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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

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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

RUGBY DIRECTOR

Tel: 07921 065 947

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Richard Bryan

RUGBY 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 (Development Manager, Saracens)

Tel: 07889 601 696

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Ben McGregor

HEAD OF GAIN LINE (Development Manager, Saracens)

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.
Tom McDowell

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Tel: 020 3053 6678

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Tom McDowell

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS

Tel: 020 3053 6678

Tom joined as our RPA Head of Communications in June 2016.

Tom spent almost nine years in-house at Sky in various PR and communications roles, including three as a department head. During his time at Sky, Tom worked on a number of high-profile campaigns, including Game of Thrones, Barclays Premier League, The Ryder Cup and the launches of Sky Atlantic and Sky Sports F1.
Gaia Bursell

HEAD OF COMMERCIAL + TEAM ENGLAND

Tel: 020 3053 6679

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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.
Jake Abbott

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Wasps & Worcester Warriors)

Tel: 07889 601 709

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Jake Abbott

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Wasps & Worcester Warriors)

Tel: 07889 601 709

Jake joined the RPA in June 2016 as our Personal Development Manager for Worcester Warriors and Wasps.

As a former Worcester Warriors and England 7’s player, Jake returns to the RPA after spending time as an RPA Player Representative during his 72 game career at the Warriors.
Natalie Beckett

PLAYER SERVICES MANAGER

Tel: 020 3053 6685

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Natalie Beckett

PLAYER SERVICES MANAGER

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 Player Services Manager Natalie is responsible for managing the daily delivery of all Player Services available to RPA members.
Luke Cheyne

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Leicester Tigers & Northampton Saints)

Tel: 07912 293 822

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Luke Cheyne

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Leicester Tigers & Northampton Saints)

Tel: 07912 293 822

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.
Christian Day

PLAYER LIAISON OFFICER

Tel: 07841 757 440

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Christian Day

PLAYER LIAISON OFFICER

Tel: 07841 757 440

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.
Ursula Fairlie

FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE

Tel: 020 3053 6682

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Ursula Fairlie

FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE

Tel: 020 3053 6682

Ursula joined the RPA in March 2018 as the new Fundraising Executive for Restart Rugby. Previously at Friends of ANCHOR, a north-east Scotland cancer charity, Ursula held the position of Fundraising and PR Executive. During her time there, the charity grew significantly with income increasing by 40%, with Ursula’s involvement being across many areas of the organization including fundraising, events and communications.
Josh Frape

TRANSITION MANAGER

Tel: 07725 142 065

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Josh Frape

TRANSITION MANAGER

Tel: 07725 142 065

Josh joined the RPA in 2009. A graduate in Sports Science and Marketing, Josh also played for Gloucester before being forced to retire through injury. Following his retirement Josh worked with Top Marque Sports, which give him a valuable insight into the challenges facing players as they transition out of rugby.
Lauren Gough

FINANCE AND HR OFFICER

Tel: 020 3053 6676

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Lauren Gough

FINANCE AND HR OFFICER

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.
Caroline Humpherson

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Harlequins & England Men's 7s)

Tel: 07590 890 812

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Caroline Humpherson

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Harlequins & England Men's 7s)

Tel: 07590 890 812

Caroline joined the RPA in 2007, having gained a BA (Hons) in Sociology from Nottingham University and was soon promoted to the role of Player Services Manager. Since 2012 Caroline took on the role of Personal Development Manager and represents England 7s and Harlequins.
Lynsey Hyslop

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Tel: 07725 142 064

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Lynsey Hyslop

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Tel: 07725 142 064

Before joining the RPA in 2012 Lynsey worked with a Crime Reduction Charity as an Education Coordinator, designing curriculum and managing alternative education provisions. Her Psychology and Criminology degree was put to good use when she worked in a male prison for four years assisting prisoners with their preparation for release. With a masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Lynsey is currently studying for a PhD in Business and Economics at Loughborough University. She also leads the RPA’s education pillar of the PDP.
Kim Johnson

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (England Women & London Irish)

Tel: 07889 601 708

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Kim Johnson

SENIOR DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (England Women & London Irish)

Tel: 07889 601 708

Kim joined the team in 2013. Coming from a sporting background in International tennis Kim is also a graduate in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University. Before joining the RPA Kim gained experience across the sporting landscape with Octagon, IMG and most recently in Athlete Investment at UK Sport.
Emma Kernan-Staines

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Tel: 020 3053 6677

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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.
Matt Leek

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Bath Rugby & Bristol Bears)

Tel: 07801 546 169

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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.
Mike McCarthy

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Newcastle Falcons & Sale Sharks)

Tel: 07826 848 499

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Mike McCarthy

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Newcastle Falcons & Sale Sharks)

Tel: 07826 848 499

Mike was appointed the Development Manager for Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks in August 2018.

An ex-Ireland, Leinster, Connacht, Newcastle and Wasps player, Mike retired from professional rugby in 2017. He has since combined working for Vodafone with coaching in Ireland. He joins the RPA following a 17 year playing career and brings with him a wealth of experience of professional rugby and the off-field personal development and welfare needs of players.
Elissa Middleton

PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER

Tel: 020 3053 6683

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Elissa Middleton

PARTNERSHIPS 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.
Craig Townsend

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (Exeter Chiefs & Gloucester Rugby)

Tel: 07912 293 820

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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.
Bethany Wright

FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE

Tel: 020 3053 6680

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Bethany Wright

FUNDRAISING EXECUTIVE

Tel: 020 3053 6680

Bethany joined the RPA in June 2018 as our Fundraising Executive. She will work alongside Ursula Fairlie to promote and drive the profile of Restart Rugby.
Mark Campion

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

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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.
Harry Keogh

Non-Executive Director of The RPA

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Harry Keogh

Non-Executive Director of The RPA

Harry has extensive experience in general management within financial services having worked in the banking industry for over 30 years with roles at Williams & Glyn’s, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Coutts. Harry has always had a deep interest in rugby, is a keen supporter of Harlequins and has been involved in a number of Testimonial Committees.
Joe Ryan

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

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Joe Ryan

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

After a 35 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, of which the last 24 years were as a partner, specialising in international transactions which led him to work in over 40 countries and to work on some of the world’s largest ever takeovers, Joe retired and took up a number of NED roles, both in paid and volunteer positions. Joe is a Chartered Accountant and has attended various programmes at London Business School over a twenty year period.
Judith Batchelar

Non-Executive Director of the RPA

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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.
Mark Lambert

HARLEQUINS, RPA CHAIRMAN

Mark Lambert

HARLEQUINS, RPA CHAIRMAN

HARLEQUINS

Position: Prop

Years on Board: 5
Phil Burgess

ENGLAND SEVENS, RPA VICE-CHAIRMAN

Phil Burgess

ENGLAND SEVENS, RPA VICE-CHAIRMAN

ENGLAND MEN’S SEVENS

Position: Flanker

Years on Board: 5
Charlie Ewels

BATH RUGBY

Charlie Ewels

BATH RUGBY

BATH RUGBY

Position: Lock

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Nick Fenton-Wells

BRISTOL BEARS

Nick Fenton-Wells

BRISTOL BEARS

BRISTOL BEARS

Position: Front-row

Years on Board: 1
James Freeman

EXETER CHIEFS

James Freeman

EXETER CHIEFS

EXETER CHIEFS

Position: Flanker

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Mark Atkinson

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Mark Atkinson

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

GLOUCESTER RUGBY

Position: Centre

Years on Board: 1
Mathew Tait

LEICESTER TIGERS

Mathew Tait

LEICESTER TIGERS

Position: Centre

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Dave Porecki

LONDON IRISH

Dave Porecki

LONDON IRISH

Position: Hooker

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Sam Lockwood

NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Sam Lockwood

NEWCASTLE FALCONS

Position: Prop

Years on Board: 1
Alex Waller

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Alex Waller

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

Position: Prop

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Josh Beaumont

SALE SHARKS

Josh Beaumont

SALE SHARKS

Position: Lock

Years on Board: 1

Vickii Cornborough

ENGLAND WOMEN

Vickii Cornborough

ENGLAND WOMEN

ENGLAND WOMEN

Position: Prop

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Deborah Fleming

ENGLAND SEVENS

Deborah Fleming

ENGLAND SEVENS

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Jackson Wray

SARACENS

Jackson Wray

SARACENS

Position: Back-row

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19
Ethan Waller

WORCESTER WARRIORS

Ethan Waller

WORCESTER WARRIORS

Position: Prop

Years on Board: Elected 2018/19

Alex Rieder

WASPS

Position: Back-row

Years on Board: 2