Our Ambassadors are highly respected individuals who help us to raise awareness of our initiatives; supporting campaigns, visiting participants and encouraging activities...
Marlon Harewood Ambassador
Former professional footballer for the Hammers now turned businessman. Founder and Director of AC13 Premier Lifestyle. Marlon is passionate about supporting positive pathways for young people, particularly in football.
Tony Cottee Ambassador
Tony Cottee is a lifelong West Ham United fan who became a goalscoring legend during a playing career that spanned two spells with the Club. Born on 11 July, 1965 in West Ham, just around the corner from the Boleyn Ground, Tony grew up in Essex and was snapped up by his boyhood team as a prolific schoolboy striker. In May 1980 he stood on the terraces at Wembley cheering the Hammers on to their FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal and, just a year later, he was training alongside his heroes as a youth apprentice. On New Year’s Day 1983, aged just 17, he made a fairytale first team debut, scoring in a 3-0 win over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Over the next five years he established himself as one of English football’s most-feared goalscorers, netting 118 goals in 256 appearances for the club, during which time he helped lead West Ham to their best-ever top flight league finish, was named Hammer of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year, and made his full international debut for England. In the summer of 1988, he made a record £2.05million transfer to Everton, but in September 1994 returned to his spiritual home and scored another 28 goals in 80 appearances for the Hammers. In 1996 he joined Malaysian club Selangor for a short period, before ending his playing career back in England with spells at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Norwich City, Barnet and Millwall. Now a respected and successful TV and media pundit, Tony continues his links with the Hammers as a regular contributor to the Club’s official content channels and as an Ambassador for the West Ham United Foundation.
Barrington Atkins Ambassador
Atkins is a Sports Litigation Solicitor at Stewarts in London. He specialises in sports disputes involving career-ending injury for Professional Footballers. Barrington has an interest in social mobility and giving students opportunities in the business arena they wouldn’t ordinarily receive.
Mark Hunter Ambassador
Lifelong West Ham fan retired from being a full-time athlete after adding a Silver medal from the London 2012 Olympics to his 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold medal. He now works in the City of London for a multinational professional services firm. Mark understands the power of sport and is keen to support opportunities for others to achieve their goals.
Leroy Rosenior Ambassador
Former footballer and manager Rosenior is vice-president of Show Racism The Red Card, and has been appointed MBE for his services to tackling discrimination in sport. Leroy has joined forces with the Foundation to promote equality and diversity across the community.
Cllr Darren Rodwell Ambassador
Darren became the Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council in 2014. Since then, he has established the borough London’s growth opportunity and both he and the Council have won numerous awards, including LGC Council of the Year for 2018 and LGIU Leader of the Year for 2019. Darren is also a member of the Homes for Londoners Board, the Skills for Londoners Board, Arts Council England, the Arts Council for London and the Create London Board. Darren is a life-long Hammers fan, and is always keen to highlight the important work the club does in Barking and Dagenham particularly working with the borough’s young people and to tackle racism and discrimination.
Zakir Khan Ambassador
Zakir is the Associate Director for Community Affairs at Canary Wharf Group. Responsible for the companies external relations and CSR projects. Has strong connections with local community, sports and political organisations in East London. Founder and current Chairman for Sporting Foundation, a grass roots community sports delivery organisation that has been running for 23 years and has around two thousand regular users every week. Has been recognised by various institutions and bodies for his longstanding contribution to community development, the most recent was being awarded “Freeman of the City of London Corporation by the Lord Mayor in 2018. His lifelong ambition is to see players of Asian origins breaking through into professional sports, particularly in football at all levels.
Bobby Seagull Ambassador
Bobby’s childhood fascination with football sticker stats showed him the power of maths. As a lifelong East Ham resident, he loves West Ham. He won Celebrity Mastermind on “England at World Cups” and even beat Gareth Southgate in an FA organised quiz! He is proud of having played against football royalty (Jermaine Defoe at primary school) and actual royalty (Prince Harry when Bobby was an Eton sixth form scholar). Professionally, he is a school maths teacher and Cambridge University Doctorate student. Before moving into education, he was an investment banking trader at Lehman Brothers & Nomura, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from PwC. He is an ambassador for UK Libraries, National Numeracy and a Financial Times columnist. He is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers and co-presenter of the podcast Maths Appeal. With his University Challenge friend, co-presents the BBC TV series Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Guide.