Dr. Mike England, Director of the RFU Injured Players Foundation has stepped down, passing the torch of leading the IPF to Dr. Karen Hood.
Mike left the post of Director of the RFU Injured Players Foundation in October, relocating to New Zealand with his family. Mike was instrumental in setting up the charity in 2008 and putting in place a solid framework to ensure that the Injured Players Foundation could not only immediately respond to urgent cases but also ensure that it would be able to support people for the rest of their lives. In his time at the IPF, he created a model highly regarded not only in rugby but also within the health and social care sector.
Paul Murphy BEM, the IPF Chair of Trustees said:
“The IPF Trustees, its clients and their families would like to thank Mike for all he has done to get the charity to where it is today. It is no exaggeration to say that this would not have been possible without his hard work and dedication. We are, however, pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Hood as his successor. Karen is very well placed to take the charity forward due to her experience of working with the IPF since it was formed.”
When taking on the new role, Karen said:
“I’m very proud and excited to be trusted with leading the IPF. I have been involved with the management of the charity since day one and am inspired on a daily basis by the injured players who we have been able to support through the most difficult periods of their lives. My purpose will be to ensure that IPF support is always there to help our injured teammates live the independent lives they aspire to.”
Everyone at the charity would like to thank Mike for his incredible efforts and for his achievements with the IPF in support of injured rugby players.
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