Rob started The Foundation as a charity in 2006 to help The Blues raise money to run a lacrosse programme in their local schools. Now he chairs the trustee board that will transform us into a national charity to support the growth of lacrosse.
Rob first played the game as a goalie around 50 years ago for Imperial College. On leaving college he played for St. Helier, now part of The Blues. When he retired from play, and after many years as club treasurer, he took up refereeing - representing England as an official at the World U19s in 1996. Now he is the BluesFest head referee and is focused on training the next generation of referees. He also works, as secretary, with The Centurions to support initiatives that grow the game.
Rob is retired from work having spent his career at GlaxoSmithKline for the later years as a SVP in their Corporate HQ.
Rob is a communications, marketing and stakeholder engagement specialist with over a decade of experience advising global businesses. In 2017 he took an in-house role at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, who represent the sport and recreation sector with government, policy makers and the media. Aside from his day job, Rob also acts as a business mentor for Sported, the sport for development charity.
Rob was introduced to lacrosse by friends at Durham University and went onto become Club Captain, leading the team to the Northern Universities Lacrosse League title (in a world before BUCS lacrosse!). He has spent the past 10 years at Spencer during which time he was won the Premiership, Senior Flags and European Club Cup. He is also the club secretary.
Gemma is currently Head of Sport and Active Lifestyles at The University of Warwick and has over 10 years of experience working in higher education sport promoting opportunities for student to engage in sport and physical activity. Alongside her role in higher education Gemma also has a lot of sports event management experience working at a number of large events, including spending 10 months working for London 2012.
Gemma started playing lacrosse at school and has represented her school, university, English Universities, Wales and Birmingham Lacrosse Club. Gemma has also been involved in lacrosse coaching and umpiring as well as spending a number of years on the Higher Education Lacrosse Sports Advisory Group developing lacrosse at universities.
Gemma wants to use her experience to continue to develop the sport of lacrosse throughout the country and increase the opportunities available for young people to experience the game that we all love.
Sue is a qualified librarian with an MBA. Now retired, her final role was Director of Information Services and University Librarian at London University.
Sue has been involved in many national and international committees, published articles and chapters in books, and presented at conferences. She also developed a new national graduate mentoring scheme for newly qualified information professionals.
Sue is currently President of the Federation of International Lacrosse. Previous positions held include Board Chairs for England Women’s Lacrosse Association and for English Lacrosse; President of English Lacrosse; Director of the 2001 Women’s World Cup in England and international Vice President.
She was also involved with setting up two charities and is a trustee of one of those. Setting up a charity for lacrosse in Great Britain has been a long held ambition for Sue and she is delighted to be part of it coming to fruition.
Adam is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and works as an audit manager with a wide range of businesses including owner managed business and complex groups across many sectors such as manufacturing, retail, wholesale and distribution. In addition to this, Adam has over five years experience working in the academy sector along with dealing with numerous charities and not-for-profit organisations.
Adam started playing lacrosse at the University of Hertfordshire in 2008, and represented the university throughout his time there, along with Welwyn Warriors where he worked his way up to their first team. Once graduated, he moved back to the midlands and began to play for the newly formed City of Stoke Lacrosse Club, and has been the first team captain since 2012 and Chairman and Treasurer since 2013. Adam has also represented the North West and Lancashire.
Michael relocated to London after a career in risk management at a Wall Street investment bank. He has a law degree from the University of Illinois and a BA in philosophy from Lehigh University, where he also played lacrosse.
After seeing beginners struggle with bad pockets and bad form as a youth coach, Michael founded Phantom Lacrosse in 2015 to produce a molded pocket for beginners that teaches good form. He joined The Lacrosse Foundation as part of his ambition to help lacrosse grow in the UK and throughout the world.
Kristy is a U.S. registered Attorney with experience in advising companies corporate legal matters and international law. She is currently the Director of Legal Affairs for Harley-Davidson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Her practice has covered intellectual property, manufacturing, corporate law and foreign investment and she regularly speaks on matters related to company compliance and the practice of law.
Kristy’s interest in lacrosse is not one of personal experience, but rather as a parent. Her son began playing lacrosse while they lived in Singapore and has continued the sport after they relocated to England, currently playing Varsity High School Lacrosse, with a club in SEMLA, as well as for the South England U-19 team. Her daughter, after trying multiple sports finally picked up a lacrosse stick and now plays club sport as well as for her high school Varsity team. Kristy is excited to see that The Lacrosse Foundation is ready to act as a catalyst to help grow the sport of lacrosse and give other young people the opportunity to grow the sport that her children enjoy so much.
Amit discovered lacrosse 30 years ago whilst looking for a new sport to play after leaving school. He joined Blues Lacrosse Club and was quickly captured by lacrosse. Since then Amit has played, coached, officiated and administered the sport at various levels.
Amit was instrumental in establishing the Blues Lacrosse schools and junior development programme which he ran for 10 years and, to help fund this, became a founder trustee of the charity SELET from which The Lacrosse Foundation has evolved. He has served as a volunteer member of the English Lacrosse Technical Committee and was an Assistant Coach for the England National Team in the 2012 European Championships.
Amit is looking forward to continuing his passion for lacrosse through the work of The Lacrosse Foundation and to use his varied experiences within the sport to support its development.
Fiona juggles her own Marketing Consultancy business with two small children. She was previously Global Head of Brand and Consumer Insight at ASOS.
She first picked up a lacrosse stick at the age of 12 and instantly fell in love with the game. Fiona played for Junior England, competing at the European Championships in Prague. She continued playing at a senior level and was awarded a Blue for Lacrosse at Edinburgh University and played for South territory. She still plays occasionally and plans on never retiring!