- Ritchie: "Debbie is one of the architects of London 2012"
- Jevans to join after Vaughan steps down
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Debbie Jevans, currently Director of Sport at The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), will become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of England Rugby 2015 in October.
ER 2015 Chairman Andy Cosslett said: “This is an exciting appointment for ER 2015. Debbie is hugely respected across sport and rugby will benefit from her experience in leading large teams to deliver major sporting events to a global audience.
“Armed with this knowledge and pedigree across many facets of multi sport events we are delighted Debbie has decided to join us. Her London Olympic and Paralympic Games’ experience will be vital as we look forward to hosting the Rugby World Cup.”
ER 2015 Board Member and RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said: “Debbie is acknowledged as one of the architects of the London 2012 Olympics, which has clearly been a massive success. Her proven track record in delivering multiple events at multiple venues, driving innovation and enhancing the fan experience, along with exceptional relationships with key stakeholders, makes her the perfect fit.”
Debbie Jevans said: “I have spent the last decade planning and delivering the world’s two largest sporting events. This has been an extraordinary journey and I am looking forward to putting my experience and expertise in to delivering an exceptional Rugby World Cup in 2015. As a passionate sports fan the next decade is a great one for the UK and we have an amazing opportunity to bring rugby and the values of sport to more fans across the country than ever before.
"I look forward to starting my new role next month. In the meantime my focus is on continuing to deliver a great Paralympic Games.”
Jevans succeeds Paul Vaughan who stepped down from his post as Chief Executive of England Rugby 2015 (ER 2015) by mutual consent.
ER 2015 Chairman Andy Cosslett said: “Paul has been at the heart of the RFU for the past 11 years, most recently here as CEO of ER 2015, where he has laid some very strong foundations. We are grateful to him for all the hard work he and his team have put in to enable ER 2015 to be ready for the next phase. Preparations have been continuing at a good pace, the planning is completely on schedule and stakeholders are comfortable.
“With just over three years to go, now is a good time to add a fresh injection of experience to take us up to the next level. We are determined to make the most of this once in a generation opportunity for rugby in this country, to make this truly the best Rugby World Cup there has ever been.”