Meet the Team
disABILITY Sport Development Manager
Whilst completing his MA in 'Sport, Policy and Community Development' at The University of Central Lancashire Ben also worked as Junior Sports Coordinator at The Golf Trust. He joined the Foundation in October 2016 with a passion to provide opportunities for all individuals to experience the benefits that engaging in sporting activities can provide.
It may be one of the highest grossing films OF ALL TIME but Ben has never seen Titanic
Project Rugby Manager
Scarlett joined the Foundation in November 2016 with a BSc Sports Coaching from Loughborough. She first played rugby age 6 & has been rugby mad ever since. An AASE student who went to Loughborough to play more rugby, Scarlett made the England U20’s, and now plays for Saracens Women, she’s living the dream! In her work she’s very passionate about raising the profile of rugby as an inclusive sport & working for the Foundation has made her passion her full-time job.
Scarlett has never ever eaten meat – ever!
Chief Community Officer
Gordon has been with Saracens since 2002, joining the Foundation after previous roles including Fundraising Manager at the NSPCC and Community Development Manager at London Wasps. For Gordon, sport has provided him with many amazing opportunities in his life and helped develop him as a person and so he is committed to providing that same opportunities for others.
Someone once told Gordon he ties his shoe laces extremely quickly – you’ll have to ask him to show you for verification!
Senior Development Manager - Inclusion
Nick used to be a Freelance Rugby Coach before he joined the Foundation in 2014. He is a strong believer in the power of sport and rugby to change lives.
Nick’s middle name starts with a Q – any guesses?
Love To Dance Development Officer
Before joining the Foundation in 2009 Clare was a self-employed dance coach. Now, through the Love to Dance programme, she gets to combine her love of Dance with inspiring older adults to get active through dance, perform and make friends.
Not content with only dancing on solid ground Clare enjoys taking her skills onto the ice.
Get Onside Officer
Theo joined the Foundation in November 2016 following his role as a rugby coach for a company in West London. He is very passionate about being able to change lives through the power of sport.
When Theo has some free time, he will often hake the oppor-tuna-ty to go fishing.
Senior Development Manager - Participation
After completing his studies for a Sport Coaching BSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University Tomas joined us in August 2013. He wants to help more people play more sport.
Tomas has been lucky enough to play a game of touch rugby with Jonny Wilkinson
Following a variety of different roles over the years, Jane joined us in 2016. She believes it is a privilege to work at the Charity, where everyone works as one team to help the more vulnerable members of our Society to get more out of life, through the power of sport and dance.
Jane’s favourite way to relax? Sitting by the sea in South Devon, in the sun (when it makes an appearance), with a glass or two of wine!
One of the first generation of Pioneers at Allianz Park on match days, Deirdre joined the foundation in November 2016. She enjoys being able to support and be part of an inspirational team who really do make a difference in our community.
A self-professed expert, if you ask Deirdre about Jack Russells there's a good chance she'll have an informed answer for you.
Charity Relationship Manager
Rose joined the Foundation in September 2016, having previously worked in HR in the Oil industry and a School. Rose feels privileged to work with an incredible team who provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in our community to discover the power of sport to create positive change in their lives.
Not only does Rose have an identical twin who is always mistaken for her! She also happens to have identical twin boys.
Having worked in the corporate world for a number of years, Linnie decided to leave and pursue a complete change of career! Linnie did various voluntary roles with charities before joining the Foundation in May 2017, as well as working at a post-19 provision for students with complex special educational needs - something she continues to be involved with. Why join the Foundation? Linnie believes in what they do and to see how much it positively impacts people's lives spurs her on.
When Linnie was a baby she modelled for the Logic Blocks "challenging and fun" toy alongside her brother!
Athletics Membership Manager
Emma has always worked in sports and she joined the Athletics team in May 2017. Why did she come to work with us? Her love of athletics!
How many bikes is too many bikes? Emma has 6… one for every occasion!
Emma graduated the University of Edinburgh in 2017 with an MA in History, after which she did event production for Old Mout Cider at Festival No 6 in Wales, which not only increased her appreciation for wellies and the indoors, but also set her on a path to working in events. Having completed an internship with Cancer Research UK working in volunteer fundraising, Emma started working at Saracens Sport Foundation in April 2018.
Emma can be, and has been, identified in crowds from the sound of her laugh alone. We're not sure if that’s random or just alarming…
Rugby Participation Officer
After spending 5 years teaching and coaching sport in North America, as well as completing his degree in Sport Development in between, Matt began a career as a Behaviour and Pastoral Manager at a high school in West Yorkshire. This led him onto teaching rugby at the school as a rugby academy coach and ultimately to his current role with Saracens Sport Foundation.
Matt can whistle under water!
Head of Saracens Sport Foundation
Kieran has worked in the sport-for-good industry for over ten years. Most recently, as the Operations Manager at the Fulham Football Club Foundation. Throughout his working life Kieran has seen first-hand how sport can be a powerful tool to engage communities and people in positive activities: from providing employability skills to ex-offenders; to supporting older people to get active and healthy; to enabling disabled young people to learn and develop key life skills.
Cliff Richard sponsored me to play Tennis... it was no Summer Holiday!
Community Dance Officer
Jess came to Saracens Sport Foundation with a wealth of experience in dance and performing arts. Having had the opportunity to start up a new performing arts course in a college in Maidenhead she hosted several large scale productions. Jess also taught dance in theatre schools and clubs at primary and secondary schools in Hertfordshire.
Jess attends aerial silk classes every week... not to be tried at home!
Project Rugby Officer
Charlie studied Sport Studies at the University of Hertfordshire before joining the sports and leisure industry. She has worked in both commercial leisure facilities and educational institutes. Supporting the Project Rugby programme, Charlie is excited to be part of a team at Saracens Sport Foundation who are as passionate about Rugby as she is.
Charlie once ran a cross country race in two left shoes... we'll keep her off the dance floor!
Senior Project Manager
Jess’ journey with us started as a part time dance coach for the Saracens Sport Foundation back in 2006. She went on to study dance and sport, completing a PGCE at the Royal Academy of Dance. Before joining the Saracens Sport Foundation full time in July 2013, Jess was a secondary school Dance & PE teacher and often delivered guest lectures at Chichester University & The Royal Academy of Dance. Jess says “It is a privilege to work for a charity that impacts so many walks of life. I love coming to work as everyday is always different!”
Jess has a twin brother – no they are not identical!!
Having completed his degree at Edinburgh University, Hal took three months out to work with a charity throughout Southern Africa before joining Saracens Sport Foundation as our Hitz Project Officer in August 2018.
As a 5 year old, Hal opened Disneyland over in Orlando! He will now be known as Hal Spakel...
Project Rugby Officer
Matt has been coaching rugby since the age of 17 at Streatham-Croydon RFC, rising to club coaching coordinator. He studied physiotherapy for five years at Brunel University, qualifying in 2018. Since then Matt worked for numerous coaching companies and most recently volunteered on Harlequins Project Rugby before moving to Saracens Sports Foundation as one of our Project Rugby Officers.
Doctors have declared me a ‘genetic mystery’
Yas knows all the words to the Lilo and Stitch movie