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The Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network

Rob Thomas

Thursday, 20 February 2014 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GST)

The Cheltenham & Gloucester Rugby Business Network

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Join us for this 3rd networking event in Gloucester & Cheltenham at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Dealership premises in Cheltenham

Numbers are limited to 100 so book early to avoid disappointment (the last RBN Event in the South West at Mercedes-Benz Bristol was a sell-out!)

Watch the video from the launch event in Gloucester & Cheltenham in July last year - in the final week of the Lions Tour! If you're undecided whether to come along and then read on!!


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
  • Sytner (Mercedes-Benz) are not only kindly providing the venue (which has a large networking area) but are also providing drinks and nibbles too (Thanks to Steve Lyons,Hendrix Green and the team at Sytner for being great supporters of the RBN in Cheltenham & Gloucester).
  • Two 10 minute Question & Answer sessions with 3 keynote speakers from the world of professional rugby and a releated charity. We have Stephen Vaugham CEO Gloucester Rugby, Tom Savage current Gloucester Captain and Simon Bailey from Gloucestershire based Charity Rugby for Heroes.

    Those who attended the event at Mercedes-Benz last year know what a great venue it is and we look forward to seeing you there.  If you have been invited and have the password, you may pass that onto 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 or our speaker:

Typically at these events we'll aim to have some interesting speakers from the world of Rugby and for this event we've got three great speakers!!


Stephen Vaughan  - CEO at Gloucester Rugby

Stephen VaughanStephen joined Gloucester Rugby as CEO in December 2012 where he has overall responsibility for the management of the club both Strategically and from a performance perspective. 

Prior to this, following the announcement in October 2009 of Thomas Cook being an Official Supporter to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012, Stephen moved into the newly created role of Managing Director, Thomas Cook London 2012, in February 2010 where he led Thomas Cook's involvement with the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. He had overall responsibility for delivery of Commercial and Brand proposition for Thomas Cook's London 2012 business.

Before joining Thomas Cook, Stephen played football for Walsall F.C. then joined the Travel industry by working as an overseas representative and Regional Manager, and then further developed his travel expertise through UK based roles in Tour Operating, Retail and Specialist Businesses. Notably, he was previously Managing Director of Club 18-30 and the Big events Group. He subsequently held the role of Head of Sales and Commercial for the Thomas Cook Dynamic Packaging businesses and was heavily involved in the creation and rollout of the brand to the market place.

In April 2009, Stephen was voted ' Young Business Man of the Year' by travel's Hall of Fame committee.

Stephen gained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Loughborough University in 2007. He enjoys most sports including football, rugby and golf


Tom Savage - 2013/14 Captain of Gloucester Rugby

Tom Savage
is well known to followers of rugby in the Gloucester area having skippered Hartpury RFC to the National Three South West title in

He achieved this whilst training with the Gloucester first team throughout the season and also made frequent appearances in the Aviva Premiership Rugby A League.

2011-12 saw him feature regularly at first team level as he handled the leap to the highest level of English club rugby with aplomb making 18 appearances in total.

Tom has impressed even more in 2012-13, cementing a place in the starting XV, whether in the second row or at blindside flanker.

He signed a new contract prior to Christmas and also captained the side for the first time against Worcester.

Tom was later named captain of Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2013-14 season.



Wing Commander Retired Paul Sayer - representing Gloucestershire based Charity - Rugby for Heroes

Paul SayerDuring a 29 year career as both an Aircraft Engineering Technician and a Training Development Officer Paul Sayer served in a range of appointments from Jaguar maintenance at RAF Abingdon through tours on both the Tornado GR1 and F3 Operational Conversion Units to Command of Training Development Wing at RAF Cosford.

Operational deployments to Basrah and Baghdad sat either side of his time as Chief of Staff in the Air Transport and Air-to-Air Refuelling Force HQ at RAF Brize Norton. Paul left the Royal Air Force in late 2012, from the Joint Services Command & Staff College, joining RAFCTE in Feb 2013 as Deputy Director Ground Operations.

Rugby for Heroes




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

There is some parking on the site itself or overflow parking on the road to the right of the main entrance.


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 100 tickets available).  Or if you are sending someone in your place, again let us know as we will have pre-printed name badges prepared for the event, to help networking.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes login and update them 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 Bristol RBN is not connected with Gloucester Rugby in any way.


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

When & Where

Mercedes-Benz of Cheltenham & Gloucester
Ashville Business Park
Cheltenham Road East, Staverton
GL2 9QJ Cheltenham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 20 February 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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