Mr Vivek Rawal- Chairman/Trustee
Vivek is a passionate polo player and Patron of Tashan Polo. His operation is based in the UK but he has played extensive international polo including St. Moritz Snow Polo World Cup, 18 goal polo in Argentina and competitive polo in South Africa and India. He is also a Director and Board Member at Guards Polo Club in the UK. Vivek is a multi-lingual entrepreneur who has created and developed a number of impressive start-ups within the education, real estate, medical supplies, cement and sports technology fields. He is an active philanthropist who is involved in numerous charitable programmes across three continents. Vivek was born in Kenya before moving to the UK to study Law at the University of Cambridge. He lives in Virginia Water with his wife and two sons.
Dr Katy Hayward – CEO and Founder/Trustee
Katy developed a passion for polo whilst studying medicine at Nottingham University through SUPA. She then qualified and trained as surgeon before changing careers and joining the pharmaceutical industry collecting a diploma in law on the way. Currently Katy is the global medical lead for a major HIV pharmaceutical company, where she met Fergal through a programme set up to manage philanthropic grants for community based programmes in the developing world. Through her global remit she has been able to meet people from various social and health backgrounds and understand more about their needs and how the power of polo may be able to help them make changes in their lives. Learning to play polo gave her so much personal benefit that she felt that there was much this sport could do for young people and adults with a range of conditions. Katy feels that this charity can help to highlight the great work already happening within the polo community and facilitate clubs nationally to create charitable programmes of their own and help to change peoples lives.
Mr Roddy Matthews – Head Coach/Trustee
Roddy is a Veteran of the English High Goal Polo circuit. He started playing at the age of 12 and reached a 5 Goal handicap and represented England at Cartier in 1990, where he was victorious over a visiting French team. He is nationally recognized as a top horse trainer and has won best retrained race horse in a number of competitions. He is a leading coach based at Fifield Polo Club and enjoys his role as a teacher from beginner to experienced riders. He considers it a ‘privilege’ to work in this sport with horses and strongly believes in the benefit individuals can gain from both the equine experience and the sport of polo.
Mr Fergal Cawley – Treasurer/Trustee
Fergal is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in blue chip organisations for the last fifteen years. Having started as an auditor (focused on controls, governance and stewardship) with PwC and EY, he then moved into corporate finance before switching from financial services to industry. In his current role he works as a Finance Director with a global pharmaceutical company. In addition Fergal has also managed philanthropic grants to several community based organisations (mainly in Africa) and is involved in a number of sports based charitable organisations. Fergal has played polo and is extremely keen to help create opportunities for people/young people’s as he believes it can be a catalyst for positive change in peoples/young people’s lives.
Miss Posey Cotrell- Secretary/Trustee
Posey is the Manager of Guards Polo Club team Tashan Polo as well as a keen amateur player. She joined Tashan Polo in 2010 after spending a year playing in Argentina. Posey is an Associate at Ashbury and Bloom Ltd and has been with the company since 2011. Her passion for property allows her to combine her artistic and design interests with her financial training. Posey was born and mainly grew up in the UK, although she lived in Paris and Luxembourg from 1990 to 1994. Posey attended Woldingham School in Surrey before graduating with a 2.1 BA Hons in Financial and Business Economics from Newcastle University. She lives in Ascot with her fiancé.