Meet our team

Ben Burch
MEng, Oxon
Allegr is named after Ben's daughter who needed open heart surgery at 4 days old. To raise money for research that saved her life, Ben ran 100km. Ben continues to run community engagement and fundraising events all across the UK. Ben is a former national team rower and President of the Oxford University Boat Club.

Ben is Allegr's tech development lead and his career spans operations and technology across retail, e-commerce, banking and fitness.
Rachel Mitchell
MSc Sports Management, BA Psych
Rach is a mother of 3. She experienced first hand the huge challenges and shock of being a new mum and believes there is an incredible opportunity for Allegr to support this community.

For over 25 years and 3 maternity leaves, Rach has worked with an incredible team in sport marketing, staging and promoting some of the most prolific golf events across the globe. With a passion for running and sport, Rach believes in the power of physical activity to transform lives and communities.
Robin Bourne-Taylor
MEng Oxon, MEd, CGC, OLY
Robin served in the British Army, leading soldiers through a kinetic tour of Afghanistan. He is passionate about supporting the serving and veterans' communities.

Robin is a double Olympian and former President of the Oxford University Boat Club.Robin has a career in executive and operational leadership across several industries and was named a 2018 Eisenhower Fellow and global change agent as part of his role leading one of West Africa's most prominent youth development organisations.
Our Story
Ben and Robin rowed and won together in the University Boat Race for Oxford and then rowed in the British National Team. Rach met Ben in very different circumstances - at the school gate, waiting for the kids to finish class. Ben’s youngest daughter, Allegra, had only recently undergone open heart surgery at just 4 days old. Compelled by this to step up and make a difference, he’d decided to run 100km to support the research that saved her life. Rach, empathised closely with Ben’s experience and respecting his quiet determination, was in. And what was sparked from Ben’s initial idea of a single group run, was evolved with Rach’s passion and flare for connecting people, into a series of 12 hour runs in 12 different cities all across the UK, supporting Samaritans and mental health support.

After his time in the Army, Robin spent 8 years living and working in Ghana, with his last 18 months isolated because of border closures due to Covid restrictions. On returning to the UK for good, Robin’s first social interaction after quarantine was to join one of Ben and Rach’s community runs. And a sweaty 100km later, realising the strength they brought out in each other, they committed to taking the first step with Allegr, better together.
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