Sir Bill Beaumont CBE DL
Honorary President of the Foundation
This Trustee doesn’t really need a biography but just in case you aren’t fully aware of Bill’s background, Bill (or Sir William Blackledge Beaumont, CBE, DL to give him his full title) played for and captained Lancashire, the North of England, England and the British and Irish Lions in an illustrious career, the highlight of which was being England’s Grand Slam captain in 1980. Bill has held a number of senior roles as a rugby administrator and is currently Chairman of World Rugby. He is a true one club man having only ever played club rugby for Fylde RFC.
Chairman of the Foundation
David formerly played for Birmingham University RFC and Thornton Cleveleys RUFC (where he is an Honorary Life Member) although to no great effect for either! Fortunately, his business career has been more successful than his rugby career. He grew and sold what was Europe’s largest educational travel company and since then has successfully invested in many early stage businesses. Amongst many other roles he is Chairman of Next Generation Travel.
Vice Chairman of the Foundation
Martin is a partner with Napthens Solicitors and takes a very active role in the local business community as Chairman of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group, as a non-executive member of the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Economic Prosperity Board and as a member of the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network Steering Group. Martin is also Chairman of the Lancashire Committee of Wooden Spoon the children’s charity of British rugby and is a board member of Blackpool & the Fylde College. He played rugby for Thornton Cleveleys RUFC for nearly 20 years.
Tony Attard OBE DL
Tony went to the University of Manchester where he played both Rugby Union and Rugby league after which he played rugby at club level at Rochdale and then at Thornton Cleveleys RUFC.
Tony is CEO of Panaz Group, a technical textiles company which exports to over 50 countries and Chairman of Alusid which is a sustainable manufacturer.
Tony’s strong commitment to Lancashire is demonstrated as Chairman of Marketing Lancashire and he is on the Board of the Lancashire LEP. Tony is Honorary fellow of the University of Central Lancashire, was High Sheriff of Lancashire 2018-19 and is Chairman of the Lancashire 2025 City of Culture bid.
Dave joined Fylde RFC straight from school and after a 20 year playing career he has held a number of positions at the club including 1st Team Manager and Chairman of Rugby before becoming Club Chairman in 2016. Away from rugby before retirement Dave had a successful career in Environmental Management in both the public and private sectors.
David Wiseman has been involved at Fylde RFC for over 25 years progressing from a junior to over 200 first team appearances plus representative honours with Lancashire followed by spells as First Team Manager and Club Secretary. Away from rugby he runs a successful local letting agency.
Matt is a former rugby player for Coventry Rugby and Bedford Blues. He retired from playing in 2019 and now operates his business Community Group Ltd. Community Group support community activities through sport and assist in the forming and operating of community departments for sports clubs and charities.
Martin is a keen rugby fan and long-standing supporter of Fylde RFC. An accountant by profession with experience at one of the UK’s leading firms, Martin is not just a “numbers” man. His commercial background and current position as adviser to a number of local businesses bring a broad skill-set to the role of Honorary Treasurer. He is also a local school governor who believes passionately in equal opportunities for all and improved life chances through sport.
Head of Community Coaching
Phill, who plays for Fylde Rugby 1st XV and has represented England Counties and Lancashire, comes into the role with a wealth of coaching experience. Following his Sports Coaching degree at the University of Central Lancashire, he started his journey at Preston Grasshoppers RFC before setting up a tag rugby coaching business. Phill recently worked as a Community Rugby Coach for England Rugby, additionally he has had numerous coaching roles including Head Coach Uclan 1xv and Forwards Coach Lancashire u17s.