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Steve Gorvett - CEO

Steve is a former Bristol Rugby player who took over as CEO in August 2008 having spent three years as the club's Director of Finance.

Steve reports to the Finance and Commercial Group and also sits on the Rugby Advisory Group.

John Portch - Deputy Chief-Executive

John Portch joined Bristol Rugby at Chief-Executive in 2003, following the Club’s relegation from the top-flight.

A keen supporter since 1950, Portch helped to steer Bristol Rugby back into the Premiership and was appointed Deputy Chief-Executive when Chris Booy became Chairman.

Lesley Duvenage - HR Manager

Lesley joined Bristol Rugby in Summer 2010. Previously, she worked for Old Down Country Park managing accounts and payroll.

Lesley oversees all HR responsibilities and payroll for the Club as well as delivering accounts for the Community Foundation.


Alec Bellamy - Financial Controller

Alec joined Bristol Rugby as Financial Controller in June 2007.

He supports the Finance Director and is responsible for the day to day financial running of the Club.

Suzanne Roper - Commercial Manager

Suzanne joined Bristol Rugby at the start of the 2008-9 season. She is responsible for the Club's commercial operations, including sales, advertising and hospitality.

She boasts an impressive CV of many years experience in the Health and Fitness industry, working for companies such as David Lloyd, Esporta and Bannatyne Fitness.

Steve Gray - Ticketing and Retail Manager

Steve has been with Bristol Rugby since summer 2005 and is responsible for all the club's ticketing and retail activity.

Louise Sharp - Ticketing Assistant

Louise joined Bristol Rugby in September 2009, working in the Club Shop in The Arcade (closed) and at the Memorial Stadium on match days.

She joined the Operational Staff at the Club’s offices in pre-season 2010/11, assisting Ticketing Manager Steve Gray with sales and processing.

Tom Tainton - Media Officer

Tom joined Bristol Rugby during the 2010-11 season. He is responsible for the club’s communications strategy.

Before joining Bristol, Tom completed an undergraduate degree in Journalism at Southampton Solent University and worked for Infostrada Sports in Sydney.

Ben Breeze - Community Foundation CEO

Ben is a former professional rugby player of fifteen years with Bristol Rugby, Newport Gwent Dragons and Exeter Chiefs who represented England and Wales and A and Sevens level.

Reformed as a charitable foundation in September 2010, the Community Foundation have won seven Parliamentary Awards.

Mark Hoskins - Club Historian

Mark Hoskins watched his first Bristol game in 1969. Since then he has seen over 1500 first team matches and is yet to be cured of the habit.

Mark has co-written four publications about the club and is currently writing a definitive history to coincide with Bristol’s 125th Anniversary.

Mark commentates at home games for Hospital Radio and is also a Radio Bristol summariser.

Sarah Gorvett - Commercial Assistant

Sarah Gorvett joined Bristol Rugby Club at the beginning of the 2012/13 campaign.

Having studied at Bath University, Sarah works alongside Suzanne Roper in the commercial department.

She is responsible for Full Backs Restaurant hospitality, as well as organising Bristol in Business events.

Richard Pitt - Matchday Announcer

Richard's association with Bristol Rugby has lasted over thirty years.

He stood as a supporter on the West Enclosure, before fulfilling a childhood dream as a radio journalist and now as stadium announcer, a role he has held since 2002.

Known within the club as Slick, he's responsible for hosting the matchday experience and keeping the crowd enthusiastic and informed.


John White - Club Photographer

John White has been the official Club Photographer since the beginning of the 2011/12 season.

John has been involved in the Combination for over thirty years and was the recipient of the Combination Centenary Award, presented for services to youth rugby in Bristol.

To view John's work, visit

John Dakin - Club Cameraman

John has been the Club Cameraman for the last seven seasons.  

john's camera is connected via radio microphones to the Referee during the games and the live video feed is fed to computers, from which the Club’s Analyst provides the coaches and players with detailed information.

John has his own production company - Augenblick Productions.

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