Having been at the Club for seven years, Managing Director Tony Copsey is leaving Harlequins to join London Wasps as Chief Executive. He joined Quins in the summer of 2000 from Llanelli Scarlets, where he spent two years as the Club's Commercial and Marketing Manager.
During his time at Quins, Copsey has played a significant role in helping the Club to dramatically increase their fan base, with consistent growth in both season ticket sales and matchday attendances. Furthermore, he has been a key figure in the development of Quins famous stadium, the Twickenham Stoop, culminating with the opening of the Lexus Stand in September 2005 that has taken the capacity to 12,700.
"It was a fantastic opportunity to join Quins when I was offered the chance seven years ago and, aside from those few minutes on the field that resulted in the Club being relegated back in 2005, I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it," said Copsey.
"It's been great to see Quins progress both on and off the field during my time at the Club and I believe that we have developed a very strong community between everyone involved in the business; from players and staff to our loyal fans and sponsors."
"I would like to thank everyone involved at Quins, but in particular Charles Jillings (Chairman) and Mark Evans (Chief Executive) for their support in my application for the Chief Executive role at Wasps. It's going to be difficult to move across London to join one of Quins greatest rivals, but it's a job that offers a number of new challenges that I'm excited about."
"I'm looking forward to catching up with the many friends I've made at Quins at the London Double Header at the start of the new season (15th September), as well as making the trip back to the Stoop - and sharing plenty of banter! - when the two sides meet on 20th October in the Guinness Premiership."
"Everybody at Harlequins is very well aware of the tremendous achievements Tony has made in the last seven years," said Mark Evans, Harlequins Chief Executive. "He has been central in many of the developments at the Club during this time. We wish Tony all the very best in his new role at Wasps and he can be assured of a very warm welcome whenever he comes back to the Stoop."
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.