L – R Claire Green, Claire Frost, Maxine Edwards MBE
International sportswomen. Game changers.
Maxine Edwards MBE
Job: Head of IT Charles Darwin School
Course: BSc Hons Business Information Systems 1998
Maxine captained the England Women’s rugby union team, winning 45 caps. A veteran of three World Cups, in 2003 she led the team out on their historic first appearance at Twickenham, the home of English rugby, and in the same year captained the side to a Six Nations Grand Slam win.
She received an MBE in 2010 for services to Women’s Rugby.
A tough and uncompromising prop forward, Maxine played her club rugby with Saracens, Blackheath and Bromley. Throughout a career lasting 25 years, she juggled rugby with study at Greenwich, motherhood and her work as a business analyst and then as a teacher.
She is now Head of IT at Charles Darwin School in south-east London.
Job: Assistant Head Langdon Park School
Course: BEd Hons Secondary 1995
Claire was one of three Greenwich representatives in the England squad for the 1998 Rugby World Cup.
An all-action Number Eight, she won 42 caps for England. Unusually for a forward, she was also a prodigious place-kicker.
In 2003 she became the first woman to score a try at Twickenham.
Claire was an inspirational captain at Saracens from 1998-2002, leading the club to the Premiership title in 2000 and again in 2002. Her career there lasted 22 years.
Claire’s rugby journey began at Greenwich with the university team.
Like the others, Claire combined rugby with a fulltime career and is now Assistant Head at Langdon Park School, a secondary school in east London.
Job: Director Green Thompson
Course: BSc Hons Sports Science 1996
Claire first took up rugby while a student at Greenwich and played for the university team. This led to playing all three years in a row for
Progressing through the England ranks, she featured in the 1998 World Cup squad and went on to play for England until 2005.
A formidable operator in the second row engine room, Claire won 35 international caps and played for Saracens and Wasps at club level.
In tandem with her rugby commitments, Claire built a successful career in IT recruitment and co-founded Green Thompson Consulting. She is also an investor and consultant with Railsbank, a technology platform that connects fintech companies to a global network of banks.