Smith runs his own communications agency working in the corporate sector creating live events for product launches, knowledge forums, conferences and awards ceremonies, as well as brand identities.
Smith’s commercial sporting credentials include producing several events for P&G, one of the 2012 Olympic sponsors, launching “Raising an Olympian“ through to the “Proud Sponsor of Mums” campaigns and a kitting-out event for the Paralympians. He was heavily involved in securing Gillette’s sports ambassadors, Beckham, Robinson, Sculthorpe, O’Driscoll, Henry and Federer.
In the rugby arena, Smith’s work includes the inaugural RUFC Hall of Fame event, designing and installing the Rugby League Heritage Museum, the RL Golden Boot Awards, St Helens new brand and most recently out of the rugby arena, UK Athletics Golden Olympian awards at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Five years as St Helens CEO, saw Tony steer Saints through back-to-back Challenge Cup finals, four Super League Shields and six successive Grand Finals, as well as collecting the BBC Sports Team of the Year in 2006.
Colquitt’s commercial background is equally impressive, over 25 years in blue chip FMCG companies in senior and director roles, most notably at Gillette where he was instrumental in their highly successful sports marketing and brand ambassador programmes.
Tony who originates from St Helens but has lived in Oxford for over 25 years, in his own words says, “I’m a fan of rugby league, it’s the greatest game ever!” The club are delighted to have him on board to steer rugby league’s historical inception into the city of Oxford and the surrounding area.
Mark has held roles at the heart of the public affairs industry as well as advocacy communications for the sports and technology sectors.
In rugby league, Mark is Secretariat to the UK Parliament’s Rugby League Group (www.apprlg.org.uk), a group of over 70 Lords and MPs who raise and challenge issues in our game. He is Secretary to the Political Animals RLFC, a club of politicians who take to the field (www.politicalanimals.org.uk). He is also the organiser for the Rugby League Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge and he has been advisory to the RFL regarding the RLWC13 and the RLEF on how to engage with Parliament and Government. He has also provided advice to South Africa Rugby League and the London Broncos RLFC.
Mark is a Freeman of the Public Relations Guild, a Member of the PRCA and the PCG. He sits on the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Alumni Council of the Cambridge Judge Business School where he is chairman of the benefits committee.