Board Members

The Community Board is made up of the following members:

Clare Morrow

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Clare Morrow is the current Chair of the Community Board.

She is a Non-Executive Director of the Rugby Football League Board, Chair of Welcome to Yorkshire, which secured the Grand Depart of the Tour de France for Yorkshire, and a Non-Executive Director of the Harrogate family business Bettys and Taylors.

She is a former Controller of Programmes at ITV Yorkshire and spent twenty five years working as a journalist in newspapers, radio and TV.

For several years she was responsible for the sports programming at ITV Yorkshire, including Rugby League Raw, which won several Royal Television Society Awards.

Nigel Wood

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Nigel has been a Director of the RFL for 12 years, being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007. During this time the RFL has delivered a profit in each consecutive year and investment around the sport has reached record levels. Nigel is also Chief Executive Officer of Super League (Europe) Ltd, a position he has held since the creation of the company in 1996.

Nigel joined the RFL in 2001 and has held a number of positions in the organisation, including Chief Financial Officer. Prior to working for the RFL, Nigel was Chief Executive of Super League Club Halifax Blue Sox and Deputy Head of Finance for BBC North. He graduated from the University of Bradford in 1996 with an MBA in Business Administration.

Nigel is committed to the expansion of the international game and he was elected as Vice Chair of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) in May 2012 having worked in support of the federation for the past ten years. Nigel is Chair of the Business, Finance and Grants Sub-Committee, which has overseen the implementation of a formal grants protocol for the first time in the history of the organisation.

He has supported European development through his work with the RFL and assisted the development of the international game by working with broadcast partners to have the widest possible audience for international matches.

Nigel played Rugby League for Bradford Northern and Halifax RLFC at junior levels and Huddersfield at reserve grade, together with a number of seasons playing community Rugby League in the Pennine League.

Nigel enjoys spending his spare time at Brighouse Rangers RLFC where he assists with the coaching of the Under 14s team.

WO Damian Clayton MBE

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Warrant Officer Damian Clayton MBE RAF is the Armed Forces representative on the Community Board. 

 

Damian has played a key role in the recognition and overall development of Rugby League in the RAF and Armed Forces. 

 

Together with the fellow member of the RFL Roll of Honor – Martin Coyd, he started a personal campaign to challenge the antiquated view held by some of the military hierarchy, that Rugby League had no place in our Armed Forces. 

 

The rest is history as they say, with the sport gaining official recognition in the RAF on 1 Jan 1996.  He was bestowed the honour of membership of the Most Excellence Order of the British Empire in the 2002 Queens Birthday Honours list for services to Rugby League in the Armed Forces. 

 

As a player Damian captained the RAF Rugby League side from 1994 – 2006. Unfortunately he succumbed to a ruptured ACL during an Inter Service fixture against the Royal Navy which ended his playing career. 

 

Professionally, Damian currently holds the appointment of Station Warrant Officer at the RAF College, RAF Cranwell, which also happens to be the home of RAF Rugby League. 

 

He has served both home and abroad, completing tours in Germany, Holland, Iraq, Bosnia and the Falkland Islands.

Charlie Bray

Charlie Bray

Charlie represents the Youth and Junior Leagues on the Community Board and has done so since 2008.

He also sits on the Community Board International Group, the Community Board Regulatory Group, the Youth and Junior Management and the Primary League Group. Along with this he also has to look after the everyday running of Milford Sports Club where he holds the General Secretaries position.

Supporting Leeds RL/Rhinos all his life he got involved with Milford Marlins when his two sons took up Rugby League and then took on a coaching role and has coached at every age group from under-8s through to Open Age.

Taking on the role as Milford’s Club Representative led to him joining the Yorkshire Junior League Management where he has served for over 25 years. Starting as Fixture Secretary he then moved on to be Discipline Secretary before taken up his position as General Secretary as the league grew into the largest in the country.

A qualified UKCC Level 2 coach, he’s involved with the Marlins first team and following his involvement in the Performance Pathway has progressed to become a Performance Analyst.

Pat Crawshaw

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Retired, in 2002, as Assistant Headteacher at South Leeds High School, after 32 years full-time teaching in secondary education.

Pat has been involved in the Community Game for over 30 years having started out in 1980 as Secretary of Walnut Warriors ARLFC, her local club in Wakefield, a position she held for 15 years.

In 1985 she took on the role of PRO for the West Yorkshire Sunday League and from 1992 until 1998 was the Chairperson. A long-time member of the Wakefield & District ARL Management team she was President for 15 years stepping down in September 2013.

For three years, from 2005, Pat was on the BARLA Board of Management as well as being the vice-chair of the Youth and Junior Council.

In 2006 she was appointed Chair of the RFL Female Steering Group and is now the Chair of the Women and Girls Management Group which oversees the running of the female playing programme.

Pat is also a member of the Community Board Regulatory Group and Chairs the Yorkshire Men’s League Disciplinary Panel.

A member of the Student Rugby League Board since 2006 Pat took over as Chair in January 2014. As the representative for this body she sits on the Community Board and Rugby League Council.

Peter Moran

Peter Moran

Peter is a Solicitor Advocate and Partner in a criminal law practice based in Wigan.

He was appointed to the Community Board by Richard Lewis in 2004.

Peter is steeped in the grassroots of the game

He played schoolboy rugby for St Cuthberts and St John Rigby College before moving to open age with Whelley ARLFC and on its merger, Wigan St Patricks.

He was jointly responsible for the founding of the North West Counties Youth League in the mid 1970's and became its first fixture secretary.

He also took on the role of rugby secretary for the now legendary Wigan St Patricks youth sides for over 15 years and indeed helped build the clubhouse there.

He has held various positions within BARLA, as a Board member, Chair of Youth, Assistant Tour Manager and Ambassador to International Board meetings, whilst he also served as President of the association for many years.

He has been actively involved in the National Conference League virtually since its inception, as Chairman and currently President.

He negotiated its re-branding in conjunction with the RFL in 1994 and has helped secure the League's present dominant position as the premier competition within the Community Game.

He is a lifelong supporter of – and still holds a few shares in – The Wigan Football Club Ltd (Wigan Warriors)

Martin Coyd

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First appointed in November 2011 and re-elected in November 2013, Martin represents the Tier Four clubs on the board.

Born in Warrington in 1964, Martin spent every possible opportunity playing Rugby League in the park and watching Warrington at Wilderspool.

On joining the Royal Engineers in 1983, Martin came across many barriers to playing Rugby League, but despite that he and a group of enthusiastic mates played where they could, including in the fledgling North East League in the late 80’s

Martin was instrumental in breaking down one of the last establishment walls when Army Rugby League was formed in 1994.

Appointed as the first Secretary of Army Rugby League, he put in place the structures on which Rugby League is played in the Armed Forces and was appointed as the first Secretary of Combined Services Rugby League in 1997.

Martin was a foundation member of the original RFL/BARLA Joint Policy Board in 1997 and played a key role in establishing the pathway for Servicemen and Students to play international Rugby League and represent their country.  Another significant step was made with the inclusion of the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy in the Rugby League Challenge Cup in 1999 with the Army reaching the third round

On leaving the forces in 2000, Martin had a short period away from the game, settling in Gillingham, Kent, before re-engaging with the sport in the London & the South region.

Initially involved in the new junior league, Martin established Medway Dragons RLFC which now fields 10 teams from under-7 to Masters and includes girls, women’s and wheelchair sides.

Martin is current Chair of the London RL Youth, Junior and Primary League, Chair of Wheelchair Rugby League and is also Manager of the England Wheelchair RL Team. Until recently, Martin was Scholarship Manager at London Broncos RLFC.

He plays Masters for Medway Dragons, had the honour of playing for Great Britain Masters v Australia in July 2010 and is a proud Baht’at.

He was recognised in 2011 with a place on The Rugby Football League Roll of Honour.

Martin was bestowed the honour being made an Officer of the Most Excellence Order of the British Empire in the 2014 New Years Honours list for services to Rugby League.

Sue Taylor

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Sue has almost 40 years experience within Rugby League after being introduced to the game by her husband John in 1974.

Elected as BARLA Chair in 2013, Sue is also Secretary of the Pennine League and has held a number of roles within clubs and leagues over the years.

A passionate supporter of the game, she retired from her role as a Company Secretary in 2012 after 28 years in the job.

Fred Baker

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Yorkshireman Fred Baker lives in Shropshire where he works as a research technician at a local University.

He is married to Jane and has one son, Jack, currently a student Rugby League player.

Fred first became a fan of Rugby League as a school boy when a family friend took him to Wiggington Road to watch York Wasps. The "buzz" that he got from that game has never left him.

In 1999 he moved from East Yorkshire to Shropshire and was delighted that the existence of the Telford Raiders meant that his son could play his game of choice. The familiar route from enthusiastic parent to administrator, coach and eventually chairperson soon followed.

Fred was involved in the Midlands steering group that pushed forward the development of the junior and senior game in the region.

Over the last ten years he has been proud to play a part in the growth of Rugby League across the whole of the Midlands, and is very aware of the challenges and opportunities that such expansion presents.

He is an active level 2 coach, most recently at club, RPDC and Midlands U18 level.

Trevor Hunt

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Trevor played at Leigh Miners for 25 years, after joining them from Leeds University, where he was a Student International centre.

Played every position except hooker and was a member of the Miners Management committee and Leigh and District League until 1996.

Also Chaired Lancashire’s County Selection committees at open age and Under 18’s level in the 80’s before being part of BARLA International Management Team on the first open-age South Pacific Tour of 1990 to Samoa, Tonga and the Cooke Islands.

Thereafter he visited Fiji and New Zealand in 1992 to set up the 1994 South Pacific Tour with Fiji now added to the previous islands visited.

In 1995 he Toured South Africa twice and resigned from the BARLA International set up in 1997, having covered every game against France home and away since 1979, to concentrate on his then National Conference League role as Vice Chairman.

Trevor is the Chair of the National Conference League having first being elected as a club rep to the NCL in 1986.

He is interested in promoting excellence in the community game and providing the very best standard nationally and internationally that a player can aspire to achieve in their playing career at any level.

Extremely passionate about the game and all sectors working together for Rugby League to be one sport that can take its rightful place among the sporting elite and appeal to all sportsmen and women.

Trevor also has a day job as a civil engineer and is the Bid and Business Development Manager for the hugely successful EM Highway Services Limited, and integrated Highways Services provider which is the largest provider to the UK Government’s Highways Agency on the motorway and all-purpose trunk road network, as well as for local highway authorities.

He is also a Rugby League Journalist who has been a member of the BBC Radio Manchester Rugby League Team since 1986, commentating on and covering thousands of games over the years.

In 2012 Trevor and his co –host Jack Dearden won the coveted Frank Gillard Award for the Local Radio Sport’s Programme of the Year – the equivalent of a radio Oscar – for their Rugby League Extra Programme on Thursday nights that has been running since 1996.

Trevor has commentated on every Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final since 1998, and every World Cup since 1995 as well as writing for various publications since 1975. He is the current Chair of the Rugby League Writers Association, a position he has held since 2009.

Ian Szwandt

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Ian Szwandt is the Chair of English Schools’ Rugby League.

He has been involved with schools for over 20 years. During this time he has coached School sides at all Secondary School year groups and assisted in the coaching of town team sides at U13, U15 and U16s ages.

 

In his role with the ESRL Ian has toured with the U16s International sides to France, undertaking several roles.

 

Before his career in Education Ian was in the banking industry and the food industry, but has always had a strong interest in Rugby League since his early years watching Oldham at Watersheddings.