“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