MEET THE TEAM

Our team is based at Harlequins’ stadium, The Stoop, in Twickenham:

Head of Foundation, Marc Leckie

Marc joined as Head of the Harlequins Foundation in October 2017, joining us from his previous role as Director at Charlton Athletic Community Trust, one of the foremost sports related charities in the UK. Marc brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in this sector, and is responsible for the strategic development, growth and day to day running of the Harlequins Foundation.

Foundation Manager, Andy Carpenter

Andy joined the Foundation team in August 2018, having previously worked for Charlton Athletic Community Trust as Head of Social Action and Enterprise. He has vast amounts of experience in operational management and is working to develop the Foundation as the organisation grows.

Fundraising Manager, Katherine Bishop

Katherine joined the team in 2017 as fundraising manager. Katherine is responsible for all aspects of the Harlequins Foundation’s growing fundraising programme. Before joining the team, Katherine held fundraising roles at Breast Cancer Now and UNICEF.

Programme Manager, Paul Wilson

Paul has been with the Harlequins Foundation since 2015. Paul co-ordinates and manages the delivery of a number of the Harlequins Foundation’s key programmes including HITZ, Project Rugby, Switch and the METTLE Schools Programme.

In 2017 Paul, a former rugby player, took on the challenge of the London Marathon to raise funds for the Harlequins Foundation’s mental health campaign, METTLE.

Inclusion Officer, Matthew Shillabeer

Matthew joined Harlequins in December 2016 and is responsible for the day to day running of the Harlequins HITZ Programme.

Foundation Coach, Jacques Seneschall

Jacques Seneschall joined the Harlequins Community department in January 2017, coaching Tackling Numbers and Something to Chew On’. Jacques started full time with the Harlequins Foundation in September 2017 coaching Project Rugby and has now set up and runs the Initiative Project XV.

Jacques is motivated in helping people getting the best out of themselves, as well as discovering new opportunities for individual development within the rugby world.

Foundation Coach, Matthew Williams

Matthew joined the Harlequins Foundation in November 2017 from his previous role as Community Education Officer at Dragons Rugby. With a background in sport and exercise science, he has extensive experience of designing and delivering tailored sports intervention programmes both regionally and nationally. 

Matthew is currently coordinating the Harlequins Foundation’s rugby inclusion work, helping to provide high quality rugby opportunities for those who find themselves traditionally underrepresented within our sport. As a keen rugby player, he most recently played in the Welsh Championship for two seasons before making the move to London.

Foundation Assistant, Ellie Edwards

Ellie joined the Foundation in 2018 and works with all aspects of the organisation to support the entire team to deliver our fundraising and delivery goals.

TRUSTEES

Malcolm Wall (Chair)

Malcolm is currently Director of Malcolm Wall Media, and formerly the Chief Executive and Adviser to the Board at Abu Dhabi Media Company. Between 2008 – 2009 he was CEO (Content) at Virgin Media, before joining Redshift Strategic Consulting as Founding Partner. Malcolm was also chair of Harlequin FC between 2009-2011. Malcolm has been the Chair of the Trustees since the launch of the Harlequins Foundation in 2015.

David Ellis

David has been Chief Executive Officer of Harlequins since 2011, David previously worked for Catalyst Housing Group as a Director responsible for business development and marketing. David has been a trustee since the inception of the Harlequins Foundation and provides a crucial link to the Club.

Sandra Pope

Sandra joined the board of trustees in 2015, Sandra is a Director with the ICM Group base in Epsom with 25 years’ experience in corporate finance. Sandra is a qualified chartered accountant and holds the Securities & Investment Institute Certificate of Corporate Finance.

Dominic Coles

Dominic Coles joined the board of trustees in January 2016. Dominic was until recently Executive Vice – President (Strategic Projects) at Discovery Networks International, previously CEO of Discovery Nordics and Chief Operating Officer of its Northern Europe operation.  Prior to this, Dominic spent 16 years at the BBC in various leadership roles including Director of Operations, Chief Operating Officer of BBC News and BBC Sport, and of the BBC’s 2012 Olympics coverage.

Kevin Cahill CBE

Sport Relief Founder and former Comic Relief Chief Executive, Kevin joined Comic Relief in 1990 and became Chief Executive Officer in 1997. Among his wide range of achievements, he was responsible for the creation of Sport Relief in 2002. Having played a key role in the ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign, he helped turn Red Nose Day into the biggest event of its kind in the world.

Stepping down from his position in September 2016, Kevin oversaw the passing of the £1 billion mark raised by both Red Nose Day and Sport Relief; helping more than 50 million people in the UK and overseas.

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