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Thomas Frank is a Danish professional football coach and former amateur player, currently serving as the Head Coach of Premier League side Brentford Football Club.
After 18 years in youth coaching, which included spells as manager of multiple Danish national youth teams, Frank became a senior manager with Brøndby IF in 2013. After his departure in 2016, he moved to English club Brentford as assistant head coach and was promoted into the role of Head Coach in October 2018, before the club was promoted to the Premier League in the 2020/21 Season.
Adventurer, Author, Coach & Consultant
Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer & polar explorer, author, keynote speaker, leadership and team consultant & coach and documentary presenter. A former British Army Gurkha officer, who also spent two years in the Special Forces, his adventuring achievements include skiing to both Poles, summitting Everest and K2 and crossing the length of Greenland and the Arabian Desert amidst a lifetime of extreme exploits. He holds two Guinness World Records for polar expeditions – his Greenland vertical crossing and for reaching the three extreme points of the Earth (The North Pole, South Pole and Mt Everest) in the shortest period of time in history – and has written two books and presented or featured in four documentaries to date.
Chair of Diversity Board
Melisa is the first ever Diversity Chair at Selfridges, a role she took ownership of back in June 2020. She is seeking to be an architect of a better future. Collaborating to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace, so our team members can be their whole- & true- selves; and thrive in a place where they feel a sense of belonging. Melisa has a background in science, specifically food science. She joined Selfridges back in 2016 and has held numerous senior roles across the organisation and in the present, combines her Diversity Leadership capacity with overseeing the technical elements of food at Selfridges.
Over the past decade, from somewhere under the radar, Cotswolds-dwelling Kiwi Owen Eastwood has become one of the worlds most in-demand performance coaches. The elite teams and organisations he has worked with include the England football team, the Scotland rugby squad, and the South African cricket teams (all men’s), as well as the Royal Ballet School, and the Command Group of NATO. Currently, he is helping Team GB prepare for the delayed Tokyo Olympics, and Gareth Southgate’s England footballers prepare for the Euros.
Director of Rugby Performance
Hailing from Australia, Billy Millard’s first stint as Head Coach saw him spend four years with the Australian Sevens team. Since then, he has served as the Director of Rugby and Head Coach at the University of Sydney (winning back-to-back Premierships in the process) and the Melbourne Rebels. He also with USA Rugby as a High Performance Director and with Cardiff Blues as a General Manager, before joining the Harlequins in 2018 in the latter role. In July 2021, he was appointed the Director of Rugby Performance, and is responsible for overseeing and managing all program and staff.
Kate has been the Head Coach for British Judo since January 2017, and has vast experience coaching across the sport since 2004 having held roles including Senior Coach and Junior Under 23 Coach. Kate is Team GB’s most successful female judo fighter in Olympic history, winning silver at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 and Bronze at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. Kate was the official GB flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Professional Rugby Player
Danny Care is a British Rugby Player, who began playing youth rugby in 1993, at the tender age of 6. He continued to play in several youth age groups throughout his teens, before being named in the core squad for the senior England Sevens team in the 2005/2006 season. He was part of the team that got England their first win in the USA leg of the IRB Sevens before playing for Team England at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, getting England their first medal in the Games at Rugby Sevens. He made his debut for England in 2008, as part of the England Elite Player Squad. He has continued to play for the Harlequins and for England, and in June 2021 won his second Premiership title with Quins.
Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Shona is inspiring and her passion for diversity, equity and inclusion is clear to see when working with her. Working globally since 2010, she values the importance of equity to achieve equality and firmly believes in the power of role modelling, which she positively adopts herself. Shona has over 10 years’ experience running skills programmes for senior leaders and at all levels of an organisation, both in person and virtually. She is highly skilled at facilitating and bringing to life conversations around what it is like to work in an organisation with different cultures and leadership styles and help leaders become culturally competent and inclusive.
Christopher Powney began his career as a dancer, dancing with Northern Ballet, English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company. After qualifying as a teacher with the Royal Ballet School’s professional dance teacher’s course, he worked as Assistant Artistic Director of Central School of Ballet’s graduate touring company before joining the faculty of the Royal Ballet School in 2006. Six years later, he moved to the Netherlands to teach in the dance department of the Royal Conservatoire, the Hague, before being appointing Artistic Director of the Dutch National Ballet Academy in 2010. In September 2014, he returned to the Royal Ballet School as the Artistic Director.
Dame Sarah Storey’s Coach, and Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton
Dr Gary Brickley is a Lead Coach for the GB Paracycling Team, where he is most known for his outstanding work with world-record breaking Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey. Alongside his work with Sarah and GB Paracycling, Gary is a Senior Lecturer in Sports in the School of Sport and Health at the University of Brighton, where his expertise lies in exercise physiology. His research has covered muscle metabolism, fitness performance in sportsmen and sportswomen more generally, wearable technologies for sport and more.
Dr. Terry Clark completed his Bachelor of Music in flute performance at the University of Calgary in Canada, followed by an Artist Diplona and Masters of Music at the University of Western Ontario. For his PhD, he moved to the UK to study Performance Psychology at the Royal College of Music. He holds post-doctoral appointments as a Fellow at the University of Calgary, an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London and as a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
Director of Basketball Operations & Innovation
Phil is the Director of Basketball Operations & Innovation for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. He joined the organisation back in 2016 initially as Director of Basketball Strategy, before moving into his current role in 2019. Prior to making the transition into the NBA, Phil served as the Director of Basketball Operations & Player Development at the University of Utah. Phil also has coaching experience, having been the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach for Grand Canyon University from 2009 to 2012.
Vice President of High Performance
Dr. Angus Mugford is the VP of High Performance for the Toronto Blue Jays, where he leads a team of specialists across Sports Medicine, Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning, and Mental Performance. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of the IMG Institute, which led mental performance and leadership consulting services for sport, corporate and military organisations. Much of his role in his 12-year tenure with IMG involved leading a team of mental conditioning coaches serving 1,000 junior student-athletes, as well as professional athletes across the NFL, NBA, MLB, and WTA and ATP tennis tours.
Director of Performance Psychology and Management
David is the Director of Performance Psychology and Management at Loughborough University. His consultancy, research and teaching focuses on the psychology of performance excellence in sport, business and other performance domains. His work addresses how high achievers thrive on pressure and deliver sustained success, and clusters around the following performance themes: leadership and management, environments and cultures, psychology and lifestyles, and coaching and consultancy.
Head of Culture Development
Claire currently holds the role as Head of Culture Development for UK Sport, a role she transitioned into back in February 2020. Prior to this evolution in role, Claire was the Leadership Development Manager for the organisation, a role she initially took on back in July 2013. Responsibilities in this role included driving high quality Leadership Development at Board Level, designing and project managing the Executive Education programme “Leading Edge” and working with numerous stakeholders in improving the soft skills that make the hard stuff work.
Sports Psychology Consultant
Michael is one of the UK’s leading Sport Psychologists and has worked in professional sport for over 25 years. He’s currently working within Premier League football, Premiership Rugby, Country Cricket, International Cricket, as well as supporting some of the most high profile leaders within sport on an individual basis. To us here at Leaders, he’s the trusty pair of hands that guides us through our summits and events. In his spare time he enjoys walking, walking and more walking. Ask him about Paisley, and Shankly, too.
Professor of Psychology
Sophia is the Professor of Psychology at Loughborough, where her research work mainly revolves around interpersonal relationships in sport with an emphasis on coaching relationships. More recently this work has started to make an impact on other life domains including work (business, organisations) and education (primary, secondary schools). This research is orientated towards “making a difference” through generating knowledge and understanding of the effectiveness of quality relationships. Sophia also works and Consults with UK Sport across their coach development programmes.
Chief Patient Experience Officer
Dr Jamal Al-Khanji is a physician and entrepreneur with more than twenty years’ experience in the Qatari health sector. Dr. Jamal started his medical carrier in Cardiac surgery and then moved to healthcare administration as a healthcare executive responsible for the creation and the leadership of governmental departments and organizations like the Qatar Council of Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) and the Department of Healthcare Quality and Patient safety and the department of healthcare planning and assessment. He joined Aspetar in 2019 as Chief Patient Experience Officer (CPEO) which is responsible for Facility Management, Guest Services, Laboratory, Imaging, Nursing and Health Information Systems (HIS).
Dr Khalid Al-Khelaifi is an orthopaedic surgeon specialized in sport medicine and traumatology. He is specialised in knee and shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction surgery, and in upper and lower extremity general trauma. He is also an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical college in Qatar.
Dr. Al-Khelaifi is currently the head of Medical and Scientific committee at Qatar Olympic Committee and also the Venue Medical Manager of Albayt Stadium for the World Cup 2022. He is also the head of the medical committee at Qatar Tennis Federation.
Assistant Academy Director
Edd is the Assistant Academy Director at Southampton Football Club. Edd initially joined Southampton as a Head of Coaching in November 2014, and has subsequently progressed to a leadership role within the Academy Management structure. He previously worked for the English Institute of Sport as a Senior Performance Lifestyle Advisor, and has completed a PhD that explores talent development in various elite performance domains.
Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Kevin Yusuf Coleman has played sport his entire life, and worked in sport his entire working life; his specialist areas of experience are faith and football, Asian inclusion in football and Refugees inclusion in football. Currently Head of Equality, diversity and Inclusion at Brentford FC, Kevin was previously Equality Manager at The FA and before that ran Grassroots and Community Engagement at Kick It Out, the Equality and Inclusion Campaign for football. Before that, Kevin worked for The Lawn Tennis Association in Professional and Grassroots tennis for 10 years.
Head of High Performance
Self-admittedly fanatical about helping leaders and teams create high performance, John’s work with clients focuses on high performing teamwork, leadership skills, and helping organisations to create a positive performance culture. He is a member of the institute for study of high performance, and recent research subjects have included the NZ All Blacks, the UK Sport Performance System, Pixar and Google.
A senior leader in the world of high performance sport, Dr Karl Cooke has a strong track record of leading teams to greater success at the highest level in sport. During his time as the Head of Sports Science & Sports Medicine at British Swimming, their results went from equal worst to best ever including best Olympic medal tally in 2016 and best medal table position (2) at the World Championships in 2017. Before that, during his time as Sports Science Manager at the LTA, both Men’s and Women’s Tennis results went from a low point in 2007 to the high of winning ATP, WTA, Grand Slam, Olympic and Wimbledon Championships by 2013. His philosophy has been to create and develop great teams that have clarity of purpose, a strategic edge based on analytics and a culture of continuous improvement.
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