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Stephen Vaughan hoping to do a Gloucester at Wasps

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Stephen Vaughan has joined Wasps Group as chief executive (sports) after seven years spearheading Gloucester rugby. He will be tasked with developing Wasps rugby and Wasps netball brands and lead the club’s corporate and commercial teams.


During a seven-year spell at Kingsholm, Vaughan led a long-term transformation which culminated in Gloucester achieving its first play-off finish for eight years last season.

Stuart Cain becomes chief executive (venue) and is leading the venue management side of the business. He joined Wasps two years ago from the NEC Group where as managing director he led the commercialisation of venues including the NEC, ICC, Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham.

Nick Eastwood steps into a deputy chairman role as part of the changes. Eastwood said: “Stephen has an impressive track record of delivering results wherever he has been, so we are really excited to have him on board.

“He was the main architect of Gloucester’s recent success and he will be a great asset for us moving forward. Stephen’s role is focused away from the pitch but he will be supporting Dai Young where needed, as well as harnessing and forging new relationships with current and potential club partners.”

Vaughan, who held senior management positions with travel giant Thomas Cook including a leading role at London 2012, revealed his excitement at the challenge ahead. He added: “The opportunity to come and work for such a household name in the rugby world was too good to turn down.


“Given the tradition of the Wasps brand and the first-class facilities that it has at Ricoh Arena, there is so much potential here and I can’t wait to get started on helping Wasps go from strength to strength.”

Cain added: “Wasps is much more than a rugby and netball club. Ricoh Arena is a leading conference, exhibition and concert venue in its own right.  

“It makes absolute sense to focus on the two key drivers of future success – a winning, well-supported sports operation and a venue that brings people to the region seven days a week, day and night.”

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