JOHN GIBSON

Chairman

John is a well-known and respected figure within the local community, having lived in Worcester for over 40 years. Trained as a quantity surveyor, he is a Partner at Firmingers LLP in Worcester, a leading multi-disciplinary practice of Chartered Surveyors that work throughout the UK and Internationally. He is also a prominent member of a number of charitable organisations, including the Wooden Spoon for whom he fulfills the role as Chairman. His work for the charity helps to transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby. Like many on the committee, John is also a keen supporter of the Warriors.


 
 

JULIAN POWELL

Julian currently holds the position of Business Director at Hallmark Hulme Solicitors in Worcester and has done so with great success over the past 13 years. With a background in accountancy, he has ensured that the local Worcester business runs both professionally and commercially to the highest standards. His fine efforts were recently recognised when Julian was awarded the honor of Office Manager of the Year at the 2016 Worcestershire Law Society Awards. A member of the Law Management Section of the Law Society and the Institute of Legal Finance Management, Julian is also a proud Old Elizabethan, having been a pupil at RGS Worcester between 1977-1983.


 
 

JAKE ABBOTT

Another homegrown product of the Warriors, Jake amassed a total of 72 appearances for the club and became a true fan favourite thanks to his passionate displays on the field and loveable nature off it.  During his time at the Warriors, Jake also represented England 7’s, putting in some eye-catching displays in the World Series along the way.

Following his time with the Warriors, Jake became one of the first professional rugby players in the USA during two seasons spent playing for the Dallas Griffins in Texas. Having called time on his hugely successful playing career, Jake has embarked on a new journey with The Rugby Players’ Association. As a Player Development Manager, he oversees player welfare and development opportunities for current Premiership players preparing for their second careers.


STEVE LLOYD

With a prestigious rugby playing career under his belt having played for Moseley and Worcester, Lloydy is one of the game’s great characters. Having hung up his boots in 2000, he has successfully integrated himself into the Worcestershire business network. Currently working for Scimitar Sports as Business Manager, he also owns and runs Copper Beech House B&B with his partner Kathy. Still very much involved with the game, Lloydy is also passionately linked with Worcester RFC. Having coached the side for 12 seasons, he progressed to Team Manager before taking on the role of President, which he currently holds.


CECIL DUCKWORTH CBE

Cecil Duckworth CBE arrived in Worcester in 1958 and over the last half a century has become a key figure in transforming not only the Warriors but also the City of Worcester itself. A hugely successful businessman, Cecil launched the gas fired combi boiler in 1970 and grew Worcester Heat Systems with great triumph until it was sold to Bosch in 1992. Cecil has dedicated a considerable amount of time, money and resources into improving the quality of life of many across the county. Notably, he was involved in bringing Acorns Children’s Hospice to the City and formed The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, an environmental charity dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the natural and built environments of the county.

Amongst many well-deserved achievements, Cecil was awarded the prestigious Freeman of the City of Worcester in 2008 and in 2013 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.


KATHY LEATHER

After holding positions within the commercial sectors of both Luton Town FC and Bedford Blues RFC, Kathy moved to Worcester and played an integral role in developing the Warriors’ performance as a business. For 13 years, Kathy was the driving force within the Commercial Department and was responsible for developing both rugby and non-rugby income streams.  In 2009 Kathy was awarded Businesswoman of the Year in recognition of her work at the Warriors as well as her contribution to many charities including the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign and the Wooden Spoon.

Since moving on from the Warriors, Kathy has taken the role as a commercial consultant at the Bank House Hotel, helping to reestablish the resort as one of the finest and most successful in the county. Kathy’s most recent venture has been with her partner Stephen, who also sits on the Testimonial Committee. They have opened Copper Beech House, a six-bedroom bed and breakfast in Great Malvern, which is already becoming one of the most popular establishments in the area. 


RICHARD LANE

Richard has achieved an incredible amount of success as a businessman, 26 years after setting up EBC Group. Seen as one of the most successful and respected office technology specialists in the UK, ECB Group now provides and manages services to over 500 businesses operating out of three regional offices. He has guided the business to become a ‘Complete Solutions Provider’- providing a single source for all your office technology needs, including Managed Print Services (MPS), Information Management, IT solutions and Unified Communications. A keen golfer, Richard is also a motocross lover, competing regularly across the country.