Ben Calveley is currently the CEO of The British & Irish Lions since November 2018.
The British & Irish Lions is an iconic, globally renowned sporting brand, built upon 130 years of history andtradition with tours taking place regularly since 1888 made up of the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Prior to joining Lions Rugby, Ben worked as Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs for the RFU from June 2011 working on corporate strategy, policy, public affairs, international relations, project and risk management, fundraising and events.
He also worked for UK Sport from 2007 where he led a team advising all Olympic and Paralympic sports on how to increase their influence within the International Federations to which they affiliate. Calveley joined UK Sport from PMP, the sports consultancy firm, where he led the Football division and managed complex domestic and international sport projects involving multi-disciplinary teams including advising on how to develop grass root and elite sporting systems in a number of international markets.
In 2021 he oversaw the successful delivery of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, undoubtedly one of the most challenging tours that the Lions have ever undertaken due to the global pandemic.
Ben began professional life working in Mergers and Acquisitions with Arthur Andersen and holds an MBA.
He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and three young children.