Pontypool RFC today announces that Ben Jeffreys will stand down as the club’s chief executive officer at the end of September.
Since joining the club in 2012 - initially as commercial director before advancing to the role of chief executive officer in 2014 – Ben has been instrumental in establishing Pontypool RFC as one of the most professionally run clubs in Welsh club rugby.
Under his leadership, Pontypool RFC has been transformed from facing near oblivion and relegation from the WRU National Championship, to experiencing one of the most successful periods in the club’s storied 153-year history, with the club claiming three successive WRU National Championship titles – two of which included 100% unbeaten campaigns.
Ben’s determination also resulted in Pontypool RFC successfully negotiating a 50-year lease with Torfaen County Borough Council in 2019, against what was a highly complex political and legal backdrop. With the club’s future at its historic home of Pontypool Park safeguarded until at least 2069, Ben subsequently oversaw the re-development of ‘The Ray Prosser Stand’ that will be enjoyed by the Pooler Army for generations to come.
Ben departs with the best wishes of everyone at Pontypool RFC and his passion and commitment towards the club will be missed.
Comment from Pontypool RFC club president, Graham Price:
“Ben came on board at a difficult time and I think it says a lot about his character and determination that he has helped to pull us out and has left the club in a very strong position.
“His contribution has been immense. We are aiming for promotion at the end of the season and Ben has done everything he can to ensure everything is in place to achieve that.
“The club is in a good place at the moment and a lot of that is down to Ben with what he has put in place off the field. It’s going to be difficult to fill his shoes.”
Comment from out-going Pontypool RFC chief executive officer, Ben Jeffreys:
“It has truly been the honour of a lifetime to have had the opportunity to represent Pontypool RFC over the last decade and I’m incredibly proud of everybody who has helped transform the club into a true powerhouse of Welsh club rugby.
“Pontypool RFC has given me so much and I will forever cherish the many memories and magical moments we have experienced together on this journey. From our progression in the National Cup to the National Championship triumphs and unbeaten campaigns, I couldn’t be prouder of the club I’m leaving behind.
“I have given absolutely everything to Pontypool RFC and I’ve always been driven by the desire to take the club back to the Premiership. Whilst that journey will continue without me, the progress the club has made in recent months is palpable and I’m confident that all the components are in place to make this dream finally become a reality this season.
“My decision to leave Pontypool RFC was incredibly difficult, but the time is right to say goodbye to this truly remarkable rugby club. I will always be grateful to all those who supported me over the years and I wish everyone at the club every success in the future.”