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Thomas is one of the most respected executives in football due to his passion and vision for the Falcons, his dynamic drafting and philosophical approach to building a team – and since he joined in 2008, the team has experienced a level of consistency that is unmatched in the team’s 46-year history. After his first season with the Falcons, he was named ‘Executive of the Year’ and again went on to be honoured in 2010. He then helped guide the Falcons to their third consecutive playoff appearance for the first time in franchise history in 2012. Prior to his tenure at the Falcons he was with the New England Patriots between 2002-2007.
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.
Brian has been the General Manager and Senior Vice-President of the New York Yankees for 16 years, having initially joined the organisation as an intern in 1986. The New York Yankees is one of the best known teams in world sport and is the most valuable franchise in the US, with a value of $2.3billion. During Brian’s tenure, the Yankees have won five World Series championships and seven American League pennants. Brian is recognised for piloting the Yankees front office through one of its most successful periods and in 2009 he was selected as MLB Executive of the Year for 2009 by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Carlo Ancelotti is a retired footballer and Italian football manager. He is currently managing Bayern Munich. Ancelotti is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals (three finals and two victories with Milan, and one victory with Real Madrid). He is also the first manager to have won the FIFA Club World Cup for the European clubs. Ancelotti is regarded as one of the best and most successful managers of all time.
Nicknamed Carletto, Ancelotti played as a midfielder and began his career with Italian club Parma, helping the club to Serie B promotion in 1979. He moved to Roma the following season, where he won a Serie A title and four Coppa Italia titles, and also played for the late 1980s Milan team, with which he won two league titles and two European Cups, among other titles. At international level he played for the Italian national team on 26 occasions, scoring once, and appeared in two FIFA World Cups, finishing in third-place in the 1990 edition of the tournament, as well as UEFA Euro 1988, where he helped his nation to reach the semi-finals.
As a manager, he has worked for Reggiana, Parma, Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and has won domestic titles in Italy, England, France and Spain.
RC is an NBA icon. He has won five NBA championships with the San Antonio Spurs, including four as General Manager. He first joined the Spurs back in 1988, spending four years in the role as Assistant Coach with the Spurs, he was an integral part of the team that secured back-to-back Midwest Division Titles. RC also had spells with the LA Clippers and University of Florida, before heading back to the Spurs after being hired by Gregg Popovich as Head Scout in 1994. In 1997 he was named the Spurs Director of Scouting, and a further two years later was promoted to the position of Vice President/Assistant General Manager. He has been in his current role as since 2002. He was awarded the prestigious NBA Executive of the Year award in 2013-14 and is also the President of sport franchises for Spurs Sport & Entertainment.
Arsène Wenger started his management career in France with AS Nancy and Monaco from 1981-1994. Then moved to Asia where he was the manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1995/1996, where he won the J-League Super Cup and the Emperor’s Cup, and was voted the J. League Manager of the Year. Since 1996 Wenger has been manager of Arsenal FC and has led them to three Premier League titles, five FA Cups, and five Community Shields. Arsène has also guided the Gunners to the Champions League and the UEFA Cup finals. He was the first coach from outside of the UK to win the Premier League and is, by some distance, the longest serving manager in the Premier League. Arsène has been hailed as the man responsible for changing the philosophy of football played by Arsenal, who under his leadership have adopted an exciting and attacking style of play.
Assistant General Manager
Kevin Abrams is in his 14th season as the Giants’ assistant general manager. He previously served three years as the team’s salary cap analyst.
Abrams is the primary negotiator for player contracts and is responsible for managing the Giants’ salary cap and player salary budget, related strategic planning for football operations and coordinating the organization’s compliance with the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Abrams also works with the College and Pro Personnel departments to evaluate players in preparation for the NFL Draft and free agency.
In July of 1999, Abrams was hired to fill the newly-created position of Salary Cap Analyst. He came to the Giants from the NFL Management Council, where he helped to monitor the league-wide salary cap and analyzed all new player contracts with respect to the rules and regulations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to working at the Management Council, Abrams completed internships and graduate assistant work in Player Personnel, Recruiting, Public Relations and Corporate
Eniola Aluko is a Professional Footballer who plays for Chelsea Ladies of the FA WSL as a forward. Eniola first started her career at Birmingham City before moving on to Charlton Athletic in 2004 where she went on to win the London FA Women’s Cup twice. She then joined Chelsea Ladies in 2007. Eniola has enjoyed great success for club and country, helping Chelsea win their first piece of silverware in their history. She is one of the most capped English footballers with 90 caps, making her debut at the age of 17. Away from the pitch she is a qualified sports and entertainment lawyer with a first class law degree from Brunel University.
Stuart started his career as a theatre producer and has worked extensively for the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Manchester, Playwrights’ Co-operative and Working Title Films. Stuart formed the Steam Industry, founded on the ethos that all people should be able to access and participate in challenging and entertaining theatre.
Stuart made a transition into education and began working at The BRIT School where he founded the Musical Theatre Course and was Director of Theatre.
Stuart has established deep partnerships with local schools and organisations working with marginalised communities. His interest in palliative care has led him to create a project which originally ran at St Christopher’s Hospice and is now being mapped out around the world.
Stuart sees The BRIT School as a unique home for original voices and talent and a platform for young people to train for free and progress into a plethora of roles in the creative Industries.
Head of Performance Science
Bryan Burnstein is Head of Performance Science at Quebec based performance company Cirque du Soleil, world renowned for its high-quality, artistic entertainment. Originally from Michigan, Bryan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training with a triple minor in Exercise Science, Athletic Coaching, and Leadership from Central Michigan University in 2002. In 2003 he became the Head Athletic Trainer / Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL and served in this role for four seasons. In 2005, Bryan earned his Master’s Degree in Human Performance and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. Bryan has been with Cirque du Soleil since 2007 and works with both internal and external partners leading research on factors that affect workload, fatigue, and recovery. He also manages the integration of Strength & Conditioning, Nutrition, and Psychological services and was a 2015 nominee for LiP’s 40 Under 40 award. Additionally, Bryan has served as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies Global Online Program at California University of Pennsylvania since 2008.
Medical Director of Standardized Patient Program
Dr. Harris is a physician and teacher who is an expert in coaching for high performance. She has special expertise in helping people to provide high impact feedback in a relationship context that fosters their learner’s autonomy and skills for self-awareness.
She is passionate about translating traditionally academic pursuits such as neuroscience, psychology and learning theory into actionable insights that can be used across disciplines. This has led her to work in settings as diverse as screenwriting, business, military, and major league sports.
Through her work with healthcare providers at Washington University School of Medicine, she coaches students on how to work in teams and how to communicate effectively during medical encounters. Her research focuses on understanding the impact of stressors on health professionals and identifying the key behaviors that drive team performance as well as patient and team satisfaction across different health disciplines, in order to provide individualized coaching that improves the performance of healthcare teams.
She has received the Washington University School of Medicine Class of 2018 Distinguished Service Teaching Award and Washington University School of Medicine Class of 2017 Full-Time Clinical Teacher of the Year in recognition of this work.
Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
As Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (‘The Red Arrows’) Martin is responsible for the Team’s flying, engineering, administrative and safety matters. His 130-strong team deliver world-leading formation aerobatic displays in the UK and overseas. Martin attended Colston’s School in Bristol and he then became a member of the University Air Squadron during his undergraduate degree in aeronautics and astronautics at Southampton University. More recently, he completed a distance-learning MSc in science.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 1993. Following flying training, Martin became a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) for three years on the Hawk T1 at Royal Air Force Valley. He then completed weapons training on 74(F) Squadron and was selected to fly the Tornado F3 on 43(F) Squadron at Royal Air Force Leuchars. During his three years on the Squadron, Martin completed two operational tours in Iraq and took part in exercises in Canada and Belgium as well as continuing his role as a frontline QFI. He was then selected to be a Red Arrows pilot from 2004 to 2007, initially as Red 3 and then as Red 9 for his remaining time on the team. Subsequently, he was posted to 111(F) Sqn to fly the Tornado F3, culminating in a four-month tour in the Falkland Islands as Officer Commanding 1435 Flt. He rejoined the team as Red 5 for the 2012 season and was subsequently promoted into a project management role in January 2013. In September 2014, Martin was delighted to hear that he would return to RAF Scampton as Officer Commanding RAFAT.
In his spare time he enjoys running, rowing and road biking but also tries to maintain skills in scuba diving when he gets the opportunity to go somewhere warm.
Head of Sky Performance Hub
Scott is the Head of the Team Sky Performance Hub. He has worked at the cycling team since January and helped to deliver the team’s fourth Tour de France triumph in July 2016. Drawer previously worked at the Rugby Football Union where he served as Athletic Performance Manager for two years, developing the science and medicine streams of the England national teams’ performance pathways.
Stuart Lancaster is currently part of the senior coaching team at Leinster Rugby Club. Prior to this, he served as the Head Coach for the England Rugby Football Union from 2011 to 2015. Before he was appointed Head Coach, Stuart was the Elite Rugby Director to the RFU and Director of Rugby for Leeds Carnegie. During his tenure, he lead England to achieve runners-up for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Six Nations Championship including a Triple Crown in 2014, and was the only team to beat New Zealand (Ranked no.1 in the world) in 2012.
Academic Director, Leadership Institute
Randall is a Professor and Chair of the Organisational Behaviour Subject Area at the London Business School. His research includes leadership transitions in organisations, leading high performance teams, how CEO personality affects top management team interaction and interpersonal skill development. He also heads up the school’s Senior Executive Programme, is the author of the book ‘Leading and Managing People in Dynamic Organizations’ and has had research published in the leading journals in the field, including research in organisational behaviour and human decision processes. Randall has consulted with noted companies across the world such as Barclays, Chevron, IBM and Deutsche Bank.
Director of Football Services
Simon is currently the director of football services at City Football Group, and has 14 years of providing high performance systems to growth minded clubs and institutions. Simon’s current remit is to ensure the clubs and clients of the City Football Group have access to the best performance methodologies, tools and talent in order to succeed within their competitive landscape.
Professor Chris Brady is Professor of Management Studies and Director of Salford University’s Centre for Sports Business; he is also acting in an advisory capacity to HE institutions and private equity firms. Prior to these roles he was the Dean of BPP Business School and Deputy Dean of Cass Business School in the city of London.
He is the author of a number of books on management issues for the FT/Pearson imprint. These include Rules of the Game, End of the Road, and the best-selling The 90 Minute Manager. His two most recent books are The Extra Mile, which deals with employee engagement, and, of course, Intelligent M&A, an analysis of the intelligence function within the M&A process. He is a regular contributor to BBC TV News, Sky Business News, Radio 5; he is also an occasional contributor to BBC’s Newsnight and a variety of other news media outlets.
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Sam Robertson is a sports scientist specialising in the application of analytics to performance-related problems in sport. He particularly focuses on the use of machine learning to uncover and explain non-linearity in athlete behaviour and long-term development. Sam is co-appointed as a senior research fellow at Victoria University and Western Bulldogs Football Club in Australia and leads the Analytics & Technology research group within the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL). He also manages Research & Innovation for the Golf Australia High Performance program. Prior to this, Sam worked as a sports scientist at various sporting institutes in both Australia and the United Kingdom, and was a Lecturer in Biomechanics at Deakin University.
Steve Gera is a former officer in the United States Marine Corps who has gone on to coach and scout in the National Football League, run multiple businesses, and teach sports leadership at top universities. He has worked with a number of world-class teams, such as the San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Real Madrid CF, Team Sky Cycling, Philadelphia 76ers, the Navy SEALs, and the United States Marine Corps.
Gera was one of the first NFL executives to implement a high performance model when he served as the Head of Innovation for the Cleveland Browns. He managed the daily operations of the team and coordinated all strategic advances in coaching, science, and technology. Before moving to Cleveland, Steve was an Assistant Coach and Football Analyst for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He joined the Chargers in 2007 where he worked in the Front Office as a salary cap, scouting, and player personnel specialist. He began coaching prior to the start of the 2007 season. He directed the Chargers analytics program and would go on to coach wide receivers, tight ends, and quarterbacks as an assistant. He has been a member of three Divisional Championship teams, and the 2007 AFC Championship team
Director of Mental Conditioning
Chad is currently employed full-time with the New York Yankees organisation as the Director of Mental Conditioning, where he has held the position the past 12 years, spending the majority of his time with the Major League team. Additionally, Chad has also worked as a mental conditioning consultant for the Dallas Cowboys since 2012.
Manager, Sports Business Advisory
Clive is one of the leading performance experts in the UK, with eight years experience in the English Premier League. During his time with Bolton Wanderers and Fulham, both clubs achieved their best ever seasons and qualified for the Europa League four times. Clive’s background is in sport science and psychology; he has a Masters degree from Loughborough University and a PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University. More recently, he has worked with a number of high performance sports teams and businesses providing performance solutions to managers and executives. Clive is renowned for being at the cutting-edge of performance and implementing innovative methods.
Principal Lecturer in Sport Psychology
Martin is a principal lecturer in sport social science and is the program leader for the Science and Football degree at Liverpool John Moores University. Martin’s research areas include football, youth development, issues related to organisational culture and identity. A substantial amount of Martin’s research work has been conducted in English Premier League football, at Bolton Wanderers Football Club delivering psychological and lifestyle based support to players and coaches at 1st team and Youth Academy level. More specifically, this work seeks to better understand the complexities associated with the critical – and often uncomfortable – moments and transitions that youth football players experience within professional football.
Tom brings the latest applied skills and research in sports and exercise psychology to support individual’s and teams to reach their goals. He has a strong interest in the area of mental resilience. He utilises his background working in elite sport to help clients understand and develop their ability to perform under pressure, recover after setbacks, ignite their motivation and fulfill their potential. He is especially interested in increasing people’s awareness of their personal resources and their capability to employ them when needed. Tom has a proven ability to deliver effective psychology interventions to a wide range of people, from the general public to world class athletes and coaches.
Director of Performance Psychology & Management
Dr David Fletcher 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.
Damien started his career in professional football in 1992 as a youth coach at AS Monaco. He then went on to coach in Japan in 1996. In 1997, he joined Arsenal FC as 1st Team scout covering France and after a year became European scout. He moved to AS St Etienne in France in 2004 as Sporting Director, then joined Tottenham Hotspur in the same capacity in 2005. In 2008 he rejoined AS St Etienne as Director of Football. He joined Liverpool FC in 2010 as director of football strategy before being promoted to director of football. He left Liverpool FC at the end of the 2011/12 season.
Professor of Human Brain Research
Vincent Walsh is Professor of Human Brain Research at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and a world expert on the brain and performance. Walsh’s Visual Cognition Group is concerned with detection, discrimination, and short-term memory of visual stimuli. A key part of his approach to the work is to study interactions between different regions of visual cortex, and interactions between visual and non-visual areas by using transcranial magnetic stimulation, psychophysics, eye movements, and electrophysiological recording methods.
Executive Director Center for Body Computing and Professor of Clinical Medicine
Dr. Leslie Saxon is a Professor of Medicine, Clinical Scholar, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Saxon specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. She is also the Executive Director of the internationally-acclaimed USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) and newly announced USC Virtual Care Clinic. Dr. Saxon participates in the pre-clinical and clinical development and testing of wearable and implanted technology, including networked devices used in medicine, wellness, and fitness disciplines. With her clinical expertise, she is a valuable strategist in developing device models and software solutions that offer engaging user-feedback based on real-time physiologic data.
Geir Jordet, PhD, is currently Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences where he conducts research on psychology and elite football performance. His work is published in leading sport science and psychology journals, as well as in major media outlets such as New York Times, Wall street journal, the Guardian, and Spiegel. He is also Director of Psychology at the Norwegian Centre of Football Excellence, where he advises all the Norwegian professional club teams on performance psychology. Over the last 15 years, Geir has advised professional football organizations and clubs all over Europe. In addition, his recent corporate clients include; PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Gambit Hill+Knowlton, Statoil, Canon and Skagen Funds.
Roger Meacock has spent the last 10 years working with Totum Sport all over Europe and is an authority on hydration, performance and cellular health. His understanding of this subject area is highly comprehensive and as such has benefited many athletes in various sports. His expertise have seen him appear in several health -based publications and he has also created CPD material for the pharmacy industry.
In addition, he has advised premiership footballers, Olympic marathon runners and Paralympians on improving sports performance, recovery and health. As Head of Science at Totum Sport, Roger is actively involved in research projects to ensure he remains at the cutting edge of performance, recovery and health.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dennis is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Keiser. The Keiser story begins over 35 years ago when Dennis was hired to design the first variable resistance machines for a leading manufacturer. Unsatisfied with the limits of iron-based weight training, he and his brother, Randy, found a safer—and more efficient—alternative that uses compressed air, or pneumatics, to provide a smoother, controlled resistance. In 1978, the brothers introduced to the world the first air-powered variable resistance exercise machines for building strength and power.
More than 80% of the top professional sports teams in the world now train on Keiser machines, including all 32 Major League Baseball teams, several Super Bowl winners, the football (soccer) champions of nine countries, Olympic athletes and more. They’re joined by everyone from NASA to Navy Seals, medical experts to rehab specialists and from major gyms, like LA Fitness, to neighbourhood studios.
Medical Director of Standardized Patient Program
Washington University in St. Louis – School of Medicine
Officer Commanding Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows
Executive Director Center for Body Computing and Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Southern California
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