Our Team

Filter by:

A graduate of St Andrews and Cambridge University, Damian played for Wasps and England, and was part of England’s World Cup-winning 7s team in 1993. He went on to play in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa and captained the England 7’s team in 1996 before being forced to retire from professional rugby in 1998 due to a career-ending knee injury. The lack of support available to professional players at that time motivated Damian to found the RPA later that same year. Building the business from nothing, he has worked tirelessly with the talented RPA team to deliver enhanced player welfare, support, representation and development for the 1,200 current and former professional rugby players in England. The RPA is now established as a key stakeholder in supporting both female and male professional rugby players in England.
Stuart Munday

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Tel: 020 3053 6674

Read More

Stuart Munday

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Tel: 020 3053 6674

Stuart joined the RPA in 2005 and has over 20 years’ experience in various finance and management roles from within trade union and membership based organisations, which included the position of Finance Officer at British Actors Equity Association. A member of the RPA Management Board, Stuart is responsible for the management of the daily business operations of the RPA Group and all performance management aspects of its respective departments.
Richard Bryan

PLAYER WELFARE DIRECTOR

Tel: 07921 065 947

Read More

Richard Bryan

PLAYER WELFARE DIRECTOR

Tel: 07921 065 947

Richard is a qualified lawyer and former player, having played for Bath, Newport and Leeds. During his time at Newport, Richard served as a Player Representative on the Board of the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association. During his time at Clarke Willmott solicitors Richard advised the RPA on legal issues.
Ben McGregor

HEAD OF GAIN LINE

Tel: 07889 601 696

Read More

Ben McGregor

HEAD OF GAIN LINE

Tel: 07889 601 696

Ben is a Loughborough University graduate and ex Leicester Tigers player who joined the RPA in November 2010. Prior to the RPA, Ben gained considerable experience in Management, Business Development and Training, including working with Management Consultancy firm Accenture. In 2012, Ben was seconded to the successful Team GB during the London 2012 Olympics.
Gaia Bursell

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL + TEAM ENGLAND

Tel: 020 3053 6679

Read More

Gaia Bursell

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL + TEAM ENGLAND

Tel: 020 3053 6679

Gaia will work exclusively on all Team England Rugby and England Rugby Hospitality matters. Gaia previously held the RPA role of Team England Account Manager between 2004 and 2008 before moving on to work as a Senior Agent at ITM Sports, Commercial Director at Activate Management and more recently as Senior Brand Partnership Manager at Jamie Oliver.
Penny Maltby-Payne

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Tel: 020 3053 6670

Penny Maltby-Payne

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Tel: 020 3053 6670

Natalie Beckett

HEAD OF MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

Tel: 020 3053 6685

Read More

Natalie Beckett

HEAD OF MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

Tel: 020 3053 6685

Natalie joined the RPA from England Hockey where she worked as a Relationship Manager, having previously worked for England Netball, Kroll and Deloitte.

In her role as Head of Membership Services, Natalie is responsible for managing the daily delivery of all Player Services available to RPA members.
Christian Day

HEAD OF PLAYER AFFAIRS

Tel: 020 3053 6670

Read More

Christian Day

HEAD OF PLAYER AFFAIRS

Tel: 020 3053 6670

Christian retired from professional rugby at the conclusion of the 2017/18 season to embark on a new full-time position as The RPA’s Player Liaison Officer.

Christian represented Sale Sharks, Stade Français Paris and Northampton Saints over a career spanning 17 seasons. Over his career he made 220 Premiership appearances placing him 13th on the all-time appearances list, lifting the Premiership Trophy in 2005-6’ with The Sale Sharks and 2013-14’ with The Northampton Saints.

Christian brings a wealth of experience to the role having served as a member of the RPA Players’ Board since 2011, including three years as RPA Chairman from 2014 to 2017.

Mark Lambert

HEAD OF RUGBY POLICY

Lauren Gough

FINANCE AND HR MANAGER

Tel: 020 3053 6676

Read More

Lauren Gough

FINANCE AND HR MANAGER

Tel: 020 3053 6676

Lauren joined the RPA in September 2016 to assist the Finance and HR Director. Lauren has previously held a similar position at a successful recruitment and training company for the past six years. Her duties at the RPA include Sales & Purchase ledger, credit control, and payments for both RPA Management & Restart Rugby.
Emma Kernan-Staines

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Tel: 020 3053 6677

Read More

Emma Kernan-Staines

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Tel: 020 3053 6677

Emma joined the RPA in January 2018 as Executive Assistant. Emma previously worked at Sport England, where she was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Chairman since 2015. Prior to this, she worked at the Football Association for 12 years, with her main role being Executive PA to Sir Trevor Brooking from 2004 to 2014. Emma is also the co-founder of the Sport PA Network.
Louise Dennis

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Harlequins & Saracens - Maternity Cover)

Tel: 07791 511418

Read More

Louise Dennis

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Harlequins & Saracens - Maternity Cover)

Tel: 07791 511418

Louise's background has most recently been as Head of Programme - Diploma in Sporting Excellence at Hartbury College.

Other previous roles have included Director of Rugby Development Army Rugby Union, Education Manager at Coventry City Football Club and Lecturer in specialist sport qualifications and programmes.
Tom Hodgins

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Leicester Tigers & Northampton Saints - Maternity Cover)

Tel: 07912 293822

Read More

Tom Hodgins

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Leicester Tigers & Northampton Saints - Maternity Cover)

Tel: 07912 293822

Tom has an extensive background in working across a range of professional sports as a psychologist.

Amongst Tom’s previous roles are Academy Psychologist for Sale Sharks, Brighton & Hove Albion and also Psychologist for Northampton Saints and England Rugby Sevens.
Donovan O'Grady

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (London Irish & England Women - maternity cover)

Tel: 07889 601709

Donovan O'Grady

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (London Irish & England Women - maternity cover)

Tel: 07889 601709

Luke Cheyne

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Wasps & Worcester Warriors)

Tel: 079077 83144

Read More

Luke Cheyne

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Wasps & Worcester Warriors)

Tel: 079077 83144

A former Sports Scholar at Liverpool John Moores University, Luke is also the current England Deaf Rugby Captain.
Prior to joining the RPA, Luke developed extensive experience across coach education, business development and education, holding a senior role at Coerver Coaching England & Wales whilst also having previously worked with Everton FC and Warwickshire College.
Matt Leek

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Bath Rugby & Bristol Bears)

Tel: 07801 546 169

Read More

Matt Leek

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Bath Rugby & Bristol Bears)

Tel: 07801 546 169

A former Worcester Academy and Newport Gwent Dragons player, Matt joins the RPA with varied experience in education, coaching and business development. Bristol born and bred, Matt has been a leader in the delivery of education and teacher training at Bristol Brunel Academy for the last six years. He is also an RFU Rugby Heroes award winner, having created and led the Cabot Learning Federation Academy since 2013 which combines on and off field development of players from 8 local academies.
Craig Townsend

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Exeter Chiefs & Gloucester Rugby)

Tel: 07912 293 820

Read More

Craig Townsend

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Exeter Chiefs & Gloucester Rugby)

Tel: 07912 293 820

Craig joins the RPA as our new Development Manager for Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs.

Craig has extensive experience in performance sport, business development and education. A former player, England 7’s Team Manager and University of Exeter High Performance Sport Manager, Craig will hit the ground running and further enhance the credibility of our already talented team.
Hamish Pratt

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Sale Sharks & Newcastle Falcons)

Tel: 07826 848 499

Hamish Pratt

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Sale Sharks & Newcastle Falcons)

Tel: 07826 848 499

Elissa Middleton

Partnerships and Events Manager

Tel: 020 3053 6683

Read More

Elissa Middleton

Partnerships and Events Manager

Tel: 020 3053 6683

Elissa joined the RPA as Partnerships Manager in April 2013 and is responsible for the account management of various blue chip organisations including Aviva, BMW, KPMG, Sunday Times, and Champagne Bollinger. Having previously worked with Maurissa F1 she brings with her a wealth of experience in account management, public relations, event management, and marketing communications.
James Wilson

COMMERCIAL EXECUTIVE

Tel: 020 3053 6670

James Wilson

COMMERCIAL EXECUTIVE

Tel: 020 3053 6670

Stephen Thomas

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Tel: 07826 852 285

Read More

Stephen Thomas

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Tel: 07826 852 285

Stephen joins from DAZN, where he has been working as their Social Media Assistant Producer since 2017. Prior to this, Stephen spent three years at Sale Sharks as their Social Media & Website Executive.
Ellie Edwards

RESTART FUNDRAISING MANAGER

Tel: 07715 036 545

Ellie Edwards

RESTART FUNDRAISING MANAGER

Tel: 07715 036 545

Ellie most recently worked for The Harlequins Foundation with previous roles including Foundation Coordinator and, more recently, Events Coordinator.
Judith Batchelar

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

Read More

Judith Batchelar

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

Judith has worked in the food and drink industry for more than 35 years and is a Biochemist and Nutritionist. She has been Director of Sainsbury’s Brand since 2004 and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s product offering, policy, corporate responsibility, sustainability and public affairs. In addition to her work at Sainsbury’s, Judith is a Non Executive Director of The Environment Agency, sits on the Executive Board of the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, and the Board of Trustees for Farm Africa, the Matt Hampson Foundation, and is also an ambassador for the Woodland Trust.

When Judith leaves Sainsbury’s in November, in addition to her position at the RPA, she will also continue to spend time as a Non-Executive Director at the Environment Agency, and pursue her work as a Trustee of The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, The Princes Accounting for Sustainability Project, and The Matt Hampson Foundation.
Mark Campion

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

Read More

Mark Campion

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

Mark joined Campion Willcocks & Associates Ltd in 1988 eventually taking over as Managing Director and assuming overall responsibility for the business in 1994. Today he works at senior executive and board level, managing relationships and helping clients to identify, understand and address the change management issues they face. Mark was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the RPA in 2003.
Ethan Waller

WORCESTER, RPA CHAIR

Ethan Waller

WORCESTER, RPA CHAIR

Position: Prop
Elected: 2018/19
Vickii Cornborough

ENGLAND WOMEN, VICE CHAIR

Vickii Cornborough

ENGLAND WOMEN, VICE CHAIR

Position: Prop
Years on Board: 2
Tom Ellis

BATH RUGBY

Tom Ellis

BATH RUGBY

Position: Back Row
Years on Board: Elected 2020/21
Dave Attwood

BRISTOL BEARS

Dave Attwood

BRISTOL BEARS

Position: Second Row
Elected: 2020/21
Harvey Skinner

EXETER CHIEFS

Harvey Skinner

EXETER CHIEFS

Position: Fly-Half
Elected: 2021/22
Harry Elrington

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Harry Elrington

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Position: Prop
Elected 2020/21
Aaron Morris

HARLEQUINS

Aaron Morris

HARLEQUINS

Position: Wing
Elected: 2020/21
Harry Wells

LEICESTER TIGERS

Harry Wells

LEICESTER TIGERS

Position: Second Row
Elected: 2020/21
James Stokes

LONDON IRISH

James Stokes

LONDON IRISH

Position: Wing/Full-Back
Elected: 2021/22
Sean Robinson

NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Sean Robinson

NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Position: Second-Row
Elected: 2021/22
Reece Marshall

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Reece Marshall

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

POSITION: Hooker:
Elected: 2021/22

Richard Barrington

SARACENS

SARACENS:

Position: Prop
Elected: 2019/20
Simon Hammersley

SALE SHARKS

Simon Hammersley

SALE SHARKS

Position: Full Back
Elected: 2021/22

Ben Morris

WASPS

Position: Back-Row
Elected On The Board: 2021/22