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Paul Caddick

Paul Caddick

Biography

Paul Caddick became owner of Leeds CF&A Co Ltd in October 1996, including ownership of Headingley Stadium. Under his leadership, the company turned from being perennial under achievers to world champions on the field and after years of losses, a profitable business off the field. In 2009 he became only the third Chairman to win four Championships, equalling the records of Jack Robinson at Wigan and Chris Caisley at Bradford Bulls.

Back in 1996, the Rugby League team was on the verge of bankruptcy having chased the dream of winning the Championship with world record transfer fees and over inflated pay packets and egos to match. Leeds had just escaped relegation in the first Super League competition and worse still Yorkshire County Cricket Club had announced that they were set to move to Durkar and leave behind over a century of history at Headingley Carnegie.

As the owner of the Headingley Stadium, Paul was instrumental in the Yorkshire CCC becoming owners of their own stadium for the first time in the club’s long history when he agreed to sell the cricket stadium to his neighbours in December 2005. Having started out as a site engineer in 1966, Paul Caddick went onto gain a degree in civil engineering at Sheffield Hallam University in 1974. After qualifying as a Chartered Civil and Municipal Engineer, he subsequently worked for the West Yorkshire County Council Engineers Department and John Laing before establishing his own civil engineering contracting company in 1980.

Under his leadership, the business rapidly expanded into building, design build, development and property, with significant achievements including the development of the first major business park in Yorkshire, Wakefield 41 Business Park. More recently successful projects include the development and sale of a large shopping centre in Kings Lynn with ongoing major developments including a high quality business park for corporate office occupiers at Stourton, a JV to redevelop the Trinity Quarter in Leeds and a mixed industrial and office scheme at Newburn.

Today, Paul retains a hands-on role at Caddick Developments. Away from work he enjoys sport particularly rugby and shooting.

Paul was instrumental in creating the world’s first dual code rugby partnership with Leeds RUFC joined forces with Leeds Rhinos to create Leeds Rugby Limited in July 1998. The Rugby Union team were rebranded Leeds Tykes and went on to achieve success at the highest level having come up through the divisions. In May 2007, Paul stood down as Chairman of Leeds Tykes after agreeing to allow Leeds Metropolitan University to take over 51% of the Rugby Union business and rebrand the team Leeds Carnegie however in 2009 following another restructure he once again took back control of the club.

Paul played second row during his Rugby Union playing days with Castleford and Headingley but supported Castleford Rugby League growing up. A proud father and grandfather, Paul regularly attends Rhinos games with his family.

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