Meet The Team

Tim Adams MBE


Tim is a chartered accountant with a long and distinguished involvement in Rugby League. He was chairman of Sheffield Eagles when they won the Challenge Cup in 1998 and was a director of Super League (Europe) from 1998 to 2002.

He has been the chairman of the RFL Benevolent Fund since 2004 and has been involved with RL Cares since the charity’s inception in 2011.

Tim also has a passion for horse racing and is a trustee of the Northern Racing College and chairman of the Leger Legends, a race which has raised over £1m for good causes in the last nine years.

Chris Rostron

Head of RL Cares

Chris has been involved in Rugby League for 20 years, having previously worked as a development officer with Bradford Bulls, where he established the club’s charitable foundation in 2004.  He joined Leeds Rhinos in 2006 to work with the trustees of the newly-created Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Chris left Leeds in December 2010 to join the RFL as Head of Partnerships, a role that involved reviewing all charitable programmes in the sport.  The outcome of the review was the establishment of RL Cares in February 2013, since when Chris has been head of the charity.

Mobile: 07917 282322

Steve Ball

RFL Benevolent Fund General Manager

Steve has enjoyed a lifelong involvement in Rugby League, including roles as Chief Executive of Batley RLFC and Hull FC, chairman of Huns let Hawks and a director at both the RFL and Leeds Rhinos.

A former schoolteacher, Steve was appointed full-time General Manager of the RFL Benevolent Fund in 2009.

Emma Goldsmith

Health Programme Manager

Emma Goldsmith has worked in a range of programme management and business development roles across the healthcare industry. She has led multiple projects focused on improving the health and wellbeing of Rugby League communities, including Hull, Bradford, Wigan, St Helens and Salford.

Emma is using this experience to bring health programmes to the sport, including Offload and the ‘ManVan’ with a number of partners including the Big Lottery, Oddballs Foundation and Movember Foundation.

Tel: 07976 530406

Brigid Power

Heritage Programme Manager

Brigid is a museums specialist with extensive experience of delivering successful exhibitions across a range of museum activities. She has previously worked at the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds and the National Mining Museum Scotland.

Brigid has played a key role working with Bradford Council on plans to open a National RL Museum in the city in 2021.

Brigid is currently on maternity leave.

Sarah Elston

Cultural Partnerships Programme Manager

Sarah has worked in community dance development for over 12 years, having trained professionally with youth dance company Momentum Dance.

Between 2007 and 2013 she launched and ran a successful dance programme and stadium-based dance academy at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.  During the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Sarah managed a team of 32 dancers who performed throughout the tournament.

Sarah joined RL Cares in 2013 to head up the RLWC2013 Dance Legacy Programme and project managed Join the Momentum, a dance programme that linked Rugby League club foundations with professional dance companies.

Sarah is also Director of Pro Event Yorkshire, a company that helps dance artists find work within schools and the community sector, and is choreographer for the Rugby League Rockettes, who appear at all major Rugby Leagues events.


John Ledger

Media and Communications Manager

John joined the charity in 2015 after spending seven years heading up the RFL’s media and PR team. During his time at the RFL, John revived the Rugby League Hall of Fame and was involved in the project to deliver the Legends statue at Wembley Stadium.

He is a former journalist at the Yorkshire Post and Sunday Times and remains the only dedicated RL journalist to be crowned UK Sports Writer of the Year.

John was England’s media manager on the 2010 Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand and is the secretary of the Rugby League Lions Association.

Mobile: 07762 967325