The newly formed Board have wasted no time in appointing Paul Durkin as Chairman of the Cornish Pirates. Paul brings a wealth of experience including much gained in Rugby development and will be a major asset to the club.
Paul - who lives in Newlyn - was elected at the Board’s first meeting last Friday; he retired after 14 years as an Ernst & Young partner and has since worked as an advisor to a number of Multi-National companies. He has specialised in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors.
Importantly for the Pirates, he has first-hand experience of how finances operate at a Premiership rugby club through an involvement with London Irish and particularly the development of their new state of the art training facilities at Hazelwood.
Speaking following his appointment Paul said: “These are exciting times, a unique partnership with the Super rugby franchise of The Chiefs and Waikato Rugby, plus the renewed help of Dicky Evans and Martin Hudson.”
“The new board has a clear vision of consolidating the current position, pushing forward with the Stadium for Cornwall and then achieving Premiership status.”
“We want to help to ensure that our coaches and players can give full concentration to on-field matters and continue with the great start to the season.”
“One and All, we are in this together – we can create a Cornish “Mana” as the Chiefs have their Maori Mana. Let us make Cornish rugby proud.”
Other Directors on the Board are Dicky Evans, Martin Hudson, Graham Stone, Kiwi-Cornishman Colin Groves, who is Chairman of Waikato Rugby, Truro & Penwith College Director Martin Tucker, and Cornish rugby legend Martin Haag.
In further developments, Peter Child has been appointed interim CEO. Peter is a former A&P Falmouth Chief Executive and Vice Chair of Cornwall College Group.