Lions hire Calveley as first full-time managing director
Rugby union's British and Irish Lions today announced the appointment of Ben Calveley as its first managing director.
The Lions said the need for a full-time managing director became apparent in the post-Tour Strategic Review of the series in New Zealand in 2017.
Calveley will begin his new role on 12 November.
He has been on secondment from the Rugby Football Union at both the Lions and Six Nations Ltd, the organiser of the annual championships, where he has been chief operating officer.
Lions chairman Tom Grace said Calveley was the "unanimous choice of the board" as the Lions prepare for their next tour, to South Africa in 2021.
Grace added: “Ben 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 forward.”
Calveley joined the RFU in 2011 as head of strategy and corporate affairs from UK Sport, the national sports administration and funding body, where he was head of corporate and international relations.
Six Nations Ltd and the Lions are still searching for a chief executive to replace John Feehan, who quit earlier this year after 16 years in the post.