Inspiring and supporting young people seriously injured through sport

Meet the Team


Matt or Hambo as he is affectionately known is the Founder of the charity and the driving force behind everything the Foundation does. Hambo inspires and supports all of our beneficiaries sharing his experiences and knowledge gained since his accident in 2005. If anyone epitomises the Foundation's ethos of 'Get Busy Living' it is Matt Hampson.


To contact Tommy -  Tel: 01664 454155

After leaving school Tommy worked in Knightsbridge, London as a personal trainer, he studied business at Bournemouth and later undertook a degree in physiotherapy.  After leaving University, Tommy worked with Leicester Tigers as a Community Physio before joining Matt to assist in the running of his burgeoning business and charity interests.  Tommy has been working for the Foundation since its inception as a Trust in 2006 and after a period of working as the Foundation Managing Director, he was promoted to CEO with responsibility for the day to day management of the Foundation. Tommy lives in Northamptonshire and is married to Katie and has a daughter Lucie and a son Joe.


To contact Tony -   Tel: 01664 454155

Tony has worked in printing for over 25 years. During his career with the Print People Group, he gained major experience in all aspects of printing and design. Tony met Matt whilst working on his web-site and designing other items such as the annual calendar.  After taking redundancy and setting up his own design business, he found that the Foundation was taking up the majority of his time; it was at this point that Matt invited Tony to work full time with him. Tony admits that it's been the most fun, rewarding and varied job he's ever had, which he says 'doesn't make it a job'. He is married to Sarah and has two boys.


To contact Louis -  Tel: 01664 454155

Louis is a former Leicester Tigers and England International rugby player. He joined Tigers in 1997 and retired in February 2015 after a very successful playing career over 18 years. Louis joined the Foundation as a Consultant concentrating on the areas of Player management, raising sponsorship, building relationships and creating new opportunities for the Foundation. He also recently coached the England U20's team at their World Cup in Georgia and this 17/18 season is working with the Coventry Rugby team.


To contact Darrel -  Tel: 01664 454155

Darrel and Matt met when they were both patients in Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2005, quickly forming a strong bond that has lasted ever since. A successful entrepreneur with a background in retail and catering Darrel has been involved since the early days when the Matt Hampson Trust was originally formed. Appointed as the Get Busy Living Centre Manager in early 2018 Darrel’s is usually the first face and always the first voice you hear when you arrive. You are always guaranteed the warmest of welcomes when Darrel is on site!


To contact Jane -  Tel:  01664 454155

Jane first got involved with the Foundation through her involvement with the Walk4Matt fundraising event. Jane and husband Glen sit on the walk committee and are instrumental in the successful running of the event each year.  Jane, previously a Primary School Teacher for nearly 20 years, decided to take the big step and work for Matt’s foundation in 2010 and she now successfully administers the day to day work of the charity and associated events. At weekends, Jane and Glen can be found exploring the canals of Britain on their narrow-boat.


To contact Josie -  Tel:  01664 454155

The Matt Hampson Foundation is delighted to announce that Josie Ledbetter recently joined the team as Lead Physio. Providing the highest quality physiotherapy treatment for beneficiaries has always been a high priority for Matt and was always going to be a huge part of the offer provided by the Get Busy Living Centre. Josie is hugely respected within her field and qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of East London in 2004. Specialising in neurological rehabilitation Josie has worked both in the NHS and the private sector.


To contact Sutty -  Tel:  01664 454155

James or 'Sutty' as he is affectionally known is the Foundation personal trainer and disability coach. Sutty woke up from a normal weekend of rugby and found his speech was distorted and slurred and over time this was directed to towards his hands too. Numerous tests over many years he was eventually diagnosed with Dystonia. Sutty was a fully qualified plumber at the time but with his disability he had to refocus and create a new path for himself and so he became a personal trainer. His enthusiasm and zest for life is infectious, not only for the beneficiaries but for the staff too.


To contact Heather -  Tel:  01664 454155

Heather joined Team Hambo in November 2018 following a very short lived retirement! The tantalising prospect of becoming Tommy Cawston’s Personal Assistant was too good an offer to resist. Keeping him in check and making sure he is always where he is supposed to be is a tough job but Heather was a wealth of experience having previously been a PA in industry for many years.

Heather is a qualified horse riding instructor. Working part time at the Foundation allows Heather to enjoy a job she loves whilst affording her the time to spend with  family and her much loved horses.


To contact Paige -  Tel:  01664 454155

Paige has THE longest job title at the Foundation and is pivotal in ensuring that we provide effective support to both our fabulous army of fundraisers and the Foundations 100+ beneficiaries. As a beneficiary herself Paige is the perfect person to keep us on track. Talking of tracks, away from work Paige is an international standard athlete who made her Great Britain debut in the 400m at the Olympic Stadium in 2015.

Paige says that she never knew what the perfect job for her was until she started working here. We could not be happier to have her on board and we can’t wait to see her achieve her athletic potential. 


To contact George -  Tel: 01664 454155

I work as Sports Therapist in Semi Professional Rugby alongside my role at the Matt Hampson Foundation. I specialise in Muscle and joint injuries, and design and guide beneficiaries through rehabilitation programmes for any injuries of this kind that may occur. I also assist the lead physiotherapist in the rehabilitation programmes for the beneficiaries.