Meet our dedicated board of trustees who bring together a wealth of knowledge and expertise within and outside of the game, to monitor and support the charity's objectives. You can read more about each of them below.
Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant and partner at Haysmacintyre LLP. Jeremy is involved in the firm’s management, and also acts for a number of sports related clients and membership bodies. He has previously held positions as Non-Executive Chairman of GB Taekwondo, and served on the Board of British Water Ski and Wakeboard.
He is currently a non-executive director of MSI Global Alliance, an international association of lawyers and accountants.
Mark is Executive Chairman at Campion Willcocks, providing consulting, interim and compliance solutions that enable clients in financial services to successfully deliver their strategic agendas.
Mark’s commitment to sport and rugby is shown through the board positions he holds such as a non-executive Director of The Rugby Players Association, and Vice Chairman of the Fundraising Board of Fields in Trust (FIT).
James retired from a 17-year career as a professional rugby player at the end of the 2018/2019 season having played for Stade Français, Ricoh Black Rams, Highlanders, Wasps and Northampton Saints. With 77 caps for England between 2007 and 2019, James also joined the British & Irish Lions Tour in 2017.
Aside from joining our board of trustees in March 2020, James’ day-to-day is packed full with promoting his business interests within the health and fitness industry, music production and DJ’ing, and also presenting on both TV and podcasts such as The Good, The Bad & The Rugby.
Former Dragons, Wasps, London Welsh and Bath forward, Ed was forced to retire from professional rugby in 2017.
At the age of 28, Ed suffered a serious spinal injury that left him virtually paralysed from the neck down. Not only did Ed have to come to terms with never being able to play professional rugby again but he was told that he might not ever walk.
Restart provided Ed with the support he needed, providing vital funds to pay for intensive life-transforming physiotherapy sessions. After defying opinions, Ed’s determination, along with a bit of medical science means he is now conquering mountains like Mont Blanc and pulling others along with him.
Now Ed has acquired many strings to his bow including Sports TV presenter for Channel 4, inspirational speaker, mountaineer and co-founder of the M2M Foundation.
Ugo formerly played for Harlequins for over 13 years, having started his career at the club in 2002. He went onto secure 237 appearances for the club, scoring 87 tries and winning a Premiership Title in the process before retiring from the professional game in 2015. Ugo also represented the British & Irish Lions on their 2009 tour to South Africa and made 14 appearances for England between 2008 and 2010.
Ugo is now one of the most respected voices in world rugby as a TV Presenter for BT Sport and ITV Sport, a host on the Rugby Union Weekly Podcast with the BBC and also a columnist for the Guardian. In recent times, Ugo has stepped up to tackle issues such as diversity and inclusivity in rugby, across the men's and women's games.
Simon is Managing Director of Hawker Chase, a headhunting firm specialising in the Defence and Cyber Security and Financial Services industries.
He has been involved in rugby both as a player and coach for forty years, playing for various Armed Forces sides and coaching juniors at Salisbury Rugby Club and Dorset and Wilts county, but now spends his time on the touch line supporting his two sons or watching Bath. He has also been involved as a career mentor for the Rugby Players Association, before becoming a trustee for Restart in 2014.