Leicester Tigers Foundation Trustees
Head of Rugby Operations at Leicester Tigers since 2005, Simon joined the Board in 2011 as Acting Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive. Previously a sports lawyer and partner at James Chapman & Co in Manchester, Simon represented the England rugby team, Rugby Players Association and British & Irish Lions players. He also set up Rugby Class, a nationwide rugby coaching company, and was an agent for a number of England players including Jonny Wilkinson.
Chris has responsibility for all supporter operations including season tickets, community and marketing activities. Chris played rugby at the same school as Tom and Ben Youngs, and took part in the world's oldest rugby competition - The Hospitals Cup. He joined Tigers in 2007 from Norwich City FC and has almost been forgiven for his football past. His son plays rugby in the minis age groups.
As an emerging talent in the world of rugby, Matt Hampson's world was rocked by a serious spinal injury sustained while training with England Under-21s. The shock would last months, the impact forever. Paralysed from the neck down, Matt faced the toughest challenge of his life. Drawing on the passion, grit and steely determination that defined him as a player, Matt saw his accident not as an end, but as a new beginning. Through the Matt Hampson Foundation, Matt offers hope and inspiration to young people with similar injuries, sharing his experiences and devoting his life to raising vital funds for those in need of support. Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport.
Nima is a writer and editor who specialises in business, luxury and lifestyle for a variety of newspapers, high-end consumer and B2B magazines. She currently edits Asian Wealth Magazine, a business publication for entrepreneurs, business leaders and professionals. A fully-fledged rugby mum, Nima’s daughter plays for Leicester Tigers Swifts, and her son plays for Syston RFC. As well as writing about her experience of getting into the sport as a family, she writes a ‘Rugby Mum’ blog for Be Rugby Children’s Magazine. Nima is an active member of the community, working in particular with ISKCON Leicester and interfaith work in the City.
Tom Youngs is the Leicester Tigers club captain and only Martin Johnson has led the team on more occasions in Premiership rugby. After starting his career as a centre, he gained 29 caps for England plus three Test appearances for the British & Irish Lions after moving into the forward pack. Born in Norfolk, he attended Gresham’s School alongside younger brother Ben who is also a colleague with Tigers, England and the Lions. They are the sons of former Tigers and England scrum-half Nick Youngs, and Tom works closely with his family on their farm away from his rugby commitments.