Rob Andrew appointed chief executive of Sussex

Rob Andrew has worked with Newcastle Falcons and the Rugby Football Union in director post.
Rob Andrew has worked with Newcastle Falcons and the Rugby Football Union in director post.
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Former Rugby Football Union (RFU) Professional Rugby Director Rob Andrew has been confirmed as the new chief executive of Sussex Cricket.

Andrew, 53, has rich experience in sports administration after working as the rugby director of English club Newcastle Falcons and was later appointed as Director of Elite Rugby of England team by the RFU - a post he held on until February 2016.

The former fly-half had also represented England 71 times and amassed 396 points while also gone on to represent British and Irish Lions five times.

A left-handed batsman and right arm off-break bowler, Andrew has also played 17 first-class matches for Cambridge University in 1984-85.

Chairman of Sussex Cricket Jim May was delighted to have Andrew on board and believes his rich experience in sports administration will benefit the club.

“I am extremely pleased about the appointment of Rob Andrew. He has exceptional experience, both playing and administering sport which will be of great help to our cricket management delivering success," said May.

“Rob will be joining us at an important moment and he fully believes in our strategy of increasing the quantity and quality of participation in the recreational game. This is designed to build a stronger player pathway to ensure that Sussex succeeds at the top level of cricket in the long term.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Zac, who leaves a strong legacy and with the thanks of everyone involved in Sussex Cricket for his four years at the helm.”

Meanwhile, Andrew said he is excited and is looking forward to the new responsibility.

“I am thrilled and really excited to be joining Sussex. The structures that have been put in place under the Sussex Cricket Limited umbrella have laid a very strong foundation for the future.

“I am looking forward to working with everyone connected with Sussex to help create success in professional cricket, recreational cricket and community programmes and ensuring that Hove remains a very special cricket ground.

“I will be focussing on driving forward the strategy over the next few years and helping write the next chapter in the rich history of Cricket in Sussex. These are exciting times for Sussex Cricket and cricket in general and I can't wait to get started.”

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