About Us

THE CITY RUGBY FOUNDATION WAS FORMED IN 2016 TO Rause funds for charities through rugby related activities and events in the city and beyond ...

The City Rugby Foundation provides companies with a discreet but powerful vehicle to enjoy events, experiences, staff engagement and at the same time contributing to a variety of good causes. The City Rugby Foundation can act as an event facilitator for its own productions or for its support partners.

These productions include:

  • Fundraising
  • CSR Solutions
  • Events
  • Experiences
  • Hospitality
  • Staff Engagement


Ian Burman: Chairman or The City Rugby Foundation

IAN BURMAN: Chairman

Ian has led the Private Client and Charities Teams at Laytons Solicitors since 1989 and is a recognised leader in both fields. He was made Managing Partner in January 2017.

A regular writer, lecturer and broadcaster, Ian was Chair of the London Central Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners from 2007 to 2011 and was a Committee member for 20 years. Ian sat on STEP's Mental Capacity Working Party and the Deceased Lloyd's Names Working Party, acting for one of the defendants in Stone v Chataway and others, a case which revolutionised how the estates of deceased Lloyd's Names were administered. Ian has contributed to numerous periodicals over the years and is a co-author of Tolley's Administration of Estates, the leading textbook in the field of estate administration.


  • Estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, particularly those not domiciled in the UK
  • Probate and succession, including contentious probate and trust issues
  • Charity law including trading and commercial activities and governance.
Tim Downing: Director and Trustee for The City Rugby Foudation

TIM DOWNING: Director / Trustee

Tim has over 30 years' experience in the UK and East Midlands Property and Business community. He is a Senior Partner with Pygott and Crone, a leading award winning Property Consultancy with over 15 offices across the UK and an office in London. Recently voted Best UK Estate Agency by the Sunday Times.

He is also involved with number of other businesses: Hemswell Court, Lincolnshire's premier AA 5-star Hotel and banqueting Facility (Home of the Dambusters Movie) Downing Developments Ltd, a Commercial and Residential property investment company. Fullgas Bikes, a new concept in bike stores. He was also recently appointed as Chairman of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire. As well as the City Rugby Foundation, he is as a trustee of LIVES Charity and the entrepreneur's charity - The Star Trust.

Tim is an ambassador for Klas International, working with wealth management, Commercial and Residential portfolio insurance and finance.

Kevin Yates: Director and Trustee for The City Rugby Foundation

KEVIN YATES: Director / Trustee

Kevin Yates professional career began at Bath. He was a member of the side that won the 1995/96 Zurich Premiership Yates made his England debut on the 1997 tour of Argentina. In 1998 he moved to play for the Super 12 side Wellington Hurricanes, making his debut against the Sharks in the opening round of the 2000 Super 12.

He also helped the Wellington Lions win the 2000 National Provincial Championship. He joined Sale Sharks in 2001, winning the 2002 Parker Pen Shield. Yates joined Saracens in 2004 and In 2007 he was called up for England's tour of South Africa. Kevin started against South Africa, a record period between caps. On this tour, he was capped twice; his first senior England caps for 10 years.

At the end of the 2007-08 season he moved to Nice, where he played until retirement. He entered he world of finance and worked in Monaco as a cash equity sales trader initially for Carex and then Churchill Capital. He returned to England in 2016 and is now a director at Northcott Global Solutions.

The City Rugby Foundation: About Us


By utilising its connections with the elite rugby world, specialist legal charitable administration and sound tax advice, the foundation aims to provide a vehicle for businesses and individuals to enjoy unique first class experiences, hospitality and events in a cost and tax effective way.


Gary Boxall: Director and Trustee for The City Rugby Foundation


After 11 good years of playing professional rugby for Sale Sharks and Saracens, England A and Barbarians. Dan retired in 2008 and threw himself into the highly competitive world of construction sales.

After reaching board level in less than four years he wanted to try other sectors. He set up a consultancy - Zonetwelve in January 2011, to provide consultancy and leadership to organisations to help improve their business development functions.

He also co-founded RUINN in 2008 to provide an instant network for recently retired professional rugby players and soon to be retired rugby players. It has been successful in opening doors and providing business and employment opportunities.

It has attracted support from like-minded business professionals who are keen to engage with ex professionals. It has 750 members and has raised over 50k for charity.

Dan Harris


Gary Boxall has spent twenty years in the financial services industry in the city. Who he doesn't know within the private client's arena is not worth knowing!

He has also specialised for over 10 years in the Legal, Accountancy and Sport arenas. He was Head of Financial Services for a FTSE company and has been Head of Business Development for Butterfield Private Bank as well as UBS Wealth Manager and a Business Development Director at Investec Wealth & Investment.

He has a wealth of experience and expertise in the benefits of the sport - business relationship and was the driving force and Chairman of RUINN. He has a passion for creating and developing relationships and his ability to connect people is well known amongst city professionals.