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RPA announce board appointments

August 28th, 2014

The Rugby Players’ Association today announced the appointments of two new Non-Executive Directors and two new Restart Trustees.

Harry Keogh and Joe Ryan will assume the roles of Non-Executive Directors whilst Jeremy Beard and Simon Vaughan-Edwards will become trustees of Restart, the official charity of the RPA.

Having served as a Non-Executive Director of the RPA for over ten years Bill Page will stand down from the role on August 31st.

Current Non-Executive Director, Vic Luck, will step down from his role as a Restart trustee with Jeremy and Simon joining current trustees Bill Page, Mark Campion and Ben Kay with immediate effect.

Vic, who acts as Chair of the RPA Management Board, will relinquish the position in the summer of 2015 and the appointments of Harry and Joe will ensure a smooth transition and the best interests of our members are protected.

The RPA Management Board is responsible for the governance of the Rugby Players’ Association, working in conjunction with the RPA Players’ Board, which comprises of elected Player Representatives.


Joe Ryan
After a 35 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, of which the last 24 years were as a partner, specialising in international transactions which led him to work in over 40 countries and to work on some of the world’s largest ever takeovers, Joe retired and took up a number of NED roles, both in paid and volunteer positions. Four of these have been in the sporting arena and include being a Director of Commonwealth Games England and Badminton England, and an independent Audit Committee Member of Surrey CCC.

He still travels the world with one of his NED roles which is involved in the sustainable forestry industry. He is particularly keen on rugby, football and cricket and is a regular attendee at International matches at Twickenham as well as at the Stoop, where through family ties he has become a fan of the Quins. Joe is a Chartered Accountant and has attended various programmes at London Business School over a twenty year period.

Harry Keogh
Harry has extensive experience in general management within financial services having worked in the banking industry for over 30 years with roles at Williams & Glyn’s, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Coutts.

He has worked in a number of senior roles in International Banking, including export finance, international marketing and international private banking. In 1995, he was appointed Head of Retail Banking for Personal and Small Business customers for the RBS Branch network in Greater London. Harry founded and launched RBS Private Banking in 1999.  In 2004, he also became Managing Director of NatWest Private.   In November 2009, Harry joined Coutts and is now Managing Director in London.   Harry is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and attended Harvard Business School on The General Management Programme.

Harry has always had a deep interest in rugby, is a keen supporter of Harlequins and has been involved in a number of Testimonial Committees.

Jeremy Beard
Jeremy qualified with haysmacintyre chartered accountants and tax advisors in 1990 and became a partner in 1995.
Jeremy heads the Professional Institutes & Membership Bodies (PIMBs) group which is dedicated to servicing the business and tax needs of organisations operating in this sector. The group acts for over 100 clients including national governing bodies of sport, clubs, professional institutions, membership organisations, related charities and national trade associations.

As a regular speaker at sports seminars, Jeremy has on-going dialogue with UK Sport, Sport England and the Sport & Recreation Alliance on business matters affecting NGBs and sport as a whole.

In 2010, Jeremy became non-executive Chairman of GB Taekwondo, the elite performance arm of British Taekwondo and prior to this served on the Board of British Water Ski and Wakeboard. He is also a trustee of the Wycombe Royal Grammar School Foundation.

Jeremy has held various voluntary positions at Beaconsfield Rugby Football Club, and has been treasurer of the Friends of Rugby at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe for the last 7 years. He has been a London Wasps season ticketholder since 2004, and was the treasurer for Joe Worsley’s Testimonial Committee.

Simon Vaughan-Edwards
Simon leads AGP, specialising in the financial services and investment management sectors. Previously Simon was Managing Director of Correlate Search, (formerly known as Alexander Mann), a private equity-backed financial markets specialist search firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, which was successfully sold in 2007.

Simon has personally specialised in the equity markets, both buy and sell side, and is one of the most experienced consultants in this field, completing many high profile appointments as well as being involved in a number of small corporate and private equity deals. Simon was previously in the Army (Queens Royal Lancers) serving in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and Balkans.