World Class Speakers
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President & Chief Executive Officer
Mark took the reins at the Blue Jays in 2015 after a 14 year stint at the Cleveland Indians that started in 1991, in which time he was named Executive of the Year on two occasions. He joined the Indians as Director of Player Development and eventually made his way up to General Manager in 2001, and then Team President before leaving for the Rogers Centre. During his time in Cleveland, he was the architect behind building a pair of post-season teams with 90+ wins in 2005 and 2007. With Mark’s performance experience mixed with the requirements on the commercial side he has become one of the most highly rated leaders in the MLB. He is widely regarded as the man who built a small market team in Cleveland into a successful and competitive outfit, and during his first two years in Canada has improved the franchise off the field, and had an big influence on the culture, player development and team building on it.
David Brailsford has been involved in cycling throughout his career and has enjoyed a number of highlights. In 2008, in his role as Performance Director at British Cycling, he led the GB Cycling Team to an unprecedented 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympic Games. He replicated this feat in 2012, leading Team GB to another 8 gold medals at the London Olympics. In 2010 Dave joined British based professional team, Team Sky, with the aim of bringing Britain its first ever Tour De France winner. In 2012 Dave achieved this, with Bradley Wiggins winning the prestigious race. One year later, it was under Dave’s leadership again that Chris Froome won the Tour De France for Team Sky. Dave received his knighthood for services to cycling and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on 28February 2013.
Sean is entering his sixth season as manager of Burnley FC and in that time has achieved two promotions to the Premier League. Sean guided Burnley for the second time towards promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2016 and then consolidated the club’s top flight status last season by finishing 16th in the league. Sean Dyche has confirmed his reputation as one of the brightest young British managers in the game. Previously a coach and Assistant Manager at Watford, he became Manager at the club in 2011 before joining Burnley. Before turning to management, Sean forged a successful career as a player, representing Chesterfield, Bristol City, Luton, Millwall, Watford and Northampton Town. Sean also has experience at national team level, having been part of the backroom staff for the England Under-21 team that reached the final of the 2013 European Championships.
Jerry has been General Manager of MLB’s Seattle Mariners since 2015, previously holding the role at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2011-2015) and his first job as GM at the Arizona Diamondbacks (2010). He also worked in the front office at the Boston Red Sox where he was part of the World Series winning team in 2004, and before that had a seven year playing career between 1993-2000 at the Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. Jerry’s path to General Manager is not an uncommon one – from a scout, then working in player development before moving to a leadership position where he has a track record as a very successful general manager.
Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations
Gersson Rosas is completing his 15th season with the Houston Rockets and his fourth as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. In his current position, Rosas assists Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in all basketball operations of the franchise and continues to be responsible for the team’s player personnel matters, which includes leading the organization’s efforts in evaluating draft prospects, free agents and potential trade targets. In addition, he continues overseeing domestic and international scouting, while also assisting in the coordination of the team’s Player Development program. He played significant roles in the successful pursuits of James Harden and Chris Paul trade acquisitions along with the free agent recruitment of Dwight Howard. Also, played a key role in head coach and coaching staff hires at the NBA and at the NBA D League level.
Rosas served as the General Manager of the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2013, becoming the first Latin American GM in the history of the NBA, before returning to Houston in his current role.
In August of 2015, Rosas was named International Player Personnel Scout for USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team. In that position, he assisted Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Chairman Jerry Colangelo and their staff in their Olympic gold medal winning run, which included player personnel matters, analytics processes and advance scouting for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Emma Hayes was appointed manager of Chelsea Ladies in June 2012, replacing Matt Beard after his three years in charge, and succeeding in leading the team to Women’s FA Cup for the first time in 2015, quickly following it with the Women’s Super League title to complete a historic and memorable double. She was the only female manager in that league and the previous season her side had finished close runners-up, thereby qualifying for the Women’s Champions League for the first time.
Hayes’s career in management spans over a decade and she earned huge plaudits after leaving her native North London for successful spells in America.
Richard is the Headmaster of the world famous Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. Richard attended St John’s College Cambridge where he read Classics, before moving onto the University of Durham where he studied first for a PGCE and then for a PhD (in the writings of Arator, an obscure sixth-century Christian-Latin author). In 1986 Richard took up a post as Classics Teacher at St Leonards School, St Andrews, before returning to Durham in 1987 to teach at Durham School. In 2006 Richard was appointed Headmaster of The Oratory Preparatory School in Oxfordshire and in 2010 made the transition to The Yehudi Menuhin School to became Headmaster.
English dancer and teacher Samantha Raine is Ballet Mistress of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1997. She was appointed Ballet Mistress in 2012 and retired as a dancer later in the 2012/13 Season.
As Ballet Mistress Raine plays an important role in coaching the corps de ballet and other dancers, among other responsibilities. Her work as a choreographer includes a short ballet for White Lodge, A Little Princess for London Children’s Ballet and in The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works.
Director of High Performance
Darren is Currently the Director of High Performance at Arsenal Football Club. Prior to this appointment Darren was High Performance Manager at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club for just short of 5 years, and Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club for 2.5 years
From 2008 till 2010 Darren was employed as Head of Sports Science for Football Federation Australia as well as the Australian Soccer Team’s Fitness Coach. This included the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Darren has previously worked as Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football Club (2004-2007) and Assistant Fitness Coach with Sydney Swans in the AFL (1997-2000), as well as Head Fitness Coach with the Parramatta Power in the Australian National Soccer League (2002-2004).
Comedian & Podcaster
Stuart is a stand-up comedian, actor and street performer in which he most recently supported Jack Whitehall at Wembley Arena. Alongside his career as a stand-up comedian, Stuart has also become an incredibly successful podcaster. This year alone he has accumulated 7 million downloads on his ‘Comedian’s Comedian Podcast’ in which he has interviewed the likes of Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Matt Lucas and Katherine Ryan.
Director of Elite Performance
Andrew Russell is one of Australia’s most influential High Performance Directors, achieving an unparalleled record of success. His early years were spent striving to make it to the top of his field as an athlete – and in all the time since then, he has spent every minute helping others do the same. With different qualifications – Human Movement, Psychology & Business, Andrew is widely respected for his work, with results that speak for themselves – in 19 seasons in the AFL, he has achieved 6 premierships, with an enviable 70% winning ratio.
For the past 14 years, Andrew has worked as the Director of High Performance at the Hawthorn Football Club, helping to take them from the bottom of the ladder to the top – and helped them consistently stay there (including the elusive three premierships in a row). With overall leadership for medical, conditioning, psychology and performance analysis, Andrew’s philosophy is to build not only supreme athletes by focusing on physical and psychological readiness but the leadership and culture that enables them to succeed.
Before this time, Andrew was the Head Fitness Coach at the Port Adelaide Football Club and the Assistant Fitness Coach the Essendon Football Club. He has also worked with Melbourne Storm elite rugby team as the Speed Coach in their premiership year (2000), and the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS), with a range of elite athletes, including gold medalist Cathy Freeman during the lead-up to the Sydney Olympic Games. Away from the Hawks, he coaches various Olympic and Commonwealth Games track athletes.
Emeritus Defence Professor Anaesthesia
Col Peter Mahoney CBE is a consultant anaesthetist and was the first UK Defence Professor of Anaesthesia 2008-2016. He undertook 6 deployments to Afghanistan 4 of which included duties on the Medical Emergency Response Team. He also deployed to Iraq on 5 occasions, one of which was with the US 10th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad.
His current research includes use of Virtual Environments to train people for deployment and improving protection for ballistic head injuries
Surgeon Generals Department
Chris Gibson joined the Army on leaving school. He has been deployed on operations on numerous occasions and has served with The Army’s’ Close Protection Unit and UK Special Forces throughout his career. On commissioning further leadership appointments followed which included Exchange Officer to The Canadian Forces Medical School in Ontario teaching Leadership to Canadian officers and soldiers. Chris was appointed as Chief Instructor of The Army Medical Services Training Centre which develops, mentors and deploys elite medical teams on operations. In 2014 he was the UK lead for training design and delivery for all UK personnel deploying to West Africa to combat Ebola Virus Disease. He has recently successfully completed a tasking by Ministers to assist London Ambulance Service out of Special Measures through a novel coaching and mentoring programme for executives.
Major Trauma Director, St Mary's Hospital
Shehan Hettiaratchy is the Major Trauma Director and Lead Surgeon at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London. Shehan has also served in the British Army since he left school and is currently a reservist serving with Airborne Forces, in which he has been deployed to Afghanistan twice. Shehan was also one of the main presences of the BBC2 documentary Hospital that showed how St Mary’s treated eight victims of the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March. He is an Oxford graduate, where he gathered prizes from the institution in surgery and medicine.
Dr. Kevin Dutton is a research psychologist at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. Kevin is the author of four best-selling books: Flipnosis – the Art of Split Second Persuasion (2010); The Wisdom of Psychopaths – Lessons in Life from Saints, Spies and Serial Killers (2012); The Good Psychopath’s Guide To Success – How To Use Your Inner Psychopath To Get The Most Out of Life (2014); and Sorted – The Good psychopath’s Guide To Bossing Your Life (2015) (the latter two co-written with Andy McNab.) His work has been translated worldwide into over twenty-five languages. In addition to his academic research and his public engagement activities, Kevin also acts as a consultant within both the public and private sectors. His clients come from a wide range of fields including senior corporate management, elite sport, and military intelligence.
Head of Medical Services
Andrew Massey joined the Melwood backroom team on a full-time basis in July 2015 as Liverpool’s head of medical services. Andy began his career in the game as a professional footballer in the Irish league; however, an injury encouraged him to take up a university course studying physiotherapy.
Upon graduating with a BSc (Hons) degree to his name, he took on a placement with the Victorian Institute of Sport, where he commenced a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and completed a qualification in Strength and Conditioning. Andy began studying medicine in the UK in 2002 and also started working as the Belfast Giants ice hockey team’s physiotherapist. He graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2007 and one year later was appointed team doctor with the Belfast Giants.
In 2009, Andy returned to football when he was appointed as national team doctor with the Irish Football Association – a role he combined with a similar position at Linfield FC. He completed an MSc in Sports Medicine whilst also training as a General Practitioner and was awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine. Andy joined Liverpool FC in 2013 as the Academy doctor and match-day medical co-ordinator, before acting as first-team doctor on an interim basis in 2014 – a position that was made permanent the following year.
Professor of Applied Ethics
Mike is Professor of Applied Ethics, and Director of the Research Institute for Ethics and Law, at Swansea University. He has dual backgrounds and qualifications in philosophy and in sports sciences. Over the last 25 years he has globally pioneered the Ethics of Sport as a research and pedagogical field. He is the author and editor of numerous articles, essays and books, the most recent being Sport, Medicine, Ethics and “Bioethics, genetics, and sport”. He is the Founding Editor of the international journal “Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, and Co-Editor of Routledge “Sport Ethics” book series. He is Programme Director for a consortium of European Universities in a new Erasmus, plus funded Master Degree in Sport Ethics and Integrity and a member of WADAs Ethics Panel.
Former Professional Athlete & UKAD Athlete Committee Member
Henry is a doctor training to be a GP, but was originally a rugby union player. He gained three Blues at Oxford University before being offered a contract at London Wasps, where he was part of the squad that won both the Heineken Cup and the Premiership final in 2004. He returned to medicine and the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010.
He became involved with bobsleigh after he attended a Talent ID day. He went on to compete in the next three World Cup seasons and the World Championships for Great Britain, before being selected for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Dr. Mohammed Alsayrafi has been the General Manager for Anti-Doping Lab Qatar since June 2011. Prior to this, he served as the Project Executive Director from 2008 to 2011. Away from Anti-Doping Lab Qatar he has a number of advisory roles on various sports & environmental boards.
Dr. Mohammed obtained his PhD in biochemistry from King’s College London.
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