Speaking in his first leadership interview, after England won against Fiji in the world cup, Exeter Chiefs Chairman Tony Rowe congratulated Geoff Parling for playing well and stated that he will be a good leader in future years back on the field at the Exeter ground, Sandy Park.
Tony took over running the Exeter club twenty years ago with ambitions to propel it into the premier league. Now the club has a clutch of world cup players as well as three world cup games to be hosted at Sandy Park. There are further ambitions to create access for twenty thousand fans in the coming years, increasing the number of families that can enjoy the game.
As a leader, he insists that his secret is to empower everyone who works for him at the club and also his company SW Comms. Leaving school at fifteen to join the Royal Marines, (he says to avoid getting into trouble), he is now aiming for a thirty million pound turnover for SW Comms by 2020.
To be successful he admits it is important to have a real belief that you can win. Exeter Chiefs went on to victory against Bath on Saturday.