Chris is an ex-player and Wasps Legend who joined the club in 1989 and played for the U18, U21, Vandals, and 1st XV until 1995. After departing Wasps, Chris spent three seasons at Blackheath playing semi-professional rugby alongside full-time employment at Cushman & Wakefield Property Consultants. During his 15 years at C&W, he led the London Retail Agency team and became the youngest Equity Partner of the European business before joining Apple in 2009.
Chris subsequently spent the next 12 years developing the EMEIA and the Asia Pacific Retail Real Estate teams, as well leading the Global Flagship Store Programme and ultimately heading Worldwide Design for the Apple Stores.
Chris contributed to the expansion of the Apple Stores into an additional 20 countries, adding a total of 400 stores, since advising on Apple’s first European store on Regent Street in November 2004.
Allyson is the most recent addition to the board of Trustees and brings with her more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector where she has held senior marketing positions with responsibility for strategy, global brand and communications.
Like James, Allyson has not had a playing career with Wasps, but has a great passion for Rugby and many other outdoor sports.
Nabs Suma joined wasps in 1990 playing until 1994 when he was recalled to Africa on family business. He returned in 1997 and ended his playing days with Wasps in 1999/2000. He is a Cocoa specialist who currently works with the commodity market through the InterContinental Exchange (ICE) as a specialist in cocoa. He has created and run several commodity based businesses both from origin, exporting cocoa to developing whole sale finished chocolate and drinking chocolate products for speciality (organic / fairtrade) chocolate brands. Nabs was a member of the Fairtrade Foundation Board between 2003 to 2009 and was re-appointed in 2011 to 2014. His is the representative for the Fairtrade movement at the European Commission’s DG Agriculture Advisory Committee since 2006 and is still the current representative.
Peter joined Wasps in 1992 and retired in 2003. He was part of the first batch of professional players when the game turned pro in 1995.
During his career he represented England at U18, 21’s, A, Sevens and the Barbarians teams.
He was the founder of the Past Players Network in 2005 whilst working as Commercial Director for London Wasps. In 2011, with the help of a number of other Wasps former players, the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation was created.
Peter is a main board Director at Alpha Solutions which is a Business Services Group in London
James is both the newest and the only trustee not to have played rugby for Wasps but brings a huge passion for rugby alongside many sports. He has over 20 years’ experience working in the services sector with a focus on hospitality, events and consumer experience. Formerly, James was the UK Managing Director of the Sports & Leisure division of Sodexo working with sporting venues & clubs and major events bodies alongside running Sodexo owned commercial operations. James is now a management consultant working with clients and boards across industries including sport, major events, higher education, media and corporate institutions. He specialises in advising and delivering strategical development, alongside change and improvement programs.
Sol played for Wasps 1st XV and RAF during the amateur era. This was followed by a number of team management and coaching positions until 2016. He also managed the group responsible for Wasps Stewarding that provided services, principally to Wembley Stadium and Arena, which resulted in a decade of large scale fund raising for the club. He is President of Wasps FC, sits on the Exec committee and has been on the board of the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation for 3 years. Sol advises outdoor public events in the use of drone operational services which includes the implementation of drone detection and lawful countermeasure options. He also provides Expert Witness services covering public event injuries for lawyers and courts to use in civil litigation cases and also speaks at public events on a range of related subject matters.
Mark has had a long association with Wasps FC dating back to 1984 when he first played for the club in its days at Sudbury. His involvement continues having joined the Board of the Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation a number of years ago.
Mark is an Exec Director at St James’s Place Wealth Management where he has responsibility for the largest businesses in the UK.