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Tony Rowe OBE, Chairman

Tony is currently the Chief Executive and Chairman of the South West Communications Group. Tony has many other commercial interests in Exeter but notably he is the Chief Executive and Chairman of Exeter Rugby Group Plc ( Exeter Chiefs), who over the last 20 years under his guidance have risen from a fourth division amateur outfit to the Champions of English Rugby Union, playing in England’s Aviva Premiership.

In 2006, the Chiefs made the move from the run-down County Ground at St Thomas, to Sandy Park: a state-of-the-art stadium and conferencing centre based on the edge of the City.

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Michael Caines MBE, Trustee

“There’s a great saying in life that says “charity starts at home, for us home is Exeter & Devon”, so being involved with The Exeter Chiefs Foundation is a great honour and one that benefits the local area through charitable activities.

Exeter Chiefs' success and impact on Exeter and the wider community of Devon has been massive and it’s our aim to ensure that this is success is felt by those that need our help the most, our local charities.”

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Keiron Northcott, Trustee

Keiron is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of the Exeter Chiefs as well as being a partner in his own Insurance Brokerage, Northcott Beaton Ltd. Working with his business partner Nick Beaton, the company is based in Sowton, Exeter and has been trading since 1990.

His role at the Chiefs and his passion for Rugby developed from an early age. Keiron was born in Exeter and attended Hele’s School where he first discovered his love of rugby. When he left school he went straight into the Insurance Industry in Exeter Working for Municipal Mutual Insurance.

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David Bird, Trustee

David Bird is the Head of Santander’s Business Banking team for the South West, helping people and businesses prosper.

He has well over 30 years experience in banking, covering a wide variety of roles across the UK, including lengthy spells in credit, commercial and corporate banking.

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Alan Quantick, Trustee

Alan has lived and worked in the Exeter area for the majority of his career. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Alan spent over thirty years working in private practice in the city. Following retirement he joined the Exeter Chiefs in 2008 as Finance Director.

Alan has been actively involved as the Chiefs have risen over the years from Championship, through promotion to Premiership Champions in 2017.

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Marc Astley, Trustee

Marc is the CEO of multi award-winning PR and Marketing agency Astley Media and founder of citizen journalism website The Exeter Daily. Before launching his agency, Marc was editor of the Express & Echo in Exeter for six years and a journalist for more than 20 years.

He has been a trustee since the Foundation was launched and also supports several other charities.

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