World Cup winner Lewsey to stand down from Pirates' role
Cornish Pirates have confirmed that Josh Lewsey is standing down from his role as acting chief executive next month.
The club have, however, revealed that the 36-year-old 2003 World Cup winner will remain involved as an advisor to the board on a long term basis.
In a statement, club owner Dickie Evans said: "As from October, Josh will be working elsewhere but he has agreed to help the club continue its new approach and hopefully achieve the long-term aim of becoming a Premiership club."
The club have also confirmed that the Pirates' business and finance controller Rebecca Daniell will take over as acting chief executive from October until the new year.
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Lewsey has been behind a number of initiatives following his appointment earlier this year and his departure will come as a blow to the club.
Lewsey was involved in the discussions which led to the club staging Friday night games next season in a bid to increase attendances.
The statement continued: "At that time we will have a much clearer idea of the impact on finances of the change to Friday night floodlit rugby, the new marketing initiatives and the impact of Josh's input on the team performances.
"On behalf of the board I would formally like to express our appreciation for Josh's huge impact on our club and rugby in the Cornwall republic generally."
Lewsey has worked as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an equities trader at CitiBank since his retirement.
The statement added: "He has always had the financial constraints of any player recruitment in his thinking processes and is well aware of the financial constraints surrounding a club in the west that doesn't have the facilities or catchment area to generate funding for bigger squads/better facilities.
"Those who have met him will know he is a driven man and a modern day Pied Piper. Let us hope all his hard work in the last six months results in top-class rugby at a packed, exciting venue. Josh certainly deserves this."