I am a successful Sports Management Professional experienced in the strategic development of sport, managing a team, budgeting, and implementation of a wide range of sports-related programmes. I am experienced in working in and with a variety of NGB’s on local, regional and national level, as well as community and school environments. At the core of my working life, developing clubs to be able to offer opportunities to the communities they serve has always been a key aspect.

I was a Rugby player for 30 years from the age of 10 until my retirement at 40, playing for a variety of clubs. My main club was Burton RFC for whom I played over 250 1st XV games and also represented Staffordshire. Once retired from Rugby I took up Judo again (had done it as a child up to the age of 15) and have gained my 2nd Dan Black Belt and won the British Veteran’s Championship and competed at the Commonwealth Judo Championships of 2019 finishing 5th. As a youngster I was also a keen competitive swimmer with Shrewsbury SC.

During my working life I have been a Rugby Development Officer in the East Midlands, a Partnership Development Manager in a School Sport Partnership in Corby, Oundle and Thrapston and as a National Development Officer for the British Judo Association with regional responsibility for clubs in East Anglia and the East Midlands and National leads in Disability Judo, Diploma in Sporting Excellence, Schools Judo and the National Coaching Conference.

I was also fortunate to be employed at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as the Sports Equipment and Playing Field Manager for the Judo events. 

I am a qualified L3 Rugby Coach, hold an ASA Teachers Certificate and L2 Judo Coach along with a number of others. Additionally, I have Sports Tutoring and Assessing qualifications and have been involved in the delivery, assessment and verification of Coach Education courses in Rugby and Judo.

Over the years I have been involved in the running and coaching of a variety of clubs in different sports and understand from first hand experience the pressures that volunteers face in keeping clubs on an even keel. Much of this experience has come because of my 3 children (and my wife) being involved, which will be similar to many of the volunteers that work within RLSS clubs.
I look forward to meeting with as many clubs and people within those clubs over the coming months as possible, and hope that I can help you achieve some of the goals that you have for your clubs.