Neil Wilson, managing partner of Chadwick Lawrence, has been named an official trustee of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Following a decade long partnership with both Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation as official legal partner, Neil was invited to become a trustee of the rugby club’s official charity this year.
Trustees of the Foundation have a governance function, and are required to attend regular board meetings and events. They also provide support and guidance to dedicated Foundation employees.
The foundation follows the mantra of “Changing lives through Sport”, and that sport can help bridge gaps that exist within communities. With support from local businesses, trustees and the rugby club itself, they organise and run a number of events to encourage young people from the local community to engage with sport, such as sport taster sessions for all abilities.
In addition to providing access to sport for young people, they also contribute towards a safer community by aiming to reduce health inequalities, supporting victims of domestic abuse, and helping to rehabilitate ex-offenders and help with the return to employment.
Additional fundraising events are held throughout the year, with partners, trustees and supporters taking part in the Leeds 10K run and attending a summer gala dinner to raise money so that the charity can continue to carry out its hard work.
Neil Wilson said: “Following a lengthy partnership with the club as their legal partner, I have seen the great work the Foundation does for the community, and it is an honor to be asked to help in a small way.
“I am looking forward to being able to provide support and guidance to the foundation employees, the other trustees, and of course the children and community members that we will be supporting.”
“We are delighted that Neil is coming on board as a trustee for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation,” said Bob Bowman QPM, chief operating officer of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
“We have worked with Chadwick Lawrence for a number of years and they already have a great understanding of how the Foundation fits in with the rest of the club. We are looking forward to growing this partnership with Neil and his firm.”