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Nottingham Rugby reshuffles to strengthen commercial team

As the search for new investment continues at Nottingham Rugby, club Chairman Alistair Bow has today announced some personnel changes to strengthen the commercial team and also to wish Laura Egglestone all the best during her maternity leave.

Chris Simon has been appointed as Operations Director and will be responsible for managing the day to day off field operations and continuing with the great work he started last season enhancing the match day experience and driving commercial sales. Chris will assume the role whilst retaining his business interests running his own agency Perfect Motion who deliver the clubs marketing, media and match-day activities already.

As Chris takes on more operational duties for Nottingham Rugby, he will be assisted with marketing activity by Nik Emmonds, Marketing Account Manager at Perfect Motion. Since the departure of the in-house media officer last season, Nik has taken on the role and will continue to be the main interface between the club and the local and national media.

At the same time, Nottingham Rugby is also pleased to announce two further changes - the promotion of Mel Lawson to Commercial Executive and the appointment of Rob Pearce as Community Manager.

Mel Lawson, 22 has been with the club for four years and already has a wealth of experience. With Laura Egglestone being on maternity leave for the rest of this season, Mel was the ideal candidate to step up to the role.

Rob Pearce, 22, started volunteering for the club last season, taking on pitch-side activities on match-day. He is seen as a natural replacement for Steve Smith and will oversee all community matters with the delivery coaches - Josh Salathiel and Sam Bignall reporting into him.

Both Mel and Rob will report to Chris Simon.

Commenting on the change, Chairman Bow said:

"We recognised that we needed to make some changes, but without incurring any additional cost. The club is still in need of significant investment and we wanted to free up some of Chief Executive Simon Beatham's time to help us do this, but without introducing any disruption on the operational side. Chris has been involved with Nottingham Rugby for the last three years and has a sound understanding of how the business side is run. He knows our sponsors, has been instrumental in our growth off the field and I have every confidence that he'll be able to combine his existing marketing duties with a more operational role."

On the additional appointments, Bow added:

"After some staff departures last season and Laura's maternity leave, we needed to make some changes. Rob has been overseeing community activity since the start of the season and is doing a great job. He's created some excellent relationships and we fully expect to be able to grow this area further and make his appointment full time in the near future.

"Mel has been a great servant to the club and whilst Laura is away, we wanted to ensure the business ran as smooth as possible and I have no doubt this will be the case."

The announcements come ahead of the repeat of last year's semi final against Bedford Blues this coming Sunday 3rd November. It is also the club's annual fireworks party which takes place after the match from 5pm. For anyone interested in just the fireworks, they can get into the stadium from half-time of the match, at approximately 3.45pm.

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