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.
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.
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. Ellie is a former rugby player and qualified coach who now delivers at our SWITCH camps.
Foundation and Commercial Coordinator, Mark Lambert
Mark is Foundation and Commercial coordinator. He works in marketing and communications as well as managing relationships with players and fans. Mark is in his 16th year as a player at Harlequins, having joined the Academy in 2003.
Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator, Pat Metcalfe-Jones
Pat joined Harlequins Foundation in 2019, having been a player for our Women’s Team since 2017. She previously worked in Marketing for the Varsity Matches at Twickenham. She is the Head Coach for Women’s Rugby at Oxford Brookes.
Foundation Coach, James Collins-Clark
James is heavily involved in Project Rugby as well as other Foundation Projects. He coordinates all Project Rugby in West London as well as working with the Harlequins Academy.
Foundation Coach, Kirsty Openshaw
Kirsty primarily focuses on delivery of Switch.
Education Officer, Mark Kilgallon
Mark joined Quins in August 2018 initially as the tutor for HITZ programme before coming the Education Officer in November 2018. He previously worked in PRU’s and schools as a behaviour mentor for the last years. Mark oversees the day to day running of the HITZ course. His main aim is too positively engage the learners who we deal with to progress both academically and socially and to help them achieve a productive life.
HITZ Officer, Danny Leeds
Danny has previously worked in primary and secondary education, specialising in special educational needs and working with young people who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. In his previous role as Head of PE he was part of the project management team on the Surrey Para Games, a project designed to encourage young people with SEND to participate in sport.