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The Team

Meet the project leadership team, find out about their roles and previous experience.

Tarquin McDonald

Project Strategy and Oversight

Bath Rugby – CEO
Arena 1865 – Director
Bath Rugby Foundation – Trustee

Tarquin’s experience includes seven years in finance, corporate finance, and business advisory roles at KPMG, together with five years in industry.

He subsequently joined Bath Rugby and Arena 1865 in 2012, taking responsibility for the stadium development project as part of his role, including the previous development project with Wilkinson Eyre and the two successful projects to enhance the temporary stadium at the Rec ahead of the 2014/15 and 2016/17 seasons respectively.

Tarquin is responsible for project oversight, key stakeholder relationships and for delivering a legacy for the Club, the community and the city of which everyone is proud.

Lynne Fernquest

Legacy, Social Impact and Community Benefit

Bath Rugby Foundation - Chief Executive

The Foundation’s aim is to use sport to influence young lives for the better and enable children and young adults to succeed in the most challenging of circumstances. The new stadium will act as a catalyst for this important work in the city.

Before leading Bath Rugby Foundation, Lynne had a successful 30 year career in journalism. She trained as a reporter with the Newcastle Journal and Chronicle and progressed through the media industry as a sub editor, head of editorial production, deputy editor and finally editor.

Phil Robinson

Programme Director

Arena 1865 – Director

Phil has a wealth of experience in leading complex development projects both locally across B&NES and the South West region and also in stadium development most recently with Bristol City FC and Wembley Stadium. His approach is to be collaborative and inclusive and to encourage clients and development teams to forge strong relationships with all stakeholders.


Phil will be responsible for leading the project delivery and coordinating the various work streams which combine to deliver this exciting project for Bath.

Colin Davis

Finance, Project Appraisal, Business Planning

Bath Rugby - Finance Director
Arena 1865 – Director

Colin has over 12 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, including significant exposure to business forecasting and investment appraisal. He is currently responsible for financial reporting, budgeting, cash-flow management and business planning for the Club.
 
In his role as a Director of Arena 1865, Colin will be responsible for the overall project budget, financial planning and project appraisal.

Simon Pugh-Jones

Design Oversight

Arena 1865 – Principal Architect

Simon is an accomplished Chartered Architect specialising in the creative development of historic buildings and sites. As Design Director with a national practice he oversaw the design of Bath Rugby’s training facility at Farleigh House and in 2011 he became Principal Architect with Arena 1865 and undertook the delivery of that same project.  

Simon will be responsible for design oversight and managing the relationship with the lead architect who will deliver the project design. He will also help ensure that the vision for the project is protected through the delivery phase.

Ben Wells

Commercial Planning and Economic Benefit

Bath Rugby - Chief Commercial Officer

Ben has 20 years’ experience in the commercial and marketing side of sport. Throughout his career, he has worked with multiple major international sports organisations and also advised blue chip brands on sponsorship strategy. Ben spent six years at Chelsea Football Club where he was responsible for global marketing and sponsorship and has also been Commercial Director at Reading FC.

Ben joined Bath Rugby in October 2017, having previously worked as a consultant on the stadium project.

In his role Ben is responsible for delivering the commercial strategy for the new stadium, and for helping deliver enhanced economic benefits to the city.

Vicki Smith

Marketing and Engagement

Bath Rugby - Marketing Director

Vicki has over 20 years experience in consumer-led marketing. Throughout her career she has been responsible for global leisure brands, ensuring product innovation and brand development remain a core focus for continuously enhancing customer enjoyment, satisfaction entertainment and engagement.

Most recently she has been responsible for developing the Bath Rugby brand marketing strategy, developing the playing and retail product range, commercial partnerships and community driven activation. Her key focus with Stadium for Bath is to deliver truly memorable, world-class experiences for all.

Alex Cohen

Operations, Facilities Management, Neighbour Liaison

Bath Rugby - Operations Director

In addition to Alex’s operational experience at Bath Rugby, he has significant previous experience in planning and delivering safe large-scale public events, together with stakeholder management and collaboration including public bodies and local residents. He is now responsible for matchdays, along with overseeing all facilities, IT, catering and other major projects across all of Bath Rugby’s sites.

He will be responsible for ensuring the new stadium design meets the requirements of players and coaches, and in ensuring the supporter and visitor experience is simple, fluid and safe.

Shula Smith

Communications, PR, Stakeholder Engagement

Stadium Development - Head of Communications and PR

Shula is an award-winning public relations and communications professional with over 14 years' experience across a broad range of industries. She has a clear track-record for delivering strong media relations in both B2C and B2B, and is highly experienced in corporate communications, stakeholder and community relations, events and integrated campaign planning and execution

In her role, Shula is directly responsible for delivering an effective communications and consultation programme to support new proposals for delivering world-class facilities at the Rec.

Mike Bohndiek

Technology, Infrastructure and Strategy

Consultant Chief Technology Officer

Mike is an IT and commercial professional with a deep knowledge of sports and stadium delivery. Having spent his entire career in the field, working through two stadium migrations (Emirates Stadium & London Stadium) in amongst deploying technological solutions to 14 other UK venues and stadia, he will be responsible for designing and implementing the technology strategy.

Mike is used to dealing with all aspects of stadia technological delivery, from infrastructure to access control and operations to fan experience. Mike brings a holistic skill set to meet the vision of Stadium for Bath.