Karen Hood

Head of the IPF

Caroline Searight

Client Services Manager

Dave Bentley

Welfare Officer

Rachel Thomas

Team Administrator



Paul Murphy - Chair of Trustees

Paul joined the IPF Board in November 2007 and is now our Chairman. He has been heavily involved within the RFU for many years including being the RFU President during the 2012/13 season and previously, chaired the RFU Board, Governance, Finance and Player Safety Committees during his time on the RFU Council. 

Nigel Henderson

Nigel joined the IPF Board in January 2008 and is a qualified consultant in spinal and orthopaedic surgery. He also holds numerous qualifications including MA, BM, Bch and FRCS. Nigel was previously a spinal surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Fred Middleton

Fred joined the IPF Board in July 2008 and is a neurological specialist who has recently retired. He is the Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Foundation, a Trustee of ASPIRE and patron of Regain. Fred enjoys golf in his free time. 

Rob Udwin

Rob joined the IPF Board in January 2008 and is currently serving as RFU Council member for Middlesex. He previously held a position on the Board of the Rugby Football Foundation. He is also life vice-president of Chiswick RFC and is Director of Metafour International.

Stephen Pearson

Stephen joined the IPF Board in August 2013 and is RFU Council member for Oxford University and current chair of the RFU Player Safety and Welfare Board. He is also a member of London Scottish and an honorary fellow of Trinity College Oxford. Stephen is the Chief Investment Officer at Jupiter Asset management.

Judy Metcalfe

Judy joined the IPF Board in August 2013. Graduating from Cambridge University, Judy has been a full time and supply teacher and has worked in PR and Media and managed Corporate Events for Acorns Children's Hospice Trust.

Stephen Duckworth

Stephen joined the IPF Board in July 2015 and is an IPF client with extensive charity experience. This includes acting as a trustee for Inspire - supporting spinal cord injured people and being a friend of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association. Stephen is also Special Adviser to the Shaw Trust.

Emer McGilloway

Emer joined the IPF Board in January 2016 and is currently the clinical lead for rehabilitation at King’s College Hospital, specialising in traumatic brain injury and vocational rehabilitation. Emer is also an alumna of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio and was a professional opera singer for several years.

Evan Davies

Evan Davies joined the IPF board in February 2017 and is a consultant spinal surgeon in Southampton. As a faculty member of AO Spine, an international community of spine care professionals, Evan uses his clinical and research expertise to improve patient care and outcomes through education and knowledge exchange. Rugby has been his passion since he starting playing at minis for a local side, and he currently is a member of the RFU's Medical and Sports Science technical advisory group.


Useful contact details

General enquiries 020 8831 7693
Client Free Number 0800 783 1518
Fundraising enquiries 020 8831 7616
Email enquiries IPF@therfu.com

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