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Josh Lewsey sets sail for the Pirates

14 March 2013

  • World Cup winner Josh Lewsey joins Cornish Pirates
  • He has won every trophy available in rugby – President, Cornish Pirates Chairman
Josh Lewsey back in action with club side London Wasps

Photo: RFU Archive

Following the news that CEO Rod Coward is to leave the Pirates for pastures new, the RFU Championship club have announced former England back Josh Lewsey as Acting CEO/Performance Director.

From a statement issued by the club, Chairman Richard Evans said:

"Needing no introduction, former British Lion and World Cup Winner with England Josh joins us on a consultive and part-time basis working on behalf of OJL Ltd from April-September to bring his own unique brand of management skills to the Cornish Pirates.

"His CV is of course top-notch but of special significance has been his ability to switch his outstanding sporting ability into the area of business, deliberately differentiating himself from his peers in rugby by learning and adopting a broader set of skills in some of the world’s most challenging industries.

"He has won every trophy available in rugby but now has also achieved recognition as a business leader where his work for both PwC and Citibank on various strategy, structure and cultural projects lends itself favourably to some of our current challenges."

The 36-year-old has connections in Cornwall, with a home in St Agnes. His role at the Pirates is set to include:

  • Review the existing on-field and related organisational performance and existing marketing and commercial performance
  • Establish a clear brand strategy, initiate the administration appointments required to deliver on this including the search for a new full-time CEO
  • Liaising with the key stakeholders in the stadium development such as the Council and Inox
  • Liaising with Coward on his area of responsibility covering ground developments, the RFU and squad signings for next season