Leeds Rhinos Foundation Staff Profiles

Bob Bowman

Leeds Rugby Foundation Director of Operations

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Main Duties: Oversee Leeds Rugby Foundation operations and processes.

Most enjoyable aspect of role: Making a positive difference to the people that we work with. I am privileged to lead such a fantastic staff team. Their passion, enthusiasm and energy is a joy to witness. This has a huge impact on the people that they work with and so they truly do Change Lives Through Sport. As a lifelong Leeds fan I constantly remind myself how proud I am to work in such an amazing organisation with some truly inspirational people, be that players, coaches, administrators and our amazing groundsman!

Favourite sporting moment: As a fan it has to be the 2011 Grand Final. Proving the doubters wrong. Brian and Jimmies embrace after Zak's try. Kevin Sinfield's trophy acceptance speech. A wonderful atmosphere. Spine tingling stuff. As a participant it is taking part in the Jane Tomlinson challenge with her husband Mike in April 2012. Paris Marathon, followed by cycling 600 miles over 6 days, finished off with the London Marathon on day 8, how else would you want to spend a week!!!

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Davide Longo

David Longo

General Manager

Job Role: Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Foundation, ensuring key partners are involved within foundation activity and raising the profile of the Foundation and Partners through positive PR. Increasing revenue streams through new partnerships, fundraising and private donations to increase and support delivery across Leeds.

Sporting Background: Former professional rugby league player with Dewsbury, Bradford Bulls, Swinton Lions, Keighley Cougars and Batley Bulldogs appearing in 163 first team games and scoring 89 tries. Worked for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, starting in 2003 until 2013 as Community Trust Manager and later General Manager.

Biggest Achievement: Representing Great Britain Academy in 1994 in two games against France at scrum half whilst at Dewsbury.

Role Model: When I was playing RL as a junior it was Shaun Edwards

Best Sporting Moment: Italy beating Germany 2-0 in the semi-final of the 2006 World Cup and then going on to win it against France

Contact: davide.longo@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Leon Crick

Leon Crick

Leeds Rhinos Foundation Community Manager

Job Role: Overseeing our new 3 year development plan and all the projects within it. It's a really exciting time for the sport in Leeds and as a Foundation we are putting more resource than ever before into schools coaching and have an exciting new program aimed at Key Stage 1 to inspire a new generation of Rugby League players. The other side to my role is supporting the amateur clubs who can then provide the school children a long term environment for them to continue in the sport. We also run projects so that everyone can take part in rugby league, touch rugby, masters, women and girls and wheelchair rugby league!

Biggest Achievement: Quest 14 cycling challenge. Quest 14 was a charity bike ride, cycled over 1000 miles in 8 days. Overall the hardest thing I have ever done mentally and physically.

Role Model: I dont have one, I paddle my own canoe.

Best Sporting Moment: As a supporter, Batley Bulldogs winning the Northern Rail cup in Blackpool in 2010, a tremendous effort and brilliant atmosphere behind the sticks with the Batley fans.

Contact: leon.crick@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Jonny Wainhouse

Jonny Wainhouse

Leeds Rhinos Foundation Community Manager


Job Role: Overlooking the community development work we deliver in Primary Schools in Leeds, this is with our Partner School Development Officers and Community Development Officers. This is part of our 3 year Rugby League development plan. We are putting more resource than ever before into schools coaching which will benefit one of our main objectives in Leeds to create more players playing Rugby League. The other side to my role is managing our player appearances overlooking a few of our flag ship events, Run with the Rhinos and Childrens Day.

Sporting Background: I came through the Leeds Rhinos Academy system and went on and played at Gateshead Thunder, York Knights, Keighley Cougars and Hunslet Hawks that I now coach at.

Biggest Achievement: Certainly becoming a Father!

Role Model: The people closest to me have all been role models along the way and have had influences on me.

Best Sporting Moment: Winning a two Academy grand finals with Leeds and gaining the Academy player of the year 2004

Contact: jonny.wainhouse@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Dan Busfield

Dan Busfield

Partnership Manager  

Job role: I am responsible for developing relationships with partner organisations to offer a wide ranging service through the LRF. I also maintain and develop new projects through our partners which range from Public Sector to Private / Commercial partners. I also working across many sectors including Health, Education and the Public Sector to formulate funding applications in order for the Foundation to move forward with specific projects.

Sporting Background:
I grew up in a Rugby League environment with my Dad playing and coaching professionally so Rugby League has always been part of my life. I have played locally myself as a junior and for Wakefield under 21s (a long time ago). I also came on work experience whilst at college with Leeds Rhinos and ended up being drafted in for one game with the second team in which I managed to get over the try line which means I have a 100% try to game ratio for the Rhinos!

Biggest Achievement: I have 3 children including twins which beats any other achievement!

Role Model: My Mum

Best Sporting Moment: Getting two hat tricks in one game of cricket which got in the national press.

Contact: dan.busfield@leedsrugby.com

Sam Horner

Sam Horner

Leeds Rhinos Community Clubs Development Officer

Job Role: My role is to engage and support community clubs and create projects to develop Rugby League and in turn increase participation within the sport. My projects include; the Club Ambassadors Scheme, social Rugby League programmes, Coach Education, Junior Development projects and events, educational and Health programmes.

Sporting Background: I have played Rugby League as a schoolboy for my City and County and for my Amateur club representing the Leeds & District at youth level. I played professionally and Amateur Rugby League until my late 30s and I am still playing our wonderful game in the form of Masters Rugby League. Other sports include Judo and Karate and most recently I have taken up Kayaking. I turn out annually for the Leeds 10K, love that one

Biggest Achievement: Bringing up my 2 children and watching them grow into good human beings.

Role Model: In sport:  School Teacher Terry Hebblethwaite, big thanks to him for introducing me to Rugby League.

In life:  My Mum & Dad.

Best Sporting Moment: Watching my first Challenge Cup Final, Leeds v St Helens 1978 and witnessing the Aussie Invincibles tour of 1982, inspirational for our sport at the time.

Contact: sam.horner@leedsrubyfoundation.org

Keith Senior

Keith Senior

Leeds Rhinos Ambassador

Job Role: I have an Ambassador role for the Foundation, helping promote the work they do in the community and I also look after the University of Leeds and Leeds City College Rugby teams

Sporting Background: Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, England and Great Britain Player

Biggest Achievement: Apart from my career, all the charity work I now do and challenges, 4 marathons in 22 days, cycling over 1000 miles from Perpignan to Leeds in 8 days and looking forward to my upcoming event of the Marathon des Sables in April 2015

Best Sporting Moment: Having played over 500 professional career games, 43 international caps, winning the Challenge Cup, 2 World Club Challenges and 4 Grand Finals.

Contact: keith.senior@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Tony Aubery

Tony Aubrey

Schools Partnership Officer

Job Role: My role involves working alongside 10 partner schools assisting with their PE delivery for both KS1 and KS2. This involves Multi-Skills, Rugby League and Multi-Sports coaching to mixed abilities, genders and disabilities. I also work with the whole school delivering key assemblies and workshops on topics such as Healthy Lifestyles Creating a Winning Team and SEALS.  My other school involvements involve Health Walks to and from school, school competitions such as amateur club Rugby League festivals and taster sessions as well as, curriculum support (Reading clubs), Stadium Tours, Fundraising Days and School Holiday Camps to name a just some.

Sporting Background: I currently play amateur Rugby League for my local club Birstall Victoria. I also develop the Tots Rugby section, which I set up and coach the current U7s/U8s team.

Biggest Achievement: Completing my degree - Bachelor of Science, Honours, classification: 2:1. Gaining full time employment at the LRF and becoming a DAD!

Role Model: My Mum

Best Sporting Moment: : My proudest sporting moments and most memorable have been whilst playing in 6 Memorial Trophy matches for Birstall Victoria ARLFC and Drighlington ARLFC in memory of a lifelong best friend, Andrew Dyson who passed away in 2008. The memorial game celebrates his life and pays its respect through Rugby League.

Contact: tony.aubrey@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Adam Lunn

Community Development Support Officer

Job Role: My role as the Projects Officer involves managing and running a range of programmes across Primary and High schools, delivering tailored and age specific rugby, multi-skill and multi-sport activities. This is part of the city wide School Sports Offer which has been created to develop rugby league which involves getting more people playing, watching and involved with our great sport. Another aspect to my role is the Princes Trust Get Started and Breeze Leaders Project in which participants gain a Rugby League Leaders Award allowing young adults to participate in coaching at local junior and amateur clubs.

Sporting Background: Another aspect to my role is the Princes Trust Get Started and Breeze Leaders Project in which participants gain a Rugby League Leaders Award allowing young adults to participate in coaching at local junior and amateur clubs.

Biggest Achievement: Graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University in May 2012

Role Model: Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm, Queensland & Australian Hooker)

Best Sporting Moment: Watching the Rhinos beat Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge as a ball boy from the touchline.

Contact: adam.lunn@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Madeleine Hegarty

Madeleine Hegarty

Player Appearance Administrator


Job Role: After several years liaising with primary schools to co-ordinate the work of our Development Officers my role is now changing completely - I will soon be responsible for administering player appearances. With over 500 appearances by the players last year I suspect I'll have my hands full!

Sporting Background: As a former primary school teacher I managed/coached netball and rugby league teams for many years. Since retiring I've taken on the role of secretary of North Leeds Leopards Junior RL Club.

Biggest Achievement: Producing a caring, confident, articulate, independent daughter!

Role Model: Kevin Sinfield - Rhinos' Captain and the ultimate professional

Best Sporting Moment: 2009 Grand Final - three in a row!

Contact: Madeleine.Hegarty@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Russell Parker

Russell Parker

High School Development Officer

Job Role: To work closely with secondary schools in Leeds to develop and sustain Rugby League. This includes Rugby League coaching delivery for both curriculum and extended hours sport to improve standards and increase participation. It is the aim to provide schools with a number of competitive playing opportunities through tournaments and festivals throughout the year.

Sporting Background: Played Rugby League and Cricket from the age of 7 and began coaching in my early 20s. I worked as a community coach for the RFL for 8 years before joining the Leeds Rhinos.

Biggest Achievement: Yorkshire Under 17s Player of the Year

Role Model: Any coach or teacher that had the time to pass on their knowledge.

Best Sporting Moment: Winning at Wembley Stadium for Leeds City School Boys

Contact: Russell.parker@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Lois Forsell

Women and Girls Rugby League Development Officer

Job Role:
My job role within the foundation is to increase the interest and participation of female  Hunslet to play for a girls team at the age of eleven and now play my open age rugby at Bradford Clayton.

Biggest Achievement: My biggest achievement would be getting my degree in Sport Development at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Role Model: My role models are my parents and family who supported me growing up taking me week in week out to training and matches to make sure I got the opportunities I did.

Best Sporting Moment: My biggest sporting moments are being selected to tour New Zealand in 2010 and playing in all three games and playing in the 2013 Womens World Cup in England.

Contact: lois.forsell@leedsrugbyfoundation.org


Lisa McCann

Lisa McCann

Leeds Rhinos Foundation School Ambassador Manager

Job Role: I am responsible for developing partnerships with Schools, Colleges and Universities in order to engage them in the Leeds Rhinos Ambassador Scheme, both to promote Leeds Rhinos in schools and to increase participation in rugby league

Sporting Background: Bradford Bulls and Leeds United fan.

Biggest Achievement: Getting a first class Degree in Law.

Role Model: My Mum.

Biggest Sporting Moment: When Leeds united got promoted in 2010 against Bristol

Contact: lisa.mccann@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Darryl Robinson

Darryl Robinson

South Leeds Rugby Development Officer


Mathew Nicholson

Primary School Development Officer

Job Role: My role is to go into primary schools delivering free coaching and assemblys to year 2 children to get them enjoying Rugby League and wanting to take part in sports, after the coaching has finished it is also my job to hold a taster training session at the local amateur club around the schools I have been working with to help create a new team for local club.

Biggest Achievement: Playing professional Rugby League

Sporting Background: Played Rugby League since I was six years old for Stanningley SARLC.  Signed for Leeds Rhinos Academy in 2008 and currently playing for Featherstone Rovers. I got involved with the Foundation in 2010 during my time in the Academy Squad and have done bits of work for the foundation ever since.

Role Model: My dad was always my role model growing up, he was a professional player back in the 1980s for Wigan and Bramley. He is also a very well respected coach at Stanningley SARLC. He is a roofer by Trade.

Biggest Sporting Moment: Scoring a try on a Sky Televised Game whilst plying on Loan at Dewsbury Rams.

Contact: matthew.nicholson@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Martyn Reilly

Martyn Reilly

Apprentice Development Officer

Job Role: Rugby league development officer my role is to develop rugby league through the city and into amateur clubs, mainly in primary schools but also I have started to do work in high schools to. Over all my job is to get amateur rugby teams more players and develop rugby league as a whole.

Biggest Achievement: My biggest achievement is being picked to represent Yorkshire under 19's.

Role Model: Mohammed Ali

Biggest Sporting Moment: scoring a Hat-trick in the cup final last year for Drighlington to see the boys win 24 - 18

Contact: martyn.reilly@leedsrugby.com


Chris Godfrey

Childrens Services Development Officer

Job Role: My job involves working with young people in the community and effectively help improve their lives through sport, specifically Rugby League.

Sporting Background: I have played and coached Rugby League for the majority of my life at amateur level. Previously to this work I worked with young people in care.

Biggest Achievement: Completing my Masters Degree

Role Model: Daley Thompson. Decathlete & Moustache Enthusiast

Biggest Sporting Moment: Seeing the way Rugby League helps the young people I work with develop into well rounded young adults.

Contact: chris.godfrey@leedsrugbyfoundation.org


Richard Cattley

Richard Catley

Schools Partnership Officer

Job Role: I work with seven primary schools: Holy Family; St Barts; Castleton; Christ Church; Five Lanes; Armley; & Whingate. Im also based 2 days a week at Swallow Hill Community college. I deliver a range of activity from curriculum delivery, after school clubs and also working with sports leaders.

Sporting Background: I play rugby for Stanley Rangers having also played at Wakefield Wildcats in the academy/reserve grade. To date I have worked: as a lecturer of sport at Wakefield College; as a RL development officer at Wakefield Wildcats; and a Sports Co-ordinator at Rotherham College. I am a lifelong Rhinos supporter.

Biggest Achievement: In my personal life: getting married this year. Academically: graduating with a degree in Physical Education from Leeds Met.

Biggest Sporting Moment: Coaching the Champion Schools Winners to victory at Wembley Stadium in 2009 and again the following year.

Contact: richard.cattley@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Emma Davis

Emma Davis

Schools Partnership Officer

Job Role: I work as part of the traded services model, delivering multi sports and tag rugby to a cluster of nine schools in Leeds. I also set up community club links between schools and local clubs in Leeds allowing the schools the engage with the Rhinos.

Sporting Background: Gymnastics and massive Leeds Rhinos fan!

Biggest Achievement: Finishing the Royal Parks half marathon in London for charity.

Role Model: My mum
Biggest Sporting Moment: Watching the Leeds Rhinos win the Grand Final 3 times in a row.

Contact: emma.davis@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Dan Hardy

Dan Hardy

Schools Partnership Officer

Contact: dan.hardy@leedsrugbyfoundation.org


Nicola Booth

Nicola Booth

Dance Development Officer

Job Role:
I do all things dance for the Leeds Rhinos! I run the Rhinestones which is the Leeds Rhinos Junior Dance Academy running weekly dance and fitness classes throughout the city. I also take dance into Primary schools running dance workshops and after school clubs. I'm also Captain and choreographer for the Leeds Rhinos pro dance team taking care of the dance aspects of match day entertainment.

Sporting Background: I'm from a dance background, and from a very early age I went to a Leeds based dance school to learn ballet, Tap and Jazz. I took examinations, danced competitively and took part on various shoes and pantomimes too. I stayed at the dance school until I was 18 then left to go to the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts to study and achieved a BA honours in dance. While I was at University I was introduced to other dance styles like contemporary dance, street dance and cheerleading. I also did GCSE and A level dance at Intake High School. On 1999 I went to an audition for the very first Leeds Rhinos Dance Team and the rest is history I have been a part of the team ever since, just a dancer first now dancer and choreographer.

Biggest Achievement: Passing my driving test took my threee attempts!!!! Driving is much harder than dancing. I'm a good driver now though.

Role Model: Denise Booth: My mum. She was an inspirational lady, strong, determined, loyal and caring.

Contact: Nicola.booth@leedsrugby.com


Nigel Wood

Nigel Wood

Education Programme Manager

Job Role: I manage Education Projects for the Foundation at the purpose built learning centre based at Headingley Stadium.  Our main project  is the Big Lottery funded TryZone out of school project, which works with pupils, young people, parents and adult learners. The range of work we do is huge and the funding provided by the Big Lottery helps us to develop projects which empower and develop the potential of all the children and adults who access TryZone. A key part of my role is working with a critical group of partners, schools, agencies, parents and stakeholders, who make it possible for us to run sessions which genuinely improve peoples lives. I get most satisfaction from working with a dedicated and passionate team at TryZone. Without fail the team go the extra mile daily supporting and enabling the achievement of pupils and people who previously felt they had little to offer.

Sporting Background: Mainly in football as an amateur player and coach.  I've supported Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos all my life through many ups and downs... never straightforward!

Biggest Achievement: Probably achieving 1st class honours in my degree which I completed as a mature student!  I am also a keen painter and it was a very proud moment when I had my first Fine Art exhibition at Leeds College of Art in 2002.

Role Model: I am lucky to still be regularly working alongside ex professional Rugby League player Paul Daley TryZone in projects at TryZone. His continued passion, commitment, humour and positive approach to working with people from all ages and backgrounds is a constant inspiration. He can engage equally effectively with non-rugby fans, is a natural Educator and someone who continues to embody the ethos of Life-long learning

Biggest Sporting Moment: Ive won a few football trophies/medals but right up there was finishing my first Run with the Rhinos Leeds 10k this year under an hour.. What a fantastic experience!

Contact: nigel.wood@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Janet Sylvester

Janet Sylvester

Family Project Tutor at TryZone

Job Role: I work as a Family Project Tutor with the TryZone team. I design and deliver a wide variety of activities and programmes aimed mainly at 11-13 year olds. They provide new opportunities for children, young people and also their families across Leeds. In addition to the existing TryZone project, I have created two new programmes which I run from the learning centre at Headingley. Rhinos R.A.D is an extension of our existing work focussing on building confidence and resilience, boosting self-esteem and staying safe.  All our groups support positive engagement, not only in sport, but also emotionally and creatively, encouraging everyone to make improved life choices.

Sporting Background: I have been brought up in a rugby family and spent many a weekend stood on a touchline (yes for the other code!!) but also supported Leeds Rhinos all the way. I dont really have a vast sporting background, but I do enjoy going to the gym and mountain biking.

Biggest Achievement: Being a single mum!!  And also getting over the finish line without needing an ambulance on the Asda Jane Tomlinson 10k Run with the Rhinos 2014

Role Model: John and Mavis.....AKA my Mum and Dad

Biggest Sporting Moment: Winning my one and only Tiddly Winks competition trophy and winning the mum's sack race at sports day!

Contact: Janet.Sylvester@leedsrugby.com

Kathryn Bizley

Kathryn Bizley

Family Project Tutor at TryZone

Job Role: I work with Nigel, Janet, Jaci and Tyler at the Learning Centre based at Headingley Stadium. We run a variety of early intervention programmes for young people across Leeds. I have just started an exciting new girls group for Year 6 and 7 called T.A.G.G, which aims to help build confidence and boost self-esteem and create opportunities to try new activities, as well as raise awareness around healthy living and keeping safe.

Sporting Background: I dont really have a sporting background, other than playing hockey and netball at Uni. I have recently taken up jogging and enjoyed taking part and actually finishing the Leeds 10K this year. My children and husband all play cricket so I spend a lot of time supporting them and making cricket teas!

Biggest Achievement: Probably being a Mum to my two children and managing to juggle all the things that go alongside that!

Role Model: My role models would have to be my parents because without their good example, support and encouragement I wouldnt be the person I am today.

Biggest Sporting Moment: Completing the Leeds 10K this year, my first and possibly last!

Contact: Kathryn.Bizley@leedsrugby.com

Jaci Hawkins

Jaci Hawkins

Adult Learning Officer at TryZone

Job Role: Designing and delivering a range of courses and activities which will meet the needs of adults and families accessing the centre; including running the Headingley Work Club at TryZone, which supports unemployed people in the area to get back into work.

Sporting Background: I played netball, hockey, rounders and badminton at local level; and coached both junior and senior school netball. I am proud to say I am a South stander.

Biggest Achievement: Completing a parachute jump with the Red Devils Parachute Display Team....I am petrified of heights.

Role Model: My parents - a hardworking and fun couple who have been married for over 55 years and are still living life to the full

Best Sporting Moment: Being at Wembley to witness Leeds Rhinos 2014 win the Challenge Cup. 

Contact: Jaci.hawkins@leedsrugbyfoundation.org

Tyler Stanley

Apprentice Family Project Tutor at TryZone

Job Role:
I work with Nigel, Janet, Kathryn and Jaci at TryZone supporting after school sessions. I deliver some sporting sessions with children that attend TryZone projects and want to make a career of coaching. I am also in charge of escorting children to TryZone and home afterwards.

Sporting Background: My main background in sport is rugby league where I have played for Whinmoor Warriors as a centre since under 10s. I also enjoy lots of other sports like boxing and football.  For most of my life I have supported Leeds rhinos and still do.

Biggest Achievement: My biggest achievement so far is being selected to play in the Cross City Challenge rugby league tournament.

Role Model: Eminem because of how he changed his life around from having nothing to pushing himself to be one of the best rappers in the music industry.

Biggest Sporting Moment: My biggest sporting moment is playing and scoring in the final of the Cross City Challenge.



Sue Clifford

Sue Clifford

Foundation Volunteer

Main duties: I give a few hours a week and play a supportive role to the Foundation Staff this may involve admin duties or helping to put an event together. I am currently organising fundraising activities for 2013 including bag packing at local supermarkets and bucket collections on match days and also the recruitment and co-ordination of volunteers to allow us to do this.

Most enjoyable aspect of my role: Being a part of the Foundation team and seeing the good work they do. Also to have been around for the launch of the 3 Year Development Plan.

Favourite sporting moment: Very much a supporter of sport from the sidelines or the sofa!! My favourite sporting moment is also showing my age!! Its John Holmes drop goal in the 1978 Challenge Cup final against St Helens. The atmosphere at Wembley was amazing with many wonderful memories made that day.



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