Our Team

Peter Kenyon

Non-Exec

Chairman

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Peter Kenyon

Non-Exec

Peter has over 30 years’ experience within the sports industry, having worked with leading brands and English Premier League football clubs. His career in the industry started at Umbro, where he became CEO and signed the first 13-year kit deal with Manchester United for £325 million.

Peter then moved to Manchester United in 1997 and was promoted to Chief Executive before leaving in 2003. His next position, from 2003–2009 was at Chelsea Football Club where he was Chief Executive.

Between 2009 and 2011, Peter held the position of Head of International Sports Business at CAA. In 2012 Peter started his own business, Opto Advisers, to provide consultancy services to football clubs and sports organisations, including football leagues.

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Ryan Constable

Director

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Ryan Constable

Director

Ryan’s first-class rugby career spanned 13 years, with seasons at Queensland Reds, Saracens and Ulster. His full 15-a-side international honours for Australia and captaincy of the Australian RWC 7s team mean that Ryan is very well qualified to advise on the demands of professional sport at the highest level across the globe.

Ryan combined his early playing career with studies in Sports Science, Business Management and Marketing at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, which enabled him to launch his career in rugby management in 2003 by starting his own company, Cornerflag Management Ltd.

Now a founding director of Esportif, Ryan has over fifteen years of industry experience to draw upon. Ryan’s stature in the industry was endorsed through with his appointment as the inaugural agent’s representative on the Irish Agents Registrations Board, an initiative conceived by Rugby Players Ireland to create a regulatory framework to help raise the standards of the industry.

Having directly negotiated the highest value playing contracts in the Pro14 and English Premiership, Ryan is widely regarded as one of the leading talent managers in Ireland & the UK.

Married, with four children; Corey, Kai, Maya, Jack and a Boston Terrier named Buddy, Ryan’s life is never dull and always busy. Unsurprisingly, one of his favourite quotes is “if you want a job done, ask a busy person” Holidays revolve around the theme of family, water, swimming and tennis.

Email: ryan.constable@esportif.com

Elaine Geddie

Finance Director

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Elaine Geddie

Finance Director

Elaine is a Chartered Accountant who qualified in South Africa with successive Bachelors of Commerce and Accounting with the University of the Witwatersrand. During Elaine’s 15-year career she has worked across various accounting and transaction services divisions at leading global financial services firms, including Deloitte and Thomson Reuters, and has developed a keen aptitude for managing key financial work-streams – from SAP implementations to company reorganisations. Elaine now heads up the financial division of Esportif International. Her attention to detail, enthusiastic work ethic and professional approach has been invaluable as the business has evolved from an owner-managed business to a global operation. She has implemented robust accounting policies and procedures across the group, been instrumental in managing the merger processes and continues to produce insightful consolidated management reports which are trusted and relied upon by the Board in developing the business’s long-term strategy.

Email: elaine.geddie@esportif.com

Craig Innes

Director

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Craig Innes

Director

Craig has a firmly established reputation around the world as one of Rugby’s leading player agents. Beginning his career in rugby in New Zealand as a professional player, Craig is one of few who made the successful switch between rugby codes.

Over his 12-year career he played for the Auckland Blues and All Blacks, then signed with Leeds Rhinos in the UK Super League, followed by the Australian NRL club Manly Sea Eagles, with whom he won a premiership title in 1996.

In 1997 Craig took on a new role off the pitch as founding director of one of New Zealand’s top player management companies, World In Motion, along with Bruce Sharrock. Craig’s career both on and off the field brings with it unprecedented knowledge of the New Zealand and International rugby industry, and over the years he has accumulated a strong network of contacts and valuable experience which makes him one of the most respected agents in the sport.

Email: craig.innes@esportif.com

Rhys Parsons

Director

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Rhys Parsons

Director

Rhys is a Founding Director of Esportif having been involved since the inception of the company.

Rhys specialises in the UK and French market where he represents both leading players and coaches. Rhys is fluent in French and in 2008 became only the second non-French citizen to be awarded a licence by the French Rugby Federation to represent professional players, coaches and clubs in France.

Rhys is also a qualified lawyer in England and Wales, specialising in sports-related employment law having practised in London, Paris and Cardiff and has advised on many complex multi-jurisdictional sports related transactions.

Given Rhys’s unique skillset he has developed a reputation for brokering complex international transfers and recently brokered the deals for both the highest paid player and Director of Rugby in to France. Rhys regularly visits Esportif’s southern hemisphere offices to assist them and their clients with assessing the European markets to ensure that the clients are well informed and comfortable with what can be life changing opportunities.

Away from work, Rhys has a very understanding wife in Bethan and is kept busy on weekends with his little ones Erin and Tomos. Rhys is a keen golfer (when time permits) and enjoys running to try and keep off some of the weight gained from the fine French food and wine he gets to enjoy! Rhys recently competed in the Man v Horse Marathon in Wales. The family try and spend as many weekends as possible down in west Wales where they have a caravan.

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Email: rhys.parsons@esportif.com

Duncan Sandlant

Director

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Duncan Sandlant

Director

Born in New Zealand Duncan studied at the Canterbury University Law School in Christchurch and qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of High Court of New Zealand.

Duncan practiced law for 13 years, specialising in employment law and sports law. He then founded Point Sports Management in the UK, becoming a founding Director of Esportif International in 2014.

Duncan has been managing coaches for over 15 years and is widely regarded as the global leader in this area. Since 2013 he has specialised exclusively in the representation and management of Directors of Rugby, Head and Assistant Coaches.

Duncan has significant experience and expertise consulting for national unions and clubs in relation to best-practice coaching and rugby operations structures, giving further weight to Rugby World’s decision to shortlist him as one of the most influential people in rugby in both 2016 and 2018.

Duncan is a married, father of two, and lives on a small island between England and France often referred to as the Rock. He enjoys ocean swimming, golf, boxing and now coaching the mighty Jersey under 9’s rugby team.

Email: duncan.sandlant@esportif.com

Bruce Sharrock

Director

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Bruce Sharrock

Director

Bruce has been successfully managing elite athletes for the past 15 years. His prior experience in the finance and retail industries, coupled with his notable business acumen, provides a vital element to the professional sports management that Esportif International offers to clients.

Bruce is one of the most respected agents in New Zealand and along with Craig Innes is a founding director of World In Motion, one of New Zealand’s leading sports management agencies. Bruce has comprehensive knowledge of the NZRPA/NZRU Players Collective, is an accredited NZRPA Player Agent and possesses a proven reputation for honesty and effective negotiation within the Australasian rugby industry.

Bruce is also an accredited NRL agent who possesses an in-depth knowledge of the NRL rules and regulations.

Email: bruce.sharrock@esportif.com

Mark Spoors

Director

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Mark Spoors

Director

Mark was educated at St. John’s School, Leatherhead in Surrey followed by De Montfort University where he combined a Marketing with Law degree with playing at Leicester Tigers Academy. An injury and lack of ability curtailed the rugby career but from the contacts he made while in the academy and at university, Mark decided to pursue a career as a sports agent in rugby.

Having combined working for a year at IMG, the worlds leading talent management company, with restaurant work to get by, Sports Masters International took Mark on to set up the rugby division. After a year of success, a number of other companies tried to purchase the rugby division however Mark decided to go alone and set up Big Red Management in 2003.

Big Red Management became one of the market leaders in England and Wales, expanding to a staff of 8, managing a number of leading international players with a reputation to match. Then in 2015 Big Red Management merged with Esportif to become the leading agency in Britain.

Now a director at esportif in charge of the English market, Mark has over 16 years experience, has managed more international captains than any other British agent and is the Chairman of the Association of Rugby Agents.

Mark lives in Poole and is married to Sophie, a reflexologist, they have 2 kids, Leo and Scarlett. Mark has a full and busy lifestyle combining numerous social events with a busy kids calendar. If there is free time it is spent on the golf course, travelling with Sophie, entertaining and having fun.

Email: mark.spoors@esportif.com

Sébastien Audinet

Director - France

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Sébastien Audinet

Director - France

Sebastien was born beside of a rugby pitch thanks to a family loving rugby for 5 generations. With a great-grandfather, a silver medal winner at the 1924 Paris Olympics Games.

Sebastien spent his 3 years of high school, between 2005 and 2008, in the federal academy at Lycee Lakanal which enabled him to take full advantage of his passion for rugby and try to become the best rugby player as possible.

During this period Sebastien played scrum half for 5 seasons in the youth academy of Racing92.

After the baccalaureate, Sébastien joined the prestigious Paris School of Business and he studied for one year in Scotland and was awarded a Master’s degree in Sport Management with Honours.

During his university days, Sebastien met Arnaud Seux with whom he founded a sports agency AS Sport Consulting, dedicated to young professional rugby players in France.

In 2017, AS Sport Consulting merged with Esportif International to create Esportif France, with the ambition of becoming the best rugby agency in France.

Outside of work, Sebastien is a dad of a little boy already crazy about rugby.

Email: sebastien.audinet@esportif.com

Kate Barton

Client Services Manager - Europe

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Kate Barton

Client Services Manager - Europe

Kate was educated in Warwickshire and then graduated with a HND in Business Management at Buckinghamshire University.

After University Kate took a year out to travel to Portugal which resulted her staying in Portugal after setting up two restaurants in Vale Do Lobo and Vilamoura.  Kate returned to the UK until her next venture was to Jersey, Channel Islands, again working in the catering industry until she decided to move into finance.  Kate worked as a Premier Relationship Manager at HSBC for 10 years look after the High Net Worth clients with their daily banking requirements.

Kate joined Esportif in 2012 and predominantly assists with the relocation of our players and coaches into Europe.  Kate enjoys helping our clients and their families settle in their new environment and ensures that this is a seamless process when moving to a new country.

Kate enjoys the diverse challenges of her role and is a point of contact for our clients on day to day requests from ordering new boots, to sourcing insurance, helping with flights…….the list is endless ……but always enjoyable and rewarding!

Kate’s passion is ensuring that the client receives the best service at all times which has resulted in great feedback from the players and coaches.

Email: kate.barton@esportif.com

Ella Bonnar

Financial Controller

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Ella Bonnar

Financial Controller

Ella joined Esportif in 2017, as part of the commercial team, looking after the accounts.

Having recently worked at the LTA she got an insight into the world of British Tennis.

This experience gave her a grasp of the complexity of a governing sports body and the balance of getting the wider public to participate in sport against developing high performance players.

After University, she trained with Sainsbury’s as an accountant and then moved to Thomson Reuters, where she worked for over 10 years, focusing on business reporting and project work.

With three kids, Will, Tom and Millie, life is busy outside of work but when she can she enjoys dog walking with friends, playing a bit of tennis and trying a bit of yoga.

Along with the usual catching up with friends and occasional trips to the theatre.

Email: ella.bonnar@esportif.com

Hannah Bowe

Consultancy And Intelligence

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Hannah Bowe

Consultancy And Intelligence

Hannah joined Esportif International in 2015, following over five years with a Big 4 accountancy firm in London and Sydney where she specialised in transaction tax and finance. Her combined experience, including a grounding in Engineering and Economics from Oxford University and international sporting exploits on the hockey pitch, have earned Hannah invaluable insight into the intense and often disparate pressures put on management at elite sports teams to perform on and off the pitch.

Since joining, Hannah has driven the evolution of Esportif Intelligence – a bespoke database tracking financial and other data on professional talent and teams.

Hannah leads Esportif’s advisory division working with professional club, union and competition body representatives on their strategic recruitment and planning, with the Esportif Intelligence platform forming a cornerstone of the offering.

Outside of the office, Hannah is still trying to master the art of the serve on the tennis court, ideally whilst balancing a glass of wine in the other hand.

Email: hannah.bowe@esportif.com

Michael Claassens

Client Services - South Africa

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Michael Claassens

Client Services - South Africa

Michael Claassens is from Kroonstad in the Free State and is a former Springbok player who in his professional career made in excess of 350 senior appearances, including eight Test matches for the South Africa national team.

Michael made his first class debut in 2003 for the Free State Cheetahs, making 64 appearances for the Bloemfontein-based side between 2003 and 2006. Michael was a Currie Cup winner with the Cheetahs in 2005 and again when they shared it with the Bulls in 2006. He made his Test debut against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on the 6th Nov 2004. Michael went on to play Super Rugby for the Cats in 2005 and the Cheetahs in 2006 and 2007.

Michael joined Bath Rugby in England for the 2007–2008 when they won the the European Challenge Cup in his first season, and he remained at Bath for a further six years.

Michael moved to France and played two seasons at Toulon, and was part of the Toulon team that won the top 14 and Heineken cup in 2013-2014.

After his time in France Michael returned to South Africa to finish his career at the Durban based Sharks.

Michael’s role at Esportif is to manage our clients at the Sharks and continue to develop the business in the region. As a Financial Planner Michael is ideally placed to assist clients with their financial management to safeguard their future.

Email: michael.claassens@esportif.com

Dylan Coll

Player Manager

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Dylan Coll

Player Manager

Dylan graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Management), and is a SARU Accredited Agent.

Saying Dylan is passionate about sport is an understatement. He has been playing a number of sports his whole life. Namely rugby, soccer, tennis, cricket and golf. He also played competitive rugby at first team club level. In addition he has his world rugby level one coaching license and has coached rugby at first team school level for many years prior to joining the Esportif team.

Having studied a marketing degree together with his natural marketing abilities he is well equipped to manage, market and promote our players.

He has strong negotiation skills, natural leadership qualities, is highly innovative, creative, and passionate about his players. A people’s person with the highest integrity and loyalty.

He has a keen eye for spotting new sporting talent and has the ability to develop and fast-track a budding sports person’s career. He is loved and respected by all who have the privilege of working with and being managed by him.

He was a director of Profind Sports Management Services pty (LTD) up until the end of 2018 before moving to our company to head up our Johannesburg and Pretoria area.

Email: dylan.coll@esportif.com

Josh Crane

Intelligence Analyst

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Josh Crane

Intelligence Analyst

Fresh from a hands-on psychology degree requiring advanced statistical analysis and data interpretation skills, Josh now manages the Esportif Intelligence database and operation thereof.

Having represented various sports teams at underage levels (including county level rugby for West Yorkshire), Josh’s understanding of the rugby market has been further enhanced working alongside RFU officials including a rugby coaching award obtained whilst studying for A-Levels.

This ability to manage various work-streams has enabled him to impress in a seamless transition to the business of rugby with Esportif, maintaining the database in real-time as well as providing bespoke analysis on the rugby market to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. In his spare time Josh will be either found playing or watching sport.

Email: josh.crane@esportif.com

Rebecca Davidson

Head Of Commercial - New Zealand

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Rebecca Davidson

Head Of Commercial - New Zealand

Rebecca always had a passion for sport and achieved her own success in sports such as hockey, athletics and tennis throughout her school and University days. Unfortunately her skills did not develop enough to gain her any kind of professional career to put bread on the table – so she honed her passion for sports to University education where she completed a Double Degree in Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ.

Rebecca was lucky enough to land a dream job after graduation in the Sponsorship team at adidas NZ. This is where her penchant for Rugby began.

Following on from adidas, Rebecca worked for about 8 years as a sports marketing consultant, working with many brands and companies in NZ and London on their sponsorship and marketing platforms. In 2014, Rebecca’s skills set and experience appealed to the Directors at Esportif who were developing the commercial division of the NZ business.

Rebecca is responsible for the Commercial strategic direction of the NZ business, generating revenue and retention strategies for our clients. These include Sponsorship/ambassadorship, PR, Media, Comms and Events. Rebecca has a very open, friendly, outgoing nature and immensely enjoys the personal relationships she has formed, particularly with our rugby clients and industry partners.

Email: rebecca.davidson@esportif.com

Nash Dawson

Player Manager

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Nash Dawson

Player Manager

Nash has been involved in the sports industry for over 10 years, having a continuous passion for rugby and rugby league, and a strong competitive nature. Nash played rugby league and was involved in boxing while growing up in the Gold Coast of Australia, careers in which were cut short due to injury.

His background in sports management and business management, in addition to his experience gained from developing and growing two successful companies from scratch, have culminated in his professional and client-focused approach to representing players. Nash’s time as a sports agent has seen him represent athletes of all calibers across multiple sports, from 14 year old superstars of tomorrow, to current NRL club captains and international superstars of today.

Nash has a genuine interest in his players’ wellbeing and career outcomes, and this drives his passion to maintain the highest possible standards of management and ensures that his players get the best results possible both on and off the field. He places emphasis on the fact that player management is not a “one size fits all” approach and understands that each player is a different person with different needs. Nash ensures his management service is specific to each player and in doing so, guarantees the best results possible.

Email: nash.dawson@esportif.com

Claire Diamond

Head of Commercial - N. Ireland

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Claire Diamond

Head of Commercial - N. Ireland

Following on from her Accountancy degree in Newcastle, Claire joined LJ Partnership in London in a key account management role.

Since moving back to Northern Ireland, Claire began an Accounting training contract but soon realised her passion was in travel and sport.

Working within the Golf industry and as a qualified Yoga instructor, Claire’s sporting ethos fits well with Esportif. Claire’s rugby knowledge is courtesy of her dad Richard Nicholas who was consulting orthopaedic surgeon for the QLD Reds and more recently Ulster Rugby.

Email: claire.diamond@esportif.com

Alberto Di Bernardo

Player Manager - Italy - Argentina

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Alberto Di Bernardo

Player Manager - Italy - Argentina

At the age of five Alberto started playing rugby at the Jockey Club Rosario, Argentina, where he discovered his passion and love for this sport.

In the year 2000 he made his debut in the first team, wining three consecutive titles and last year the local Championship.

In Argentina he represented the National Team at U18,U19,U20s and Argentina Provinces and A level.

In 2005 he decided to give it a try in pro rugby and moved to Europe, where he lived for 10 years playing professional rugby.

Alberto gained experience in all the highest competitions playing Super 10 for Leonessa and L’aquila in Italy, in the English Championship for Cornish Pirates-UK, English Premiership for Leeds, Top 14 Bourgoin, Pro 14 League for Benetton Treviso in Italy.

In addition Alberto played in the Challenge Cup and in the Heineken Cup and in 2007 at Twickenham won the EDF Cup after beating Exeter in the final.

Alberto won 4 caps for Italy in 2013 playing against South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and Australia.

Along with more than 1200 points accomplished as a kicking 10.

Having played at the highest level Alberto has the capability to understand the demands placed on professional rugby players, their needs and in-depth knowledge of the various markets.

Alberto has developed many lasting friendships with many excellent relationships nurtured in the world of rugby.

Alberto is married to Mareen and father of a baby girl Allegra. His favourite motto is “Risk failure to succeed”

Email: alberto.dibernardo@esportif.com

John Dickson

Global Brand and Communications

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John Dickson

Global Brand and Communications

John’s sporting passion is rugby football, having played loosehead prop for Ballynahinch RFC where he became Captain, then later President of the Club.

John graduated from the University Of Ulster in Belfast, with a BA(Hons) in Visual Communication, winning the top advertising student award in his final year.

After University John set up an award-winning design and media business, and in 2003 he teamed up with Ryan Constable who set up Cornerflag Management, a rugby management company based in Ireland. As principal of Cornerflag’s ecommerce and design division John’s design, photography and web-based expertise combined with his extensive media contacts made him a powerful resource.

In 2014 Cornerflag merged with Esportif where John now leads the Global Brand and Communications team, ensuring Esportif are always ahead of the game and exceeding the challenges of an ever-changing business world.

Away from work John is married to Joan and has 3 children, Emma, Alex, John Jnr and a dog Bonnie. Game fishing for trout and salmon is his go-to for relaxation when he can find the time. John is also a very keen golfer and enjoys making the native red squirrels take cover as he smashes a little white ball around the fairways of Ireland.

Email: john.dickson@esportif.com

James Downey

Player Manager

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James Downey

Player Manager

James’ career spanned over 13 years where he amassed over 250 games playing for Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Glasgow in the Pro 14 and Northampton and Wasps in the Premiership as well as a stint in Italy with Calvisano. James is a full Ireland International as well as 7’s. Winning the Pro 14 and European Challenge Cup and playing in the Heineken Cup Final are some of his highlights.

Whilst Playing, James juggled his rugby commitments with study and has a Sports Management Diploma, Degree in Business Management and a Sport Psychology Diploma. James is also a Qualified Financial Planner.

This experience gives James the ability to help and advise on managing a demanding career and study as well as the ability to have been involved in negotiations along his career. His career gave him the knowledge of knowing what a modern player needs and wants from a Player Manager.

With rugby to the fore he is an Assistant Coach at his club Clontarf RFC who compete in the tier below professional with many players representing Leinster.

Sport is front and centre in life outside work with James being a GAA advocate and going to Croke Park whenever he can. Golf has been taken up since his retirement but this is still a work on for him. And holidays find him around the Italian coastline.

Email: james.downey@esportif.com

Philip du Toit

Recruitment Manager - SA

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Philip du Toit

Recruitment Manager - SA

Philip was educated at Paarl Boys one of the top schools in South Africa. Where he played A-team rugby for his school in all the age groups. He also represented Western Province for 8 years as a junior tennis player and was one of the top tennis players in his age group in South Africa from age 10-18.

After studying a Bachelor of Law Agree he travelled abroad extensively and worked for various companies in England, Germany and New Zealand in sales and marketing positions. He returned to South Africa and in 2000 started a career in the SA Rugby Industry by scouting top schoolboy players for a few rugby franchises in South Africa from 2000 to 2009. In 2009 Philip together with Hilton Houghton were one of the founding members of Union Sports Group, a South Africa rugby player management company.

Philip is also a licensed accredited rugby player agent with SARU (South African Ruby Union) since 2009. He excelled in his career at identifying and / or representing some of the best young schoolboy rugby player since they were 13 years old.

A big number of these players represented various Super Rugby franchises, the South African Schools and Under 20 sides as well as the Springboks.

Philip professionally planned their career pathways at a young age and some became international stars. Of the current Springboks he identified and or managed at a young age includes: Siya Kolisi, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, Pieter Steph du Toit, Thomas du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Warrick Gelant, Andre Esterhuizen and Rohan Janse van Rensburg as well as the current SA u20 Captein Salmaan Moerant and Adriaan Alberts the SA Schools captain in 2018.

Email: philip.du.toit@esportif.com

Dyllan Forman

Player Manager

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Dyllan Forman

Player Manager

Dylan graduated from University of Johannesburg with a degrees in Bachelor of Commerce (Entrepreneurial Management), and Bachelor of commerce Honours (Strategic Management.

Dyllan is a natural sportsman who is very passionate about all sports and plays rugby, soccer, cricket and golf. He fell in love the game of rugby at a very young age and always aspired to be involved in this sport some way or another.

He studied a B-com degree in entrepreneurial management and did his honours in strategic management. Both these degrees have equipped him with the skills, knowledge and management abilities to assist in effectively managing players.

Dyllan constantly strives to improve the welfare of his players, he has great people skills which aids him to create a bespoke solution for each player, and he is flexible to address any situation that arises from age grade rugby to the international stage.

Dyllan was previously head of Junior Recruitment at Profind Sport Managment Seevices pty (LTD) where he was solely responsible for recruiting the best school boy and junior players . He ensured that there was continuous flow of the best junior players coming through the company.

Email: dyllan.forman@esportif.com

Claire

Creative Designer

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Claire

Creative Designer

After finishing a four year degree in visual communication followed by a number of years as a freelance designer, Claire joined the Global Brand Team at Esportif in 2015.

Claire works on numerous projects within the company from social media to web design. She is an empathic people person and enjoys working and solving solutions through engaging positive teamwork and is always in an upbeat helpful manner.

Claire is known for not taking life to seriously, coffee obsessed and also competes and helps coach martial arts at a local school.

She has a passion for exploring, taking pics of life and her little rescue dog. She is a keen zenned out yogi and enjoys honing her design skills in moving imagery in her spare time.

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Leigh Hinton

Player Manager

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Leigh Hinton

Player Manager

Leigh’s 11 year professional career saw him play for amongst others Leeds Carnegie and Newport Gwent Dragons as well as representing the famed Barbarians. With experience in the Premiership, Pro 14 and the Championship, Leigh is perfectly placed to advise players on the demands of the game on and off the field.

Leigh combined his playing career with an Undergraduate and Masters degrees in business, along with time spent building a property portfolio and writing for the Telegraph and Sky Sports. He has a passion for developing his clients away from just rugby and helping them prepare for life after the sport.

With his eye for talent, reputation and network in the game Leigh now manages some of the top International players in the Premiership and Pro14 and is widely regarded as one of the leading agents in the UK.

Away from Esportif, Leigh is married to Jen with four young daughters Isla, Freya, Amber and Stella.

Email: leigh.hinton@esportif.com

Peter Harmsworth

Player Manager

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Peter Harmsworth

Player Manager

Peter was born, raised and educated in the South East of England before heading north to Newcastle, where he gained his business degree from Northumbria University.

Peter returned to London in 2003 and started working in the commercial department at The Daily Telegraph.

After 4 years in the commercial world Peter then followed his desire to be a rugby agent and began work at Big Red Management in October, 2007.

Still based in London, Peter manages and array of players, full internationals to the best players coming through the age groups across the UK.

Email: peter.harmsworth@esportif.com

Josh Hughes

Commercial and Media Manager – GB

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Josh Hughes

Commercial and Media Manager – GB

Having combined his university studies with a two year internship at Big Red Management, Josh returned to Brunel University for his final year in 2015, to finish his degree in Business Management. In 2016, he graduated with first class honours and joined Esportif full time.

Josh works in the commercial team, based in the London office and mostly working on the media side of things. When he’s not in the office, he’ll most likely be found watching any live sport!

Email: josh.hughes@esportif.com

Gavin Jones

Player Manager

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Gavin Jones

Player Manager

Gavin was educated at Dale College Boys High School in the Eastern Cape where he played 1st team Rugby and Cricket and participated at Golf and Squash and headed up the referee society.

In 2002 after school Gavin was offered the job of head of Sport at Dale College while playing rugby in East London.

In 2003 Gavin started a plastics business that grew and 2005 Gavin left Dale College to run his business full time.

Gavin lived in Oxford England in 2007 for 6 Months and after his return he went straight back into coaching at Dale College.

In 2009 Gavin joined up with Hilton and Kendra Houghton to establish Union Sports Group and moved to Cape Town the following year as the company began to develop and grow.

In 2018 Union Sports Group merged with Esportif.

Away from work Gavin is married to Anine and they have an amazing little boy Kei. Gavin enjoys Diving, fishing, hunting, hiking and golf.

Email: gavin.jones@esportif.com

Dan Kane

Player Manager

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Dan Kane

Player Manager

Dan completed his Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from Massey University in 1999. Following this he decided it was time to move to Australia, where he worked for Billabong on the Gold Coast, and met his future wife, and honed some average surfing skills.

After they married they both travelled to Scotland where Dan played professional Rugby for the Scottish Borders club.

Following a number of seasons there, they relocated back to New Zealand and Dan played for Harbour in the NPC and grew as sports administrator through Harbour Sport, NSCC and Sport NZ, culminating in his current role at Esportif. A company and position he has proudly called home for well over 11 years.

Dan is a NZRPA Accredited Agent and a RUPA Accredited Agent, which positions him perfectly to support players across New Zealand and Australia.

The greatest enjoyment Dan gets is assisting players achieve their rugby goals with proper and thorough career planning; maximising playing potential, opportunities and earnings at every corner. Off the field, it’s exciting to see young men grow into quality individuals.

It often starts meeting a young player with his parents and within time it moves to the player, his wife and children. This gives Dan an amazing opportunity to develop genuine relationships and friendships with the player and family, and he always values being an integral part of their support network.

In his life outside of work, Dan is a caring husband and Dad of two amazing kids. He believes spending quality time and adoring every special moment with family is the most important aspect of life. Dan try’s to stay fit and eat as well as he possibly can. He enjoys cooking and baking, (sugar free usually) which his family often suggests tastes like “nothing” so his efforts never make it into any lunch boxes.

Email: daniel.kane@esportif.com

Derek Loots

Commercial and Media - South Africa

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Derek Loots

Commercial and Media - South Africa

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Gareth Maule

Player Manager

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Gareth Maule

Player Manager

Gareth is commercially astute and diversely experienced professional who has made the successful transition from a 12-year career in high level club and international age grade rugby to varying business environments, pro-actively progressing his career outside of professional rugby by utilising his days off and through a proven commitment to excelling in multiple areas.

In his spare time, Gareth is a Director of profitable property company, that he created with a school friend. He can also be seen supporting his string of racehorses, playing golf and exercising with his local running club.

Gareth takes a unique ‘Player Experience’ to his management style, having progressed as one of the first crop of ‘Professional Academy’ players and has also experienced rugby in several different environments, all of which competing in top class leagues, allowing him to pass on first-hand experience of the demands of professional rugby to his clients. He amassed over 150 appearances for The Scarlets and Bristol, captaining them on many occasions and playing a key role in some memorable European Cup wins as well as securing promotion to the Premiership whilst at Bristol.

Gareth retired from Professional Rugby in 2016, whilst still under contract and under his own terms, in order to further his off-field developments and move into Player Management, a role he had always desired.

Email: gareth.maule@esportif.com

Dave Millard

Player Manager

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Dave Millard

Player Manager

Dave’s rugby career took him across the globe with the Scotland 7’s team while playing his 15s rugby for Glasgow Warriors (Scotland) and finishing his pro career in Coventry (England).

Born in Fiji but raised in Scotland, Dave has a clear understanding of the route from school to professional rugby, where he is able to advise up and coming talent along with seasoned pros.

After studying Marine Biology at Aberdeen University and post his pro rugby career, Dave moved into the working world running businesses in the property/ drinks industry/ sports tech sectors.

Dave is able to advise and has a rounded understanding and perspective on the journey rugby players go through in their career where there is life after rugby.

Based in Scotland, Dave has a close relationship with all our Scottish based clients offering all player requirements on and off the pitch.

Married to his wife Jacqueline and with their son Mason, Dave understands the values that make players tick and link with Esportif’s values of ‘family first’.

Email: dave.millard@esportif.com

Cameron McIntyre

Player Manager

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Cameron McIntyre

Player Manager

Following a highly successful Professional Playing career spanning 15 years and 3 continents, 6 years in New Zealand, 5 years in France and 4 years in Japan), Cameron find myself in a unique position with such recent and vast experience of the global rugby market.

As a player manager Cameron specialises in contract negotiations, player placement domestically and globally, and a wide range of individually tailored advice around the development and the direction of a players life on and off the field.

Cameron has a very extensive knowledge of the domestic and global rugby markets and is able to utilise Esportif’s leading Global network, which is of great value when a player is looking to explore global rugby options.

Cameron’s passion for people and playing a role in some of the most significant decisions they will make is exciting, and believes given his first-hand experience he is uniquely placed to assist.

My belief is that each player is different and taking time to gain a thorough understanding of what’s important to them is vital. I am based in the Esportif Christchurch office but travel frequently throughout New Zealand to work with a wide range of clients from current All Blacks to highly promising School Boys.

Email: cameron.mcintyre@esportif.com

David McHugh

LineUp Director - Commercial Ireland

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David McHugh

LineUp Director - Commercial Ireland

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Daniel O’Loughlin

Director - Australia

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Daniel O’Loughlin

Director - Australia

Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in sales, sponsorship and management having owned his own successful advertising business in Dubai as well as working for five years with global brands such as Pepsi, Gatorade, Red Bull and Cadbury to name a few.

Daniel is also the founder of Komodo Management Group which was formed in 2011.  During this time he has represented talent across a number of sports and industries and his background in sponsorship has seen him responsible for some key corporate partnerships.

Daniel has a great eye for talent and has been able to identify, nurture and develop some of the best young talent across rugby and rugby league in Australia and New Zealand.  He also has a wide knowledge of product and brand development and has established significant networks and contacts both in Australia and overseas.

He has a passion for  sports and people and it is this passion that has led to him working tirelessly with his clients to not only get them the best opportunity on the field but to help ensure they are on track for a successful life post sport.

Email: daniel.oloughlin@esportif.com

Lindy Molyneux

Finance Manager South Africa

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Lindy Molyneux

Finance Manager South Africa

Lindy joined Esportif in March 2018 as a Financial Manager to provide a strong financial framework for the South African operations, as well as to provide commercial expertise and support.
She is a Chartered Accountant who qualified in South Africa after obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting through the University of Cape Town.

Lindy has worked in both UK and South Africa and brings with her more than 20 years of professional experience working across a wide range of industries including professional services, financial services, retail, travel – and now sport.

In addition, she has first-hand experience of working across a broad spectrum of corporate environments ranging from: large multinationals such as Sainsbury’s, Deutsche Bank and Ernst & Young; medium sized owner-managed businesses; through to successfully running her own business prior to joining the Esportif family.

Email: lindy.molyneux@esportif.com

Kenji Ono

Director - Japan

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Kenji Ono

Director - Japan

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Andrew Parata

Player Manager

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Andrew Parata

Player Manager

Born in Dunedin, the deep south of NZ, Andrew went to Otago University where he studied Accounting and Economics. Whilst studying towards his degree, Andrew was a member of the Otago Academy.

In 2008, Andrew debuted for Otago and went on to play 3 seasons for the province. Following his time with Otago, Andrew made the move to Tokyo, Japan and played for Hino Motors for 2 seasons.

Following a string of injuries, Andrew hung the boots up and moved to London where I began with Esportif in 2015.

Andrew has now been based in Edinburgh for the past 2 years, however still manages players throughout the UK.

Email: andrew.parata@esportif.com

Graeme Phillips

Recruitment Manager - NZ

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Graeme Phillips

Recruitment Manager - NZ

Graeme played age grade representative rugby for Wales and professionally for Newport RFC whilst completing my Business degree at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC).

Following that Graeme jumped on a plane and made the rugby pilgrimage to New Zealand playing club rugby in Taranaki.

Returning to the UK he completed his teaching qualification and went on to teach for 4 years in the UK.

When Graeme returned to NZ he held the role of Director of Rugby at a number of secondary school. Graeme also coached at representative level and was involved in the administration of school boy rugby for 10 years.

Moving into Graeme’s current role with Esportif has allowed him to continue working in this area he is passionate about – helping guide young men to reach their full potential and take advantage of all opportunities they can, both within their rugby, their work and study.

Away from work Graeme enjoys cooking and trying to keep fit and appreciates having so many amazing places in New Zealand to get out camping at the weekends with his wife and dog.

Email: graeme.phillips@esportif.com

Eloise Ramson

Commercial and Media Executive - GB

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Eloise Ramson

Commercial and Media Executive - GB

Eloise Ramson was born in West Sussex, UK where she lived until the age of 4, she attended the village school for just three weeks before moving with her family to Sydney, Australia.

Eloise carried out the rest of her schooling on the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, taking an interest in dance as a hobby outside of classes with many weekends spent travelling to different competitions. Eloise continued to explore Dance after she finished school with a three-month spell in Hollywood, participating in an intensive dance course. Eloise loves to travel and recently spent 5 weeks touring around Colombia.

In 2015 she relocated back to the UK and went to the University at Bath Spa, qualifying in 2018 with an Honours in Psychology and Dance. During her university years Eloise worked various part time jobs including (lots) of nannying, as well as a work experience in a dance school, where she was introduced into the media domain of the business. Eloise is now living in London and enjoying exploring the city.

Email: eloise.ramson@esportif.com

Arnaud Seux

Director - France

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Arnaud Seux

Director - France

Arnaud started playing Rugby at the age of 5 in the suburbs of Paris, and finished his career playing number 8 at PUC and Racing92.

At the earlier age of 20, Arnaud decided to combine his passion for Rugby with his career objectives and chose to study Sports Management and Entrepreneurship at Paris School of Business. After 5 years of studies, a Bachelor of BA and a masters degree in hand, Arnaud put his first foot in Sports management.

In 2011, Arnaud started his career in Rugby management with Asporia, a global sports management company. Asporia already specialised in diverse range of sports, but needed someone to create a Rugby division from scratch and lead it.

After a few years experience Arnaud’s entrepreneurial spirit and compulsion to take on challenges lead him to co-found AS Sport Consulting in 2014, one of the most dynamic Rugby Management Agencies in the French market.

In 2017, a new opportunity to become part of the Esportif team and today, as a Director in France, Arnaud brings 7 years of industry experience, a young and modern vision of sports management, and his passion for Rugby.

Email: arnaud.seux@esportif.com

Clare Turner

Client Services Manager - NZ

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Clare Turner

Client Services Manager - NZ

Clare comes from a varied background including a career in town planning, flight attending, and human resources, before starting with Esportif in 2016. Her passion for the industry stems from her involvement in a variety of sports both at the social and representative level, including netball (where she represented Counties Manukau) through to touch rugby, cricket and tennis.

Clare is very much a “people-person” and the highlight of her roles has been her ability to help people. With Esportif, she enjoys working with the players and their families to make life easier, ensuring that the transition between contracts, countries, and careers is seamless and pain-free.

Her time outside of Esportif is spent with her family, especially her two young boys who constantly keep her entertained and busy, and are her self-proclaimed ‘best achievement to date’.

Email: clare.turner@esportif.com