romiro 3D Ltd (formally Pebel 3D Ltd) This new business provides the opportunity to view 3D product without the need for 3D glasses.

A new subsidiary Romiro CTS will provide help & technical assistance to companies & organisations faced with the need to meet GDPR requirements and to counter increasing intrusion from cyber attacks.

Sir Rodney is the controlling shareholder of Myerscough Holdings Ltd. Group companies are involved in property development, management, investment & architecture.

He became Chairman of the London Marathon Charitable Trust in April 2015. The trust owns London Marathon Events Limited: a company who organises or assist the organisation of mass participation sporting events, including the London Marathon, Ride London, Swim Serpentine & the BigHalf. All profits made by the events company are gifted to & distributed by the trust. In the 35 years since the first London Marathon was held in 1981, the Trust has distributed over £56 million to projects in London & beyond.

In August 2016 he accepted the invitation to become chair of The British Basketball League. In mid 2018 Sir Rodney joined the board of the British Basketball Federation.

He is Vice Chairman of the Wembley National Stadium Trust . The trust distributes approx £900k pa to good causes in Brent & Greater London.

In late 2016 he accepted an invitation from Leeds City Council to become Patron of a soon to be formed Grand Theatre & Opera House Trust who are to take over responsibility for the Grand Theatre, Leeds City Varieties & the historic Hyde Park Picture House.

Sir Rodney has recently accepted the invitation to become chair of The Yorkshire Society. The society is intending increasing its influence in promoting the county as a place to work & live. The society hopes to complement the achievements of Welcome to Yorkshire in promoting the county as a place to visit.

He is Vice President of the Youth Charter for Sport and Vice President of the Federation of Disability Sports Yorkshire.

He was a Vice Chairman of the NSPCC Full Stop Appeal and was chair of the Sports Steering Group which raised £25 million for the campaign. In 2008 he was elected an Honorary Member of the Society in recognition of his contribution to the charity.

He is Vice Chairman of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park & the Yorkshire Landscape Trust Ltd and was Chairman of Art Transpennine ’98.

He is Honorary Life President of the Wakefield Theatre Trust, and led the campaign to raise £750,000 to enable the successful re-opening of the Theatre Royal and Opera House Wakefield in 1986. The Trust has now completed its ambitious plan to raise further funds to extend and improve the theatre. The opening of the new Centre of Creativity in 2018 & incorporates the “Walker Studio” named after Sir Rodney & Lady Walker in recognition of their  contributions to the theatre over 37 years.

He is also President of Wakefield Little Theatre.

He is Founder and Chairman of the Committee responsible for the organization of the Yorkshire Awards Dinner, now in its thirtieth year, at which outstanding Yorkshire people are recognized for their contribution to life in Yorkshire in a variety of spheres. The dinner has, in addition, raised £280,000 for Yorkshire-based charities.

Sir Rodney was President of the Wakefield Branch of Yorkshire Cancer Research and was President of the £5m Yorkshire Spinal Injuries Appeal. He was Vice President of the Hospital Heartbeat Appeal which raised £3.0 million for Yorkshire Hospitals.

He is the President of The Community Foundation for Wakefield & Senior Trustee of the St Oswald’s Charitable Trust.

Sir Rodney is an Honorary Life Vice President of the Rugby Football League and in 2015 became an Honorary member of the Parliamentary All Party Rugby League group.  He is an Honorary Life Member of Leicester City Plc, and President of SportsAid, Yorkshire & Humberside.

He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Director & a member of The Imperial Society of Knights Batchelor

Together with his wife and two sons he has formed “The Myerscough Charitable Trust” whose primary objectives are to help disadvantaged young people.

He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bradford in December 1996 in recognition of his services to the county of West Yorkshire. In July 2014 he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Huddersfield

In 1998 he was admitted as a Knight into the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in recognition of his services to health in the UK.

Previous Roles

Chairman Wakefield Trinity RLFC 1986-1993
- “ - GB Sports Council 1994-1996
- “ - Sport England 1996-1998
- “ - UK Sport 1997-2003
- “ - Manchester Commonwealth Games 1998-2000
- “ - Wembley National Stadium 2000-2002
- “ - Leicester City plc 1997-2002
- “ - Rugby Football League 1993-2002
- “ - Brands Hatch Leisure plc 1996-1999
- “ - Donington Park Estates 1999-2005
Chairman Goals Soccer Centres Plc 2003-2012
Chairman WPBSA & World Snooker 2004-2009
Chairman Spice plc 2002-2008
President Amateur Athletics Association 2006-2011

A member of the Wakefield Health Authority from 1982 to 1990, he also served as founder Chairman of the Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust from 1990 until his retirement in March 1996. Sir Rodney served as Chairman, then President of the NHS Trust Federation from 1993-97.

He was a trustee of the National Coal Mining Museum of  England from 1996-2013.

He was Chairman of West Yorkshire Broadcasting plc (Radio Aire / Magic 828) for 17 years from 1985 to 2002.

He served as a Magistrate on the Wakefield bench for eleven years between 1981 and 1992.