Rachel Roxburgh, CEO
Rachel has always worked in the third sector. Primarily with Cancer Research UK, building and heading up their phenomenally successful 5km women's event: Race for Life. She then moved into more strategic roles before heading over to be Director of Fundraising at the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Coming into the Dallaglio Foundation, as their first CEO, Rachel's ambition was to create a legacy for Lawrence that he feels proud of. With the amazing people he surrounds himself with, she finds this is a very pleasurable task.
Paula Robertson, Head of Operations
Paula came to the Dallaglio Foundation straight from Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and after a year of travelling in South East Asia and the United States. In previous roles Paula has been a Primary School Teacher, an Events Manager and a Networks Officer. Born in Malta with a Scottish twist, Paula is an avid rugby supporter of Scotland and the Leicester Tigers, no one's sure how she got past Lawrence. After years of volunteering finally she has embarked on a career in the charity sector and in an ideal role at the Dallaglio Foundation - what a way to combine your passions!
Jo Bailey, Head of Fundraising
Jo came to the Dallaglio Foundation from a sports marketing and commercial background. Starting her career at Pitch, a sports marketing agency, Jo worked on the first Dallaglio Cycle Slam back in 2010. Moving on to the LTA in 2011, Jo has done almost a full circle and come back to the Dallaglio Foundation in 2014, this time as part of the team. An avid sports fan, Jo plays hockey, tennis, cycles and generally follows any sport that goes. She recently worked voluntarily on a trans-Atlantic rowing campaign raising £150,000 for three charities, with the two man crew successfully completing their challenge in January 2014. Jo is now excited to be able to combine her passions for sport and charity in this new phase of her career.
Georgie Dixon, Events Executive
Will Smith, Lead Coach
Born and raised in Brighton, Will started playing at age 14 having previously only played football. His school rugby coach eventually persuaded him to try it out and since that day he has never looked back. He has travelled to New Zealand and Australia twice on rugby tours, once with Sussex and once with England Colleges and is now the captain of his local side. Having worked as a Personal Trainer for 5 years, Will turned his attention to coaching the youth teams at his local club and enjoyed it so much he decided to change his career to focus on youth development. Will is excited to use his passion for coaching for an excellent cause with the Dallaglio Foundation.
Matt Ryan, Coach & Employability Coordinator
Born and raised in East Sussex. Matt started playing at the age of eight at his local club side Heathfield RFC, he then joined Eastbourne RFC and spent the next eight years playing for The Eastbourne sharks. Throughout this time he represented Sussex, London & South East and was a member of the Harlequins Elite Player Development Group. Matt studied at Sussex Downs College in Lewes and whilst there he was selected to play for London & South East colleges and represented England Colleges. Matt's employment history includes farm worker, arborist and retained firefighter. Whilst working for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service he volunteered for a youth project Heathfield Works. Despite not playing the sport his passion for rugby has never left him. Matt went on to coach rugby at his former school Heathfield Community College, club side Crowborough RFC and became an RFU level two qualified coach. This is when he rediscovered his enthusiasm for working in youth development. Matt feels honoured to be given the opportunity to work for such an inspiring charity like the Dallaglio Foundation.
Dan Field, Assistant Coach
Born and raised in Brighton, Dan has always been a sports fanatic and believes passionately in the positive effects sport can have on almost everything. Dan's been involved in coaching for eight years. His involvement in coaching was motivated by how much he had benefited from participating in sport and wanted to do the same for other young people. Dan has been lucky enough to play and coach cricket all over the world from Sri Lanka to Rwanda and Pakistan in between! He was also a very strong baby, able to lift most domestic appliances from a very young age.
Tom Painter, Assistant Coach
Born in Gloucester, Tom recently returned to his beloved birthplace after a childhood split between home in the South West of France and schools in Devon, Cumbria and London. His playing career began at six and included county representation and time at the Ecole de Rugby in Toulouse before injuries forced him to take up golf instead. Tom studied Classics at Oxford University, during which time he discovered a real passion for working with young people as part of a volunteer literacy project. He also began to coach, and after graduating continued at Yale University and later at Hartpury College. Recently, Tom was able to marry his passion for coaching and working with young people as a Team Leader with the International Citizen Service in South Africa. He ran projects supporting at risk youths and coached at Atlantics RFC in Zwelihle, a township in Hermanus. In doing so, Tom saw the power of rugby as a vehicle for social change, and it became his aim to work in that field. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to continue doing so with the Dallaglio foundation.
Luke Saint, Assistant Coach
Born in Bethnal Green, Luke’s love of rugby began at 5 years of age, leading him to become a huge Saracens fan (sorry Lawrence). Luke played rugby league alongside rugby union from the age of nine for Redbridge Raiders, becoming London Champions losing only three games in three years! Luke’s previous role, gained through the Dallaglio Foundation’s School Leaver’s programme, was at England 2015, the Tournament Organisers for Rugby World Cup 2015. Luke was involved in transport logistics and guest relations while immersing himself in the world’s third biggest sporting event. Having now volunteered with the Foundation for three years, most recently as crew on Dallaglio Cycle Slam, and with Rugby as a huge passion Luke is delighted to be able to be fully involved with the Dallaglio Foundation.
Phil Hannah, Lead Coach
Raised in the glamorous area of Milton Keynes Phil started playing for his local rugby club Olney RFC at the age of 10, he represented Buckinghamshire and South West England along the way to the heady heights of the Olney 1st Team. After graduating with a degree in Criminology and travelling the world with no real plan Phil somehow found himself working for a transport research company travelling to exotic countries such as Nigeria and Kuwait thinking there must be a more rewarding career out there. Having stopped playing Rugby due to being “broken” like most of the foundation coaches he started coaching youngsters around his local area with the likes of Richmond FC, Harlequins Community Team and most recently Berkshire Rugby. This not only rekindled his passion for the game but also a passion for youth development which has in turn led Phil to the Dallaglio Foundation, Phil can’t wait to carry on the inspiring work the charity has been doing in recent years.
Becky Clark, Fundraising Administrator
Becky has always loved sport but it wasn’t until her time in Cape Town that she found a love for rugby where she followed her beloved Western Province Stormers up to Durban for the Province rugby final. Since returning to the UK in 2011 Becky trained as a teacher on the Teach First Programme before teaching special needs in Kent. 2016 brought about the chance for Becky to move into the charity sector and she has never looked back! Following working on Barnardo’s 150th campaign she finally has the opportunity to combine her passion for fundraising with supporting the vulnerable young people that we work with.
Chris Powell, Partnerships Manager
Chris has come to the Dallaglio Foundation from working in the arts and cultural sector. Having played the trumpet from the age of eight he went on to study music at the University of Leeds. Despite the cheap living and cheap beer in God’s own country Chris made the move to London to work at Sadler’s Wells Theatre before taking up a role within the Development team at the London Symphony Orchestra. A life-long rugby fan, and in fact, sport in general, Chris is delighted to be working for the Dallaglio Foundation and combining his passion for sport with fundraising for a cause he believes in.