The Rugby Football Foundations Trustees


The Rugby Union Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who bring their significant professional expertise to the Foundation.

LeRoy Angel (Chairman), RFU President 2005/2006.

ra_200The Board is chaired by LeRoy Angel, who was the President of the RFU for the 2005/06 season.
Born in Winchester, LeRoy started playing rugby at Kings' School at the age of 11 and on leaving joined Winchester RFC, where he is still a member. He played in Winchester's first XV for some 600 appearances until retiring with a knee injury aged 33 and was club captain from 1973 – 75. He also played county rugby for Hampshire, the first County Championship match being against Sussex in 1968, which Hampshire won, and the last against Eastern Counties in 1976, which Hampshire lost. With 26 caps, he became the most capped Hampshire three quarter since World War II and remains the most capped wing three quarter.
An architect by profession, LeRoy held the position of Hampshire RFU Honorary Team Secretary for seven years before taking over from Norman Bruce as Chairman of Selectors in 1982, remaining in post for five years. In 1981 he became a member of the London Division representing Hampshire and continued in this role when London became London & South East Division of the four National Divisions. LeRoy was also Chairman of London Division's Coaching Sub Committee from 1986 – 1988. He chaired the Hampshire Clubs meetings since their inception in 1991 and from 1999 – 2002 was President of Hampshire RFU. He was elected onto the RFU Committee in 1985 as Hampshire representative, serving for 20 seasons and has given time and expertise to various RFU groups & committees including: Coaching; Senior Clubs; Competitions; Player Registration Working Party (Chairman); Ground & Building (Chairman); Finance & Marketing Committee; Counties Finance Sub Committee and, in particular, chairing the RFU Group responsible for the redevelopment of the Stadium.

Richard Appleby (Solicitor), RFU President 2010/11.

Richard ApplebyRichard, until recently a practicing solicitor, was Chairman of the Trustees of the Foundation from its inception in 2003 until 2008. He has been heavily involved in rugby all his life, having been educated at Rugby school, where the sport began, he went on to play full back for Northern and Northumberland in the 60s and subsequently captained one of the junior sides until a severe fracture of the leg brought a premature end to his playing career. He turned to refereeing for a few seasons, coached mini and juniors then moved into selection and administration. Richard was elected to the RFU Council to represent Northumberland in 1992. He has served on a number of the Union's Committees including Coaching, Competitions and Finance and Funding, the last of which he is still a member. He has also served on a wide range of administrative committees both in the North and for the RFU. He was a founder member of Newcastle Sports Council in 1967, later treasurer and is still actively involved in their activities as a member. Richard has been a Governor of a local Prep School since 1967 and is still very active in that capacity. For many years he was on the Executive Committee of the North of England Cancer Research Campaign before it merged with Cancer Research UK.


Peter Grace

ra_200Peter Grace-is a stalwart of the Construction Industry particularly in the Midlands he was Senior Partner of Hart Gilmore Associates and managed their merger with Robinson Low Francis thus producing a major national firm of Construction Consultants. He was a senior partner of the new firm focussing on business development until his retirement. He then joined TDP a property development practice where he still remains active on the Construction project management side. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and specialises in quantity surveying, project management and contract and procurement issues. He is a Variety Club Barker and Lords Taverner and has a strong background in charity fund raising with many organisations. He has recently become a Trustee of the Birmingham and Black Country Community Foundation. Past President of Greater Birmingham and North Midlands RFUs he has been an RFU Council Member for 15 years and has had a wide ranging input but particularly specialises in Facilities and Community Rugby. He is President of Five Ways Old Edwardians FC where he has been an active member for over 50 years.

Rob Udwin

Rob UdwinRob Udwin is a Company Director of a computer software business in West London and a lifelong rugby enthusiast having been a player and administrator at various levels of the Game. He is married with 3 children and his interests outside of rugby are reading, other sports (particularly cricket) and cooking.




Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown’s role of RFU Chief Financial Officer encompasses Finance, HR, IT, Communications & Media, International & Public Affairs, Purchasing, Strategic Business Planning, People Development, Benefit and Reward Strategies and Investment Analysis & Appraisal.
He joined the RFU in June 2011 from the UK operation of Abbott, the global, broad-based health care company, where he was UK Finance Director. Prior to joining Abbott, Stephen spent three years as the Business Support Manager and Group Head of Finance for British Energy PLC and originally trained as an accountant in the National Health Service.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and three daughters.


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