Northampton Saints has today announced changes to its marketing and communications team.
Tim Percival has joined the club as director of marketing and communications.
Percival joins from the Rugby Football Union (RFU), where he was communications manager for the England national team under head coach Eddie Jones. Prior to his role at the RFU, Percival has held senior marketing and communications roles at CAA Sports, npower and Wasps, where he was instrumental in helping transition the club from High Wycombe to the West Midlands.
Reporting to chief executive Mark Darbon, Percival will form part of a new, restructured Executive Team alongside director of rugby Jim Mallinder, finance director Julia Chapman and a new commercial director who will be announced in the coming months.
“We are delighted to welcome Tim to the Saints family,” commented Darbon.
“Tim has deep experience in rugby and brings a strong combination of marketing and communications expertise to the club. He will play a key role in continuing to build the club’s supporter base and ensuring we have strong relationships with the media.”
“It’s an enormous privilege to be joining Saints,” added Percival. “The club has a rich history, passionate and loyal supporters and is an important part of the local community.
“I can’t wait to get to work with everyone at the club to help it reach new heights both on and off the pitch.”
As part of these changes head of communications Chris Wearmouth will be leaving the Saints on October 6th after 10-and-a-half years at Franklin’s Gardens.
“On behalf of the board I would like to thank Chris for the tremendous contribution he has made during his time with the club. We are incredibly grateful for his hard work and dedication and the significant impact he has made,” Darbon added. “Chris has been at the very heart of Northampton Saints for the last decade and he will be missed at Franklin’s Gardens.”
“It has been a roller coaster 10 years with plenty of highlights and memorable moments,” said Wearmouth. “The Saints is a unique club with some fantastic players, staff and supporters and it has been tremendous to have been a part of it during what has been a very successful time. I’d like to thank everyone at Franklin’s Gardens and wish them all the best for the future.”