Joined the Group in 2015 and was appointed Head of Rugby Performance in 2016. Geraint is now Head of Participation.
He had returned to Wales in September 2015 as the Group’s Elite Coach Development Manager. Previously he had spent 10 years working abroad, with Rugby Canada as High Performance Manager and then Sevens Head Coach, before joining the Australian Rugby Union as Program Director of Sevens and Men’s Sevens Head Coach in June 2014.
He is a former Wales assistant coach, who has also coached at Llanelli, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff Blues.
He played for Cardiff and Llanelli, featured at every representative schoolboy level and was capped by Wales A.
WRU Performance Director
Joined the Group in 2016.
He won 75 caps and is a former Wales captain and a British and Irish Lion. He is one of an elite band of players to have won three Grand Slams with Wales (2005, 2008 and 2012) and he also played an integral role in his country’s retention of the RBS 6 Nations title in 2013.
He captained the Ospreys from 2007 to 2010 and counts four Guinness Pro12 titles amongst his achievements.
Head of digital and communications
Joined the Group in 2016.
He joined from the RFU where he was Head of Digital and Customer Relationship Management. In that role, he oversaw the launch of the revamped, re-branded England Rugby website, plus a new digital platform aimed at growing participation in the sport across England ahead of, during and after the 2015 World Cup.
Prior to joining the RFU, he was Marketing Director of the National Football League (“NFL”) where he was responsible for all digital and marketing activity and award-winning events that helped establish the NFL in the UK to the point where they played multiple games and enjoyed record TV audiences.
He played rugby for Amersham & Chiltern, Leeds University and Buckinghamshire County.
Joined the Group in 2010.
He started his legal career at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, before joining the commercial legal department at UEFA (the European football governing body, based in Switzerland) working predominantly on Champions League, Europa League and UEFA European Football Championships matters.
He left UEFA to become the Senior Solicitor at The FA Group and was responsible for a broad range of legal matters in relation to both The Football Association (including in relation to the 2010 FIFA World Cup) and Wembley Stadium.
In 2015, he was named as The Lawyer magazine’s ‘In-House Lawyer of the Year’.
He played rugby throughout his time at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf and has played for Dinas Powys, for teams in London, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and Switzerland and for the University of London.
Head of group commercial and marketing
He joined from Under Armour where he had been the USA based sportswear company’s Head of Sports Marketing in the UK and Ireland since 2008. Whilst at Under Armour, he worked on the launch of the brand’s footwear and was integral in building the Under Armour brand across all sports in the UK and Ireland.
He had previously worked for the Group between 2004 and 2008 in various roles within the hospitality team before becoming Group Sponsorship Manager.
He played rugby for Greenhill Comprehensive School in Tenby and for Pembroke Dock, Narberth and Tenby at senior level
Joined the Group in 1989 and was appointed Head of Rugby Operations in 2016.
She had held the position of Head of Group Compliance since 2005 and previously served in a number of areas across the business, dealing directly with strategic and operational issues related to the management of International, Regional and Club rugby.
Responsible for the management of the National Dual Contract system and administration of the Rugby Services Agreement, her remit covers club support and operations teams, liaison with other rugby governing bodies and other stakeholders, partners or associates such as the Welsh Government, Sport Wales and local authorities.
Martyn Phillips joined the Board in 2015.
He is a member of the Six Nations Council, a director of the British Lions Designated Activity Company and Celtic Rugby Designated Activity Company.
He was formerly CEO of B&Q and a non-executive director of Hydrogen Group plc.
In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Southampton Solent University for services to business. He was educated at Fishguard Grammar School and UWIC in Cardiff, before studying at both Oxford Brookes College and then Templeton College, Oxford.
Whilst at school he won international caps at U15 level and was a member of the Welsh Schools U18 squad.
Group finance director
Joined the Group in 2007.
He joined from TBI which was one of the largest regional airport owners in the world and in his ten years at the company he played active roles in the acquisition of airports in Belfast, Sweden, London Luton, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Australia and North America.
He trained with KPMG and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989. He was previously Finance Director at the Tedcastle UK Group before joining TBI as Group Financial Controller and then Group Finance Director.
He played rugby for Amman Valley Comprehensive School, Imperial College London, University of London and Amman United, where he captained the first XV.
Joined the Group in 2013.
He joined after a military career spanning 20 years during which he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in The Royal Welsh. He served on multiple tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq and he was decorated for his actions in combat in Iraq in 2007.
During his military career, he held high-profile military appointments in both training and operational environments including time as a Battalion Adjutant, Company Commander and Battle Group Chief of Staff with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Welsh.
He played rugby for Neath College, Glynneath and his Regiment.