The RFL has named Steve Ganson as its head of match officials.
Ganson, 46, takes over from Jon Sharp who left the role last summer to become head coach at Featherstone Rovers.
Ganson retired from refereeing in April 2013 and has been the RFL’s coach and technical director for the past three years.
“I understand refereeing and the increasing demands placed on our referees,” Ganson said via the BBC.
“It’s a critical area in the sport. There are changes we will introduce in the way we prepare, coach, assess and appoint our referees.
“Our coaching structure has been reviewed to assist in developing our referees and I want to accelerate the development of Championship and reserve grade referees so we have a stronger talent pool to select from at the highest levels.”
RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer added: “A great deal of work over recent months has also gone into the Match Officials Pathway within the development pyramid.
“Following that work, Super League match official Ben Thaler will be heading up a focused recruitment campaign which is now being rolled out by the team.”