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Welsh Rugby Players Association appoints Non-Executive Board.

Welsh Rugby Players Association appoints Non-Executive Board with more than 100 years of professional experience.


1st November 2018 – The Welsh Rugby Players Association (WRPA) has appointed four Non-Executive Board Directors to help the organisation to deliver its mission of acting as a force for good for rugby players and the game in Wales.


Adam Williams, Damian Phillips, Gerry Stacey and Scott Bowers form a Non-Executive Board for the WRPA, which represents and supports professional rugby players across Wales.

The creation of a Non-Executive Board signals the next stage of growth and professionalism for the WRPA, and will help to broaden the skills-base and strategic thinking the organisation can call upon.


Collectively the four NEDs bring more than 100 years’ of corporate and public sector experience to the WRPA, with specialisms including legal, communications, marketing, governance, negotiation, commercial and business management. They are providing their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.


WRPA Non-Executive Board Directors:


· Adam Williams: International Director at the UK Intellectual Property Office and previously worked in the UK Government on Defence policy matters, with extensive experience dealing with complex negotiations.


· Damian Phillips: Partner at law firm Darwin Gray LLP and one of the UK’s leading lawyers in the employment and sports sectors.


· Gerry Stacey: A leading business, commercial and leadership advisor who for a decade was Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Regional Director for Wales and West.


· Scott Bowers: Group Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at The Jockey Club, member of Oxford University’s Global Corporate Affairs Council and one of the sports industry’s leading PR professionals.


Barry Cawte, Chief Executive of the WRPA, said:

“I’m delighted four such experienced and skilled professionals are supporting Welsh rugby players through the WRPA. We’re grateful for their time and expertise, and this is another step forward for the organisation’s ability to offer world-class services to our members and help to strengthen the game as a whole.”


Ken Owens, Chairman of the WRPA and Scarlets, Wales and British & Irish Lions hooker, said:

“On behalf of the players, I’d like to thank Adam, Damian, Gerry and Scott for giving up their time for us. It’s humbling to know that great people are there to support us and the outstanding permanent team in place at the WRPA.”


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