Webinar: Developing the Person and the Practitioner

How are you developing the people within your organisation?


We’ll be examining how organisations are developing the skillsets of the subject matter experts in their teams, but also investing time to help them grow as people, too. Dusty Miller of British Fencing and Dehra Harris of the Toronto Blue Jays will share their thoughts and insights on themes of learning, team building, talent development, motivation, and cultural values.

Date:  24 February

Time: 16:00 GMT // 11:00 EST


Dehra Harris

Dehra is the Assistant Director of High Performance Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball. She was hired by the Blue Jays in 2019 after a hugely successful career working in medicine. Dehra held roles as the Medical Director and later Director of Wellness and High Performance for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Washington in St.Louis. An is an award-winning teacher with special expertise in designing adaptive learning environments across high performance settings, Dehra is passionate about coaching, education and developing individualized learning plans that allow fast-paced growth and improvement for the whole team. This experience perfectly positions her to discuss how best to build the mindsets, skills and expertise of your colleagues and staff.

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Duncan Simpson

Duncan joined IMG Academy as Director of Personal Development where he provides  mental conditioning services for tennis, golf, and soccer athletes. Dr. Simpson joined IMG from Barry University where he served as an Associate Professor in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Program. Originally from England, he received his PhD in Sport Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Duncan is a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). Since 2005 he has been conducting mental skills training with athletes and coaches from a range of sports and varying in talent and ability from beginners to professional and Olympic athletes. Duncan will share insights on learning and development strategies that can strengthen your team and improve personal and professional performance.

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Dusty Miller

Dusty joined British Fencing as their Head of People & Culturein March 2021. He previously served in the Royal Navy for 27 years, in a variety of environments, including overseeing the training requirement and support to the largest military training event in the northern hemisphere. From serving in the Submarine Service to operational environments including the Adriatic, Persian Gulf and North Africa, his role was to ensure that human performance and connectedness was at the heart of operational activities. Upon leaving the Royal Navy he joined the Rugby Football Union where he spent over six years, and he also still currently works as a Performance Support Mentor at the English Institute of Sport. Dusty will discuss his experience of developing people in different environments across different organisations to reveal the components of a successful L&D strategy.

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Previous Attendees

Assistant Head of Youth

AFC Ajax

‎Head of Performance Analysis & Insight

The FA

Performance Analyst

Glasgow Warriors

Senior Performance Pathway Scientist

English Institute of Sport

Assistant Coordinator of Mental Strength

Pittsburgh Pirates

High Performance Manager

Cricket West Indies