London Irish appoint new CEO and executive team

Premiership rugby club reorganise administrative structure.

17 June 2015 James Emmet

Top-tier English rugby union side London Irish have reorganised their administrative team and announced a string of appointments.

From 1st July, the club will be split into six departments: commercial, community, finance, marketing and communications, operations, and rugby.

Bob Casey, a former captain of the team, has been promoted from his role as operations director to become chief executive of London Irish.

The heads of each department will report in to Casey. Other appointments include Paul Forsyth as head of finance, Darren Henry as head of commercial, Fiona Stockley as head of operations, Glenn Delaney as head of rugby operations, and Kieran McCarthy as rugby chairman.

David FitzGerald will revert to his role as non-executive chairman.

Forsyth joins from BBA Aviation plc, a FTSE 250 listed group where he was head of financial planning and analysis; Henry joins from fellow Premiership rugby club Harlequins where he was head of sponsorship and commercial partnerships, and Stockley comes from Reading FC where she was head of merchandise and retail events.

Announcing the new structure, Mick Crossan, president of London Irish, said, “Since our consortium took over the club 18 months ago, while we’ve had a busy period reviewing its operations and moving to Hazelwood, we’ve been very aware of what an auspicious time this is for rugby in general and for London Irish in particular.  We have been making sure we’re ready to take advantage of current and future opportunities.

“Off the pitch we believe that the time is right for London Irish to become a more customer focussed and consistently profitable business. We are delighted with the quality and experience of the people that are joining us and they have the full support of the board as they set about a period of exciting development.

“In particular, we’re pleased that Bob Casey has accepted our invitation to become chief executive. Bob has proven his commitment to London Irish and his leadership expertise both as a player and as a director and we will be working with him and his team to restore this great club to its rightful place among Europe’s leading clubs.”