There have only been six Presidents in the history of the Barbarians, an office first instituted in 1913 and naturally occupied by W.P. Carpmael, the founder.

He held office from 1913-1936 and was followed by Emile de Lissa, 1936-1955, who was associated as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President from 1901-1955; Jack “Haigho” Smith 1955, whose term lasted for only a few weeks before his death, having previously given devoted service as Honorary Secretary for more than 30 years; Brigadier Glyn Hughes 1955-1973, a man of great achievement and rare modesty; Herbert Waddell, 1973-1988 who had a distinguished record in the highest echelons of the game; and Micky Steele-Bodger, from 1988 until his death in 2019, who in his lifetime held every high office in the game of rugby. In 2019, Chairman John Spencer was announced as the new President following his Presidency of the RFU and Manager of the British & Irish Lions.

More information on the presidents can be found inĀ Roll of Honour – Profiles.