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Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network

Rob Thomas

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GST)

Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network

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HSBC CheltnehamJoin us for this summer's RBN Networking Event in the Cheltenham & Gloucester Area, sponsored by HSBC (who are also a national RBN Sponsor)

Numbers are limited to 75 so book early to avoid disappointment (the last RBN Event in Cheltenham at Mercedes-Benz Cheltenham was a sell-out with 100+ people there)

Watch the video from the most recent event at Cheltenham to get an idea of the type of event you're signing up for and read some feedback below:

Past attendeee Feedback:

Jill MaidmentJill Maidment

Thank you to Nadine and your good self for organizing such a great event!

Max LueckMax Lueck

Another fantastically organised and enjoyable event. The combination of inspirational speakers, good structure of the evening and excellent chosen location make Rob's events very special and recommendable.

Louise BurridgeLouise Burridge
Many thanks to all who organised and presented at the Rugby Business Network event last week. The event was really interesting and I now have a much greater understanding of the work of both the Rugby for Heroes charity and the RBN itself. An excellently run event - thank you! :)


If you haven't attended a Rugby Business Network event elsewhere in the UK (or world for that matter) then here's what you can expect:

  • 2 Hours of informal networking with Business Owners and Senior Business People from across the region who share a passion for Rugby and are there to network and have some fun
  • Two or three 10 minute Question & Answer sessions with great keynote speakers 

    If you have been invited you may pass the invitation on to your own guests, provided they meet the criteria for the RBN, which as you know is "business people with a passion for rugby" (Read more).



More detail on each of our speakers:

Thinus Delport - Ex Gloucester, Worcester Wing, Fullback with 18 Caps for South Africa now
Business Manager at Adjacency Recruitment, Athlete Mentor at YST and regular Guest Pundit on SkySports

Thinus DelportHe started his career playing for the Lions from U21 level and he made his senior debut in 1997. Playing in the Super 12 for the Lions formerly known as The Cats.

Thinus joined Gloucester in 2002, then Worcester in 2004, leaving in '08 to play 2 seasons in Japan for Kobelco Steelers. Returning in 2010, he also represented the Barbarians on several occasions.


Thinus Delport2Thinus made his international debut on the Springboks' 1997 European tour.and also played in the Tsunami Memorial game representing the southern hemisphere alongside some of the world’s greatest players.

As well as doing a bit of coaching at Stourbridge 10/11- 11/12 and Old Pats 12/13 he also became a television rugby presenter and is regularly seen on Sky Sports.

Thinus also captains the Rugby For Heroes playing squad on behalf of the Gloucestershire Based Rugby Charity.

He is very well placed to talk about how a professional rugby player can transition into business post their athletic career - so we're very pleased to have him be our keynote in May.

Thinus at our recent Bristol RBN Event last month 


Nigel Gillingham RWC2015 Legacy Committee Chairman

Nigel GillinghamNigel will be able to update the audience on what's happening around the Rugby World Cup in Gloucestershire in 2015 - how businesses can get involved and also make the most of this "once in a lifetime" opportunity.

A former player with Leicester Tigers in the 1970s and 1980s, he is now one of Gloucestershire’s RFU’s representatives on the RFU Council.  He is also a member of the RFU’s Community Game Board with strategic oversight of the development of coaches, referees and medical support in the community game.

Furthermore, he sits on the South West RWC2015 Legacy Board on behalf of Gloucestershire.


Tim Heal Chair of the Gloucester Wooden Spoon

Tim HealInspired by their rugby heritage, their values of passion, integrity, teamwork, and fun Wooden Spoon (The Children's charity of rugby) have so far helped over 1 million young people and children in need.

They are honoured to have HRH The Princess Royal as their Patron, and in 2011 Wooden Spoon became the first charity to receive the International Rugby Board's Spirit of Rugby Award.

With the generous team spirit of the rugby community and the help of its top sporting heroes, their projects truly make a difference.

The Gloucestershire Region was formed approximately 10 years ago. Initially the main fundraising event was an Annual Golf Day but now the committee have added a wide variety of events including an Annual Book Launch Dinner, Polo, St Georges Day Dinner Tim Heal & Princess Anneand, through the strong links with Gloucester Rugby, an annual Meet the Players evening at Kingsholm Stadium.

This year the committee initiated a new event, a Membership evening at Gloucester Rugby Cub, which included a question and answer session with current Gloucester players.

The region is organised by an active committee of 12, each offering a mix of skills, with Tim Heal taking on the role of Regional Chairman. 



The Rugby Business Network is for business people with a passion for rugby and is primarily a networking event where attendees on the night help each other in life and in business. The members have a go-giver approach rather than a go-getter attitude. The RBN has over 17,000 members and has events in 45 cities around the world.

The events are free and the RBN is not for profit and this is purely down to the efforts of our volunteer organising committees, our hosts and of course our sponsors' funding. We are sponsored by HSBC and Marriott who pay for staff to help the organisers around the world.



Event Partners

HSBC            WSI-eMarketing.com 




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is limited parking on-site but plenty of parking close by with a public car park only 180 yards away.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If you cannot make it then please either notify us so we can release your ticket to someone on the waiting list (there are only 75 tickets available), or if you are sending someone in your place, let us know so we can amend the pre-printed name badges prepared for the event that help networking.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes login and update it any time up until 24 hours before the event.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but if you want to as confirmation please do.  We'll have name badges ready for you on the evening.


The Rugby Business Network is a "not for profit" organisation who's aim is to support the networking of people in business, who also have a passion for rugby and also assist rugby players to meet and network with business people who may be able to support their career beyond their athletic career.  * Please note that The Cheltenham & Gloucester RBN is not connected with Gloucester Rugby in any way.

 HSBC & Marriott Wordlwide Sponsors

Do you have questions about Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network? Contact Rob Thomas

When & Where

HSBC Commercial Offices
109 Bath Rd
GL53 7RA
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GST)

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Rob Thomas

Hosted by WSI-eMarketing

The team at WSI have taken on the responsibily for organising the RBN events in Gloucester/Cheltenham & Bristol, with help and input from Kim Chang

Rob Thomas WSIRob Thomas
 - MD @ WSI-eMarketing

Rob is passionate about Rugby & Business and runs a Digital Marketing agency in Gloucestershire. 

Rob is also MD of Mix Conferences and a Certified Social Selling Coach.

Nadine ThomasNadine Thomas - Director @ WSI-eMarketing

Nadine is also passionate about rugby and is heavily involved with Dursley Rugby Club, coaching and refereeing at grass roots mini and youth level.


Kim ChangKim Chang Senior Business Development Manager at University of the West of England

Extensive sport management, public, private and third sector business development and partnership building experience in Australia and the UK.

Comprehensive experience in multi-sport international events having held managerial positions at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2000 Paralympic Games, 2001 Goodwill Games.

Specialist knowledge in community and high performance sport having worked for the Australian Rugby, New South Wales and Queensland Rugby Unions, 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2001 British & Irish Lions Tour.

If you would like to host or sponsor any of the events please contact WSI on 01454 261111

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