Our Team


David Parlby

I first played fives at the age of 13 and it was my main sport from then on until aged 52 when my knees could no longer cope. The game gave me huge pleasure over the years.  Being involved in the work of the RFA means I have the chance to put as much back into the game as I got out of it.   

Fives is one of the last bastions of true Corinthian sporting principles with games played in the best possible spirit.  In these days of money driven professional sport, this feature is both rare and precious – long may it last and spread well beyond our current cohort of fives players.

Deputy President

Julie McIntyre

Julie is the General Secretary of the City of Durham Fives Club and a level 2 coach.

Starting with Winchester and Eton Fives in the 1990s, she’s been playing Rugby Fives in Durham since 2017.

She also sings, works in IT, and has a husband and two children, most of whom play with the club.

General Secretary

Chris Blakeley

It’s over 50 years since I took up Fives, and I still love playing it. I want to help ensure that the facilities and networks needed to play are still available in another 50 years’ time


James Tilston

I am delighted to have taken on the role of Treasurer for the RFA and will be working hard to make the most of our charity status and membership base to ensure sustainable financing going forwards.

Club Manager

Hamish Buchanan

Who am I? Club manager.

Modesty forbids the rest.

Technical Consultant

Stuart Kirby

I have played Fives since I was as school and university and like the variety of people and camaraderie.  As a Chartered Engineer, I tend towards the technical aspects of helping Fives which includes building, repairs and health and safety, as well as finance.

Safeguarding Officer

Alex Smith

I have been on the board since 2004 and have organised the Owers Trophy and both began and still organise the National School Girls Tournament.  Now a teacher, Head of Classics in Stamford where I also coach fives on the squash courts, and play at nearby Oundle where possible, as well as on the Jesters’ Tour to Edinburgh, and anywhere else I get the chance!


Louise Mathias

I am very pleased to have a role on the board as an advocate for the ladies’ game. I hope to encourage and support as many ladies as possible to play fives and join the fantastic community it offers.

Dan Tristao

Dan started playing Fives at St Paul’s School and never looked back. After winning championships at school, university and Under 25s levels, he has gone on to win more than 50 open titles.

Charlie Brooks

Charlie established himself as a doubles specialist at Cambridge University, winning the British Universities title four years in a row. This continued into adult Fives, and he won the first of four National Doubles titles in 2013.

David Butler

Dave is now an RFA board member and co-host of The Fives Pod, but he is perhaps best known for organising the the annual Jesters Fives Tour of Edinburgh.

Matt Shaw

Matt took up Fives at school in 2008, and developed his game at university, making a name for himself as a doubles specialist at BUSF and U25s. However, many say his greatest moment was launching The Fives Pod in 2020.