“We remain passionate about fairness,
opportunity, recognition and player welfare”

Mark Francis – Women’s Premiership Group

Mark Francis
Mark FrancisChairman
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What is your current job?

I am the Learning Director of the Star Commercial Academy.

How is this relevant to your role at the Women’s Premiership?

I bring experience of leading education and change programmes across Asia, USA, Latin America and Europe, and boy do we still need to change things!

What inspires you to be involved in Women’s Premiership Rugby?

After 35 years in women’s rugby I remain passionate about fairness, opportunity, recognition and player welfare. I reckon we are a really important Group of like-minded clubs, who can collectively change our sport.

Why is the Women’s Premiership important?

Without our drive and resilience women’s club rugby would remain under-funded, under-valued and under the radar.

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Jan Anastasi
Jan AnastasiSecretary
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What is your current job?

I am a head teacher, I work for a County Council trying to make sure children and young people who are out of education are re engaged with learning.

How is this relevant to your role at the Women’s Premiership?

Well its all about getting people to collaborate together to achieve good outcomes, but I was also a director of the Rugby Football Union for Women when it existed and that experience is very relevant to my role with WPR now

What inspires you to be involved in Women’s Premiership Rugby?

To see any women’s and girl’s sport recognised more and more . To help get women’s and girl’s rugby as a whole, get greater exposure to sports fans and secure greater support for the women’s and girl’s game

Why is the Women’s Premiership important?

To showcase the high standard of women’s rugby in England inspiring others to join in. To make sure the players and clubs are heard and given a voice.

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Heidi Mercer-Chapman
Heidi Mercer-ChapmanVice Chair
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What is your current job?

I am the CEO of Bristol Ladies Rugby, I have a paid role at Bristol Rugby solely looking after the Ladies section and I am currently the Vice Chair of the WPG.

How is this relevant to your role at the Women’s Premiership?

I am very fortunate to work within the Women’s Premiership, having been involved at Bristol Ladies for nine years and in my paid role for two. I manage everything from player welfare to securing and managing club contracts, sponsorship to back office staff recruitment and volunteer management to community projects.  I hope this gives me an insight into what the game needs for it to achieve its aspirations.

What inspires you to be involved in Women’s Premiership Rugby?

I am driven to see the Women’s Premiership taken seriously, given the same opportunities as our counterparts and be really celebrated within mainstream media.

For me, player welfare is key. With most working or studying full time, managing intense training programs, club commitments and some sort of life away from the sport they love, all whilst self-funding their way through the player pathway. The 2015 England 7s contracts were a step in the right direction but we need to extend the support offered to our premiership players; offering them legal, medical and welfare support.

That’s what I want for all of our Women’s Premiership players. Its what inspires me and what I fight for.

Why is the Women’s Premiership important?

With the grassroots level of W&G rugby growing year on year the Women’s Premiership is an inspiration to many young players. The community programs within clubs are run by players for players with the aim of motivating the next generation to achieve their goals, whatever they may be.

Rugby is an inclusive game, without barriers and the Women’s Premiership offers a platform to really celebrate female sport and all that is great about it: passion, commitment, energy and pride.

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Rhiannon Chandler-Day
Rhiannon Chandler-DayBrand Manager
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What is your current job?

I am the Communications and Social Media Executive, managing PR and Communications for Premiership Rugby.

How is this relevant to your role at the Women’s Premiership?

As the Brand Manager for the Women’s Premiership, I am able to support engagement across the league through planning, briefing and executing relevant PR strategies and building social media engagement and developing channel growth across our platforms.

What inspires you to be involved in Women’s Premiership Rugby?

From the age of six, my Dad started taking me to watch rugby matches with close family friends and I fell in love with the sport.

I learnt to play rugby eight years ago and I’ve played scrum-half for Great Shelford and Teddington RFC, before joining their coaching set up in 2015 and I’m now a qualified level 2 coach.

Why is the Women’s Premiership important?

It’s such a pivotal time for women’s sport, I feel it’s time we really push the word out there about how phenomenal our players are, knowing that we are the highest quality club rugby league in the world.

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Claire Purdy
Claire PurdyWelfare Officer
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