Mark Williams has taken over as the new Millennium Stadium Manager for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). On his retirement from the Army, Lt Col Williams, 42, joins the WRU and in tandem with his management role will immediately take his place as a member of the WRU’s Executive Board.
I am deeply honoured to be joining the WRU in such an important role and I relish the challenges and opportunities this represents for me.
As a proud Welshman and rugby supporter I understand the important place the stadium holds in the whole psyche and culture of Wales. It enjoys a great reputation for delivering excellence and I will be working hard to sustain and build on that in the months and years ahead.
The WRU has already established a superb international rugby sporting calendar for several years ahead and I know the interest in the stadium as a major venue for music and important events is intense. We have to maintain high standards and adapt where necessary to make sure that everyone who uses the stadium enjoys a unique and rewarding experience.
WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis said:
I am delighted to welcome Mark Williams to the organisation in this crucial role at such an exciting time. We will soon be welcoming the Rugby League World Cup to Cardiff and then our Dove Men Autumn Series kicks off with games against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia.
I am confident that Mark has the leadership and management skills to grasp these opportunities to continue to build on the fantastic reputation as an international events venue the stadium now enjoys.
His military background speaks of precision, determination and clear strategic thinking which will all set him in good stead for the stadium manager role. He will be managing a strong and experienced team and I know he has the vision and ambition to get the best out of a great group of people. The stadium is a symbol of Wales and Mark is fully aware of the responsibility which is inherent in the role he is about to take on.
The Chairman of the WRU, David Pickering, who also chairs the Millennium Stadium plc Board, said:
This is a great appointment for the WRU and I know Mark already has strong and relevant relationships with the relevant local authorities, the emergency services and with the Welsh Government.
He will be able to hit the ground running and will be able to utilise his professional experience to make sure standards are maintained and opportunities are grasped. We are delighted to have secured such a high calibre individual to fulfil the crucially important role.