Team

Alan Lamb

Chairman, Head of Fundraising

Alan is one of the founders of the Charity and is also the father of Ryan Lamb who is a current professional rugby player. He played for Gloucester in his youth and was kit manager at Gloucester RFC from 2000 to 2004. Alan works very closely with some of the top current and ex Premiership players and has been a key factor for the Charity in forging the link between the sport of rugby and our armed forces. Alan is now head of fundraising and is very passionate in helping ex service men and women make their transition back into civilian life.

Nikki Baker

Head of Media and Marketing

Nikki is an experienced marketer who has spent the past 10 years working with global brands to deliver high profile marketing campaigns. Leading the recruitment campaign for the Australian Defence Force during time spent working abroad in Sydney, as well as being married to a currently transitioning Army officer, she has plenty of first-hand experience of military life. At such a critical juncture in her husband’s life, Nikki wanted to get involved and offer her business expertise to support the charity’s efforts. She is passionate about communicating the charity’s message far and wide, engaging with both our supporters and those who could benefit from the charity’s work. Coming from a big rugby family herself, she believes that the rugby community is a great environment to support ex-servicemen and women as they make the challenging transition to civilian life.

Lee Cole

Secretary

Playing rugby long before he Joined the Army, Lee has always had a passion for the game. Lee became an engineer in the REME serving across the globe for 23 years when work allowed he had the honour of representing every unit he was posted to. Successfully passing the 3rd TTR course he went on to coach his unit side, helping them reach a Championship final. A stalwart supporter of the charity since his first attendance Lee is really passionate about the help we provide and the assistance we give to service leavers and is never far away from the next course.

Luke Fonseka

Course Coordinator

Luke Fonseka served a number of years in the Royal Engineers with 59 Commando Squadron. An enthusiastic Level 2 Coach Luke is actively involved with coaching teams in London and Hereford. As our Coaching Coordinator, Luke is primarily the first point of contact for Transition Through Rugby (TTR) and Continual Professional Development (CPD) applicants. Luke processes and liaises directly with all applicants prior to and throughout the course itself. If interested in attending either TTR or CPD send a completed application form to luke@rugbyforheroes.org.uk and he will touch base with you to start the application process.

Steve Baillie

Event Organiser

I started my rugby at school and playing for Yorkshire and eventually senior rugby for hull Ionians 1st for 10 years, I was asked to play for my current club Hullensian rufc in 1999 where I am today a player and current chairman, my passion for rugby is the same today as it was when I played my first game at school. Having been a business owner most of my life and recently specialising in the renewable industry installing solar PV, battery storage and electrical contracting, whilst I have not represented my country in the armed forces I have the greatest respect for our service men and woman. Been a dad of two it‘s important to me they have a safe world to live in and that’s only possible because of the sacrifices and dedication of our armed forces that enable us to go about our daily lives without fear. I often cross paths in rugby with ex-service personnel and feel my involvement with R4H can help raise the profile of the charity and put something back to help our ex-service personnel integrate back into civilian life

Adrian Davies

Event Organiser

Won my first 7’s medal in 1974. Presented to me by rugby royalty Phill Bennet. Had the honour to serve in Her Majesties Forces. I consider myself very fortunate, to leave with no physical or mental scars. As a businessman, rugby player, and veteran. I consider it a privilege, honour and ongoing duty to help others living with physical and mental demons.

Neil Griffiths

Event Organiser

I have been a rugby supporter for over 30 years, and a player/coach at my local club, and a keen supporter of the military. I have been associated with Rugby for Heroes for the last five years, representing them in their ex-pro rugby team amongst other memorable events. I have been an active volunteer for the charity and am proud of the work we do in helping service people and their transition from military life.

Karen Kraus

Event Organiser

Karen has spent her professional career as an executive in the commercial aviation industry. She brings with her extensive executive, financial, organizational, strategic and transactional experience in commercial aircraft parts and trading, aircraft maintenance and airline operations. Now in her role as a board member, she is focused on international business development and product line expansion. Karen received her Presidents and Key Executives Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in December 2017. A constant supporter of military and rugby charities and an avid sports enthusiast, she is inspired by the mission of Rugby For Heroes and their Transition Through Rugby programs and is thrilled to be able to give back by being part of the Events Organizing Team.

Andy Wilde

Event Organiser

Andy joined the Army in 2001 and after finishing Sandhurst in 2002 he became part of the 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment as an Infantry Platoon Commander. Over the last 16 years, he has served on Operations in Northern Ireland, Africa and 3 times in Afghanistan. In 2015 after returning from Afghanistan he became aware of Rugby For Heroes following an invitation to a dinner that the charity was hosting. Following that he completed the transition through rugby course on Feb 16 and has been involved with Rugby For Heroes ever since. Rugby has always played a significant part in his life and following a player career shortened by 2 serious injuries coaching has provided a way to stay connected with the sport. Following the transition, through rugby course, Andy has worked as a community coach with London Irish and Harlequins. He is currently coaching at Chobham RFC in Surrey. The qualifications and experience gained through Rugby For Heroes have also enabled him to coach overseas with him now having worked with the Nepalese men‘s and women’s national 7s teams. Andy now helps the charity in the organisation and delivery of Rugby for Heroes events and matches as well as being a point of contact into the military system.

Nick Fitt

Event Organiser

Nick served in the Army during the 80s in The Royal Anglian Regiment mainly BAOR with short tours to various countries. A keen rugby fan, Nick leads the coaching teams for 2 county teams, at U17 and U18 boys. Nick still plays veterans rugby for his club, Hemel Hempstead (Camelot) RUFC and The Royal Anglian Regiment. Most recently completing the RFU Leadership Academy, Nick now works for the charity helping to arrange various aspects of fixtures and events, liaising with charity volunteers and venue personnel to ensure events run to plan.

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