Publish date: 28 January 2021


John H hi res.jpgOur Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, John Heritage, has accepted a three month secondment opportunity at Rugby League Cares, starting from the end of January 2021.

Rugby League Cares delivers a number of community programmes to improve mental health and wellbeing across Rugby League towns and communities.

Rugby League Cares recently approached our Chief Executive Simon Barber with a request for further support in relation to the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and the charity’s role as programme lead for health and wellbeing within the game.

Recognising that our values and aims align and due to the strategic ambition for this role, Simon suggested John Heritage for this secondment who was delighted to accept. 

In his secondment role, John will support the charity to maximise the opportunities the World Cup presents, focusing on:

  • Reviewing the current Rugby League Cares health and wellbeing offer
  • identifying opportunities to develop/improve programmes, make suggestions for future funding models and strengthen partnerships across health and social care
  • making recommendations and propose options for the future of the charity’s offer to the Rugby League Cares Board.
  • Making recommendations for the charity to maximise on the opportunities

This means that from the end of January, John will be working for Rugby League Cares for up to three days a week for approximately three months.

He will remain an Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive for our Trust attending Committee and Board meetings but will be taking a step back from day-to-day operational management while he undertakes this secondment.

Lee McMenamy, Director of Operations and Integration will take forward some of John’s internal operational commitments during the duration of the secondment and will be the first port of call for operational issues.

John has said: “I’m delighted to have been offered this opportunity. To be a part of supporting Rugby League Cares as they prepare for the World Cup 2021 and its legacy is really exciting and I’m looking forward to helping them think about some of the big issues affecting their future.

“I hope to further strengthen our partnership and will be making recommendations about potential new partnerships for the benefit of our communities.”