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Ambassadors

Ben Kay

Ben Kay became Ricoh rugby ambassador in 2015.

Ben is a lead analyst and commentator on BT Sports coverage of the Aviva Premiership and is part of ITV Sport’s Rugby World Cup team.

One of the most decorated rugby players in the northern hemisphere gaining 2 Caps for the British & Irish Lions and 62 England Caps. Ben was an integral part of England’s victorious Rugby World Cup winning team in 2003. Playing every minute of all of England’s campaign except when Sir Clive Woodward rested the majority of his front line against Uruguay. Four years later, Ben was the only player at the World Cup to play every possible minute of the competition as part of England’s remarkable resurgence in defying the odds to make it to another final. During his England career he was also Chairman of the Team England Executive.

Ben also played 288 times through the Golden era for England’s most successful club, Leicester Tigers which saw him play in an incredible 4 European Cup finals winning the tournament back to back in 2001 & 2002. Ben’s 11 year career at the club saw him win 6 Premiership titles and play in 3 other finals as a runner up.

Since retiring from playing Ben has become a highly respected voice of authority on the game firstly with ESPN and now with BT as a co-commentator and analyst, writing in the Times as well as regular contributions to RTÉ Television (Ireland), Al Jazeera, BBC Radio 5Live and Talksport. Ben is also a Director of an award winning advertising agency and regularly works with Blue Chip companies such as Adidas, RBS, Credit Suisse and Kier Group across a wide spectrum of industries to improve their team skills.


Maro Itoje

Maro Itoje is a rugby player for Saracens and England and plays either as a lock or as flanker.

One of the most exciting young rugby players in world rugby, Itoje’s rise to prominence since 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular. Since making his debut for Saracens the young forward has gone on to win numerous pieces of silverware for his club. His trophy cabinet now boasts an LV= Cup, two Aviva Premiership titles and a European Cup. A proud Saracens man, the Londoner has also picked up personal accolades including the RPA and Premiership Young Player of the Year award, whilst he picked up the coveted European Player of the Year in the summer of 2016.

For England, 2016 was a breakthrough year for the Saracens forward, making his debut in the Grand Slam winning campaign under newly appointed England Head Coach Eddie Jones. That summer Maro was part of the England touring side that visited Australia and came home with a 3-0 series victory.

The future is where Maro’s focus remains with a potential Lions Tour and in 2019 the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Meanwhile, his club Saracens, will continue to compete for honours both domestically and on the European stage.

Off the pitch, Maro will graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of London, with a degree in African Politics and will continue to support his chosen charities.

Maro became a Ricoh imagine. change. ambassador in 2016.


Charley Hull

Charley Hull has been a Ricohimagine. change. ambassador since 2014.

Charley took up golf at the age of five, before coming to the public’s attention aged nine, when she won the UK National Ladies Championship at Turnberry. Aged 10 she played alongside Morgan Pressel in the British Open Pro-Am. Charley then won several amateur events in the United States and Great Britain and reached a high of world number three in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Charley made her professional debut in March 2013 and with 10 top-10 finishes in her debut season on the Ladies European Tour (LET), Charley won the Rolex Rookie of the Year title. Previously a member of the victorious 2012 GB&I Curtis Cup Team, in August 2013, she was selected by European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann to compete in the 2013 Solheim Cup, making her the youngest person ever to play in the tournament at just 17 years of age. Charley won an impressive two out of three points including an emphatic victory in her singles match over former World number two, Paula Creamer. She had her first professional win at the Lalla Meryem Cup, Morocco and became the youngest ever winner of the Ladies European Order of Merit in 2014. She also earned her provisional LPGA card through q-school at the end of the year. Early in 2015 Charley secured her LPGA card. Her impressive results in addition to her previous year’s success earned her entry into all 5 of the Majors for the first time. Charley was automatically selected for the 2015 Solheim Cup team. She played in all 5 matches and won 4 points, the highest of any European team member.

Charley had a great start to her 2016 season with a second place finish at the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration. She has qualified to represent England in the UL International Crown, a team match play competition featuring the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe. In addition, Charley represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games in Rio where golf was included again after an absence of over 100 years.