The British & Irish Lions has appointed Ben
Calveley as Managing Director, the organisationís first full time MD.
Having been on secondment with the organisation since April, Ben
was the unanimous choice of the Board, led by Chairman Tom Grace.
Ben has a wealth of relevant experience and is currently
Chief Operating Officer for Six Nations Rugby Limited, on
secondment from the Rugby Football Union (RFU). During this
secondment Ben has also led the Lions executive team and staff.
Tom Grace, British & Irish Lions Chairman,
brings strong experience to our organisation from his background
in the RFU in particular, and we are confident that he will bring
the Lions to the next level of growth and strength. Ben joins a strong executive team and together they will drive the Lions
During his time with the RFU Ben was responsible
for multiple lines of business including corporate strategy,
policy, public affairs, international relations, project and risk
management, CSR, fundraising and events.
Ben said, ďI am honoured to have been appointed as British
& Irish Lions Managing Director. It is an absolute privilege and
thrill to be part of such a unique sporting body, which holds a
special place in the hearts of all rugby fans. I am looking
forward to working with the Board, Executive Team and staff as
well as our many stakeholders on the development and
implementation of the next phase of growth.Ē
Prior to the
RFU Ben was part of the Senior Leadership Team at UK Sport as Head
of Corporate and International Relations. Holder of an MBA, he
began professional life as a mergers and acquisitions professional
with Arthur Andersen and has been a rugby fan for many years. He
is married with three young children.
His appointment as
MD is effective from Monday, 12 November 2018.
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