Executive Director of Digital, Marketing & Communications, Sport England

Ali Donnelly joined Sport England in 2019 from her role at Downing Street where she was the Prime Minister's Deputy Official Spokesperson and the Head of News. She also worked at HM Treasury as the Head of News and Head of Strategic Communications.

She's previously worked in sport as Head of Communications at Premiership Rugby club Wasps and has also worked in media and public affairs roles at the BBC and BBC Worldwide.

Ali started her career as a journalist at the Evening Echo newspaper in Ireland. She is a passionate women's rugby fan and campaigner, and runs the award-winning website Scrumqueens.com. She is also Director of Women's Rugby at her club Teddington and is a member of the RFU’s Rugby Growth Committee.

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