Dallaglio RugbyWorks is an intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, through which we aim to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.

Our CEO Rachel is to leave after nine years with the charity and will be succeeded by Jason Worthy.

Rachel Roxburgh, our inaugural CEO, will leave Dallaglio RugbyWorks in March, after nine fantastic years leading the organisation, with Jason Worthy announced as Rachel’s successor.

Rachel has been with RugbyWorks since 2011, when the charity was initially set-up following the great success of the 8Rocks fundraising galas. During her tenure, Rachel has overseen the growth of the organisation, including the development and delivery of a unique three-year skills-led programme to over 2000 young people across eight regions in England and Wales, which helps marginalised teenagers, at risk of being left behind by society, to aspire for and achieve a better future.

Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, Founder of RugbyWorks, said: “This is a key moment for me. I never envisaged 10 years ago when I set up the charity, we would have achieved so much and be such an important player in the sport for development space. This has been driven by Rachel’s leadership, energy and passion, and for that I am indebted.

“In Jason, I know we have recruited an outstanding successor and he will now take us forward to the next stage of our development and I am incredibly excited to see what he brings.”

Speaking upon the announcement, Rachel commented: “It has been the biggest privilege for me to be the inaugural CEO, and to work with such a passionate group of staff, supporters and young people.

“I would never have imagined when I first walked through the door of this charity that we would end up being a national charity working with some of the most vulnerable young people across England and Wales.

“This has shown the progress of the charity and I believe this is a huge achievement for everyone involved with RugbyWorks. As CEO, this wouldn’t have been possible if I didn't have the most incredible people around me. I look forward to handing over the baton to Jason to take us to the next stage".

Jason will join RugbyWorks later this month and brings a wealth of experience from the fitness and charity industries.

Starting as a personal trainer, Jason eventually became President and CEO at Life Fitness. Throughout his career Jason has held roles that have involved profit and loss leadership as well as responsibility for purchasing, corporate fundraising and technology. Jason is also a founding trustee of the Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity which provides support, counselling and guidance for children who have sadly lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

In his spare time, Jason coaches at Bracknell Rugby Club and supports Northampton Saints.

Upon his appointment, Jason said: “I am honoured to be joining the team at Dallaglio RugbyWorks.

“From the moment I learned more about the mission I was immediately compelled to get involved. I have been extremely impressed with the work the team has done to date under Rachel’s leadership and am excited to start working with the Staff and Board of Trustees to continue the evolution of this fantastic charity.”

Read the full statement from our Chair, Matthew Key, and our Founder, Lawrence, on Rachel's departure and Jason's appointment here.

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