The day-to-day and operational management is led by our CEO, Sarah Webb, supported by the Director of Finance & Operations, Clare Rolfe and the Director of Marketing and Communications, Juliette Gillard.
The management team are supported by our Board of Trustees, who have responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring that Wooden Spoon meets its strategic objectives whilst complying with charity law and the Charity Commission requirements.
The Wooden Spoon Governance Board is made up of 10 trustees, chaired by Quentin Smith. The team has been carefully selected for their breadth of experience and has representatives from the rugby, commercial and charity sectors. Full Board meetings are held every three months.
You can view our Wooden Spoon Annual Report and Financial Statements 31 March 2019.
Meet the Trustees
Life PresidentPeter was born in 1933. He was educated at Emmanuel Grammar in Wandsworth, and spent his National service as Corporal i/c Transport in the RAF Regiment.
He worked for thirteen years in the oil industry as a Sales Manager for Gulf Oil. In 1967, Peter started a business in Vehicle Leasing and sold his interest in 1986. The next year, he started a new leasing business that he then sold to Hitachi Credit in 1995.
Peter is one of the founder members of Spoon, a former Chairman and in 1996, in recognition of his work for the children’s charity of rugby, he was appointed President. He served as a member of the Wembley Round Table from 1970 to 1975 and acted as their Chairman in 1973. He was a member of the Variety Club of Great Britain from 1977 to 1990 and was the Chairman for the Sunshine Coach Committee. He was a trustee of the charity Drive for Youth during the 1990’s. Peter’s interests include golf, rugby and swimming.
Chair of Trustees
Chair of TrusteesQuentin has been an independent mediator (http://www.quentinsmith.co.uk) for over 10 years. He handles a wide range of disputes and has been ranked in the top bracket, by the two principal legal guides, for over 11 years.
He started undertaking mediations whilst in private practice as a solicitor where he worked for over 22 years. His second/last firm was Addleshaw Goddard where he headed a litigation team and chaired a large Sport Business Group. Prior to a legal career, Quentin managed social work projects with socially disadvantaged / unemployed young people.
He was Chairman of Sale Sharks for 10 years before being elected, and then re-appointed, as the first and only independent Chairman of Premiership Rugby for six years, retiring in 2016. He sat on the Professional Game Board, which superintended the elite, international game and he was also a Director of the England Rugby 2015 Limited, the company which delivered the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He chairs the “Exceptions Panel” for The FA, Premier League and Football League which determines applications for work permits from Managers, Directors of Football and Players, with a delegated authority from the Home Office.
TrusteeAs a keen sportsman, David has played rugby all over the world and has also completed six marathons.
He emigrated to Australia in 1968, and established DHL International in Sydney in 1972 and other offices in Auckland, New Zealand and Fiji in 1973. He spent time in various locations in Australasia before moving to London in 1974 to open DHL International (UK) Ltd. Over the next five years, he established DHL’s operations in the Middle East, Africa, South America and throughout continental Europe.
Between 1986-1989, he established joint venture companies in the People’s Republic of China, Hungary and the Soviet Union and finally expanded DHL’s operations to Mongolia. In all of these locations, DHL was the first express carrier.
TrusteeJo is the Chief Operating Officer of Publicis Groupe UK, one of the worlds largest media & marketing companies, and home to some of the world's most famous agencies - Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Zenith & Starcom.
Jo is a graduate of 'probably the best university in the world' Exeter (BSc in Chemistry and Law). From there she started her marketing career in Bristol before moving to London in 1998 when she joined the WPP advertising network, working for Ogilvy, Wunderman and Y&R. Jo became CEO of OgilvyOne in 2016. In 2018 she jumped ship and moved to her current role at Publicis Groupe.
Jo's most important role however is mum to a hyperactive 8 year old boy (who can't get enough of sport - especially Battersea Ironsides Rugby (2,3!) and a 7 year old daughter (who loves ponies and her hamster Toby). As a west country farmer's daughter Jo is a Bath fan, much to the chagrin of her ex Bristol playing brother-in-law. Jo and her children spend as much time as possible on the farm, but call London their home for now.
As a single working parent Jo is committed to creating a flexible and inclusive working environment for all. As an adopter Jo believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity for health, education and happiness. Jo has been a proud Wooden Spoon Trustee since 2017.
TrusteeJohn trained as a Quantity Surveyor and is a Partner of Firmingers LLP Chartered Surveyors based in Worcester. The practice is a market leader in the retail sector and operates in many other sectors including heritage schemes.
John is a founder member of Wooden Spoon Worcestershire and has been Chair of the region for 15 years. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees from March 2013 until March 2018. John is also a member of the Community Board at Worcester Warriors, a member of Worcester Vigornia Rotary Club and supports many other local charities.
John has been living in Worcestershire for 50 years. He is married to Anne and has two children who now live away.
Outside work John enjoys watching Worcester Warriors and playing golf when time permits.
TrusteeAlison has worked with Voluntary Organisations for 25 years. She is currently the Chief Executive of Touchstone, a Mental Health Charity in Leeds, and wider West Yorkshire. Touchstone work with, and for, people that are affected by mental health problems and they specialise in working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Touchstone have received multiple awards for their work in equality and diversity, including the number 1 spot in the 2016 UK Top 50 Most Inclusive Employers Award. They are a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT-Friendly Employer for the 4th year running and are a Sunday Times 3 Star, Extraordinary Company to work for 2017, being placed 8th nationally and first for social conscience.
Before Alison started working with Touchstone she was a senior manager with Foundation Housing, a charity that supports people that have just come out of prison or are on bail to find housing.
Alison has been involved in local government for 27 years and is a councillor with the Labour Party in Armley, where she lived for 15 years. Alison is now the Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, the body that scrutinises the performance of the Police and Crime Commissioner and represents the interests of all the 2.2 million people across West Yorkshire. Alison also sits on Safer Leeds, the Community Safety Partnership for the city. Alison is the Chair of the Labour Group in Leeds and was the Deputy Lord Mayor in 2003-4.
Alison is involved with several local housing residents and tenants groups, chairs PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and Leeds Survivor-led Crisis Service.
Over the years, Alison has been a well known campaigner on equal rights and is the chair of the Leeds Domestic Violence Forum that raises awareness of domestic violence against women and children by known men.
Alison Lowe holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Leeds University and a BA in History. She has 2 grown up children, Adam and Rosy.
TrusteeMark is an adviser to CVC Capital Partners, non-executive director of Redde Northgate plc and Chair of Warwickshire County Cricket Ltd.
He has extensive experience in professional sports and consumer brand businesses having been Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby for 14 years until July 2019 and before that holding senior management positions as CEO of Avis Europe plc and Managing Director of Thomas Cook Group.
Mark graduated from the University of Hull in 1981 with a BA (Joint Hons) in French and German, having also attended the University of Freiburg. He started his executive career in international banking before moving on to consumer brands and sport. Under his leadership at Premiership Rugby, the league built up a series of award-winning community and charity programmes which reinforced the power of sport to create positive change to the lives of those less fortunate.
Chair of Governance
Chair of GovernanceMartin has been involved in Wooden Spoon since 1987 through membership of the Chiltern Region. Martin is Trustee and Chairman of Governance of Wooden Spoon.
Martin’s day job is CFO/General Manager of Honda Motor Europe Ltd. The role is for providing strategic financial, commercial, and operational leadership and good governance for the £5.2 billion European Business which comprises Auto’s, Motorcycles, Power Products.
Martin joined Honda (UK) in 1994 and has held positions of Head of Sales & Marketing for Honda (UK) Cars, General Manger Honda (UK) and Europe Power Products. Prior to that, he worked for Volvo Cars (UK) as Managing Director of Volvo Finance and before that worked as a worldwide auditor for British Airways PLC.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales he qualified with Deloitte in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Economics from the University College Cardiff.
He is a proud Welshman, born in Cardiff, is married with three rugby-playing sons and is a qualified junior rugby coach and referee.
His favourite quote from the Honda Philosophy and Soichiro Honda is ‘you work for yourself first and then Honda.’
Chair of Audit
Chair of AuditRichard was born in Holmfirth in the West Riding of Yorkshire. A member of the Yorkshire region committee of Wooden Spoon for over 10 years and Chairman since 2004, Richard has also twice competed in the Four Peaks Challenge event. After graduating in Economics from the University of Manchester, Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Post qualification experience with KPMG in London and the Middle East was followed by a move into industry in 1987.
Married with two sons, Richard has been Chief Executive of a motor retail business since 1993. Past experience in the voluntary sector includes 10 years as a trustee of Yorkshire Youth & Music. An enthusiastic cyclist, fell-walker and occasional oarsman after a knee injury curtailed his rugby playing days with Cleckheaton, Richard remains involved with club rugby supporting his two sons.
Chair of Projects
Chair of ProjectsAs one of the original founder members of Spoon in 1983, Nigel’s association with the Charity is approaching 35 years, during which time he has served on Council as Deputy Chairman, Regional Co-ordinator and Trustee. He also started the Midlands and Chilterns Regions, and is a past Chairman of both. He remains an active member of the Chilterns Region Committee. On behalf of Council he currently chairs the Projects Committee which has responsibility for managing the approval process of the 70+ requests that the Charity receives for grants each year.
Nigel worked in the security industry for over 20 years, but in 2006 started his own lawn treatment company, Supagrass Thames Valley from which he retired in 2015. He is married to Sue, lives in Maidenhead, and his main interests include rugby, cricket, golf, and, somewhat unusually, a collection of corkscrews!