Everything in Sport – Speakers

Ryan Gordon is the 1 st qualified football coach in the world with MSc Hon’s applied positive psychology and coaching psychology degree. Ryan helps footballers, coaches and executives fulfil their personal and professional potential human to human. With 20 years experience in football, Ryan recognises that it’s not just mastering how to win the game of football, it’s how well you connect with the heart beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding to them.

Ryan Gordon
Through The Thirds Ltd ‘A positive view of well-being, coaching & human potential’ – BSc MSc UEFA FA

Looking to the past sport has not always been associated with technology but the world is changing fast.  Arno is an Engineer by trade and a sportsman from the heart so for him what could be more natural than combining the two!!  Well that’s just what Arno did in early 2016 when he set up Sport eXperience. When unconventional thinking is necessary, when excellence in chaos creates opportunities and for those looking for creativity on command, that is where Arno feels at home.

Arno Hermans, Founder
Sport eXperience concepts B.V.

Richard Bush is a Senior Associate in the sports group at Bird & Bird LLP. He advises on a range of sports-related issues including challenges to regulatory decisions, rules and regulations, disciplinary matters, child protection/safeguarding, and commercial dispute resolution. He has represented clients before a range of forums, including the English courts, CAS, disciplinary tribunals, FA Rule K arbitration, and the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. Richard regularly advises national and international sports governing bodies.

Richard Bush, Senior Associate (Sport)
Bird & Bird

Max is a partner in the sports group at Bird & Bird LLP. He advises on a range of issues connected with sport, including rules and regulations, investigations, discipline and anti-doping, ticketing, ambush marketing and brand protection, player contracts, commercial sponsorship and dispute resolution. His clients include the Premier League, Six Nations, the British and Irish Lions, EPCR, the Guinness PRO14 and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Max is a CEDR-accredited mediator and is a member of (among others) Sport Resolutions’ Mediation Panel.

Max Duthie, Owner
Bird & Bird LLP

Craig is a partner in the Media, Entertainment and Sports Group at Bird & Bird. He leads our sports media rights practice in London. Craig advises on a range of commercial issues connected with sport, and media, including sponsorship, image rights, staging agreements, agency agreements, merchandising, licensing, funding agreements, and brand protection. He has particular expertise in the field of media rights, having advised numerous producers, rights holders and broadcasters on some of the most high profile and cutting-edge media rights deals in the industry.

Craig Giles, Partner (Sport and Media)
Bird & Bird LLP

James Newman is a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist based in the North- East of England working with national and international level athletes. He predominantly works with tennis players, focusing on Acceptance and Commitment approaches. James is also a tennis coach and coach educator and has previously worked for the Lawn Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation. James has won Northumberland Coach of the Year twice and been awarded an Honorary Diploma by the Argentine Tennis Association.

James Newman, Owner
The Mind Hawk

"Georgia Hickman (BSc) is an aspiring Performance Nutritionist working with Loughborough University’s Performance Sports. She does this alongside completing her part- time MSc in Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Georgia works with elite sports teams and individuals ranging from University Level to International/Olympic Standard. These include Leicester Riders Basketball Team, Loughborough Lightning Netball Team, and Loughborough University Swimming Team.

Georgia Hickman, MSc Performance Nutritionist
Loughborough University

Barry is the CEO for EMEA and APAC at Catapult Sports. Catapult is a publicly listed Sports Analytics company that engineers wearable and video based technology for elite sports. Catapult exists to build and improve the performance of athletes and sporting teams. Barry’s career has largely focused on establishing and building disruptive performance technology and leveraging the power of big data, analytics and the contextual understanding of sporting performance

Barry McNeill, CEO
Catapult Elite – EMEA & APAC

Dr Kevin Currell is Director of Science and Technical Development at the EIS.  He has responsibility for delivery of science services through over 200 practitioners to more than 20 Olympic and Paralympic Sports and the development of science and medicine practitioners.  He is also a member of the senior leadership team of the EIS.  Prior to this he was a Performance Nutritionist with British Triathlon, Athletics, Canoeing and Short Track Speed Skating.  He holds PhD from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Kevin Currell, Director of Science and Technical Development
English Institute of Sport

Having been involved with the England Cricket Disability Program since 2015 on a PT basis, I become the first FT employed Disability Program Performance Analyst in March 2018. Within my role I support all four of the ECB’s Disability Squads (Deaf, Learning Disability, Physical Disability and Visually Impaired) in their Performance and Lions programs, with the aim of providing Elite Performance Analysis support to our squad members and coaching/management staff.

Chris Highton, Disability Program Performance Analyst

Nick Fitzpatrick has a particular focus on copyright, digital broadcasting, television, sport, film and sponsorship. Nick works with a full range of media clients, from US studios to private individuals. Nick is also co-chair of our global Media, Sport and Entertainment team.




Nick Fitzpatrick, Partner
DLA Piper









Sergio Mignardi, President
Federazione Italiana Hockey

Award-winning business man, #1 Amazon Best Selling Author & TEDx speaker Baiju Solanki is now the CEO/Founder of EnSpirit Global: a platform that serves to inspire, educate and connect you to develop your the entrepreneurial mindsets and behaviours in order to create the life you desire. As a businessman of the year, and property investor, his experience extends beyond the realm of enterprise: a trained psychologist, lecturer, speaker and author, he nudges people into realising their power.

Baiju Solanki, CEO & Founder
EnSpirit Ltd

Matt co-founded Two Circles, the data-driven sports marketing agency, in 2011. The business has grown significantly since, driven by an exceptional client retention rate, and today employs just under 200 people across four offices worldwide – servicing over 100 clients including the NFL, Premier League and UEFA. As Chairman, Matt supports and challenges a talented team to grow the business with quality. In addition to his Two Circles commitments, Matt is a regular speaker around the evolution of the business of sport.

Matt Rogan, Chairman
Two Circles

Tennis Scotland CEO Blane Dodds is proving as adept off the court as on it, having once been the No 2 ranked player in Scotland and played against the likes of Vitas Gerulaitis and a young Tim Henman. Appointed in January 2018 and charged with driving the sport in Scotland at all levels, the 52-year-old and longstanding Tennis Scotland volunteer is off to a flying start, developing and delivering a long-term strategic plan for the sport in Scotland.


Blane Dodds, CEO
Tennis Scotland

Rick Jenner is Director of Strategy and Insight at Limelight Sports. He works within the strategy team – delivering consultancy work for clients, marketing the business to prospective brands and developing the future business strategy and insight capability. Prior to joining Limelight, he spent 13 years working for some of the UK’s best-known companies including ITV, News UK and Virgin Media. In his insight and product development roles he helped those businesses become more customer-centric – understanding and reaching customers with great propositions and campaigns.

Rick Jenner, Director of Strategy and Insight
Limelight Sports

Mark founded PrettyGreen 4th July 2008 as a way of fulfilling his entrepreneurial dream of helping create and own new brands and after being convinced by one particular Client that it would give him wiings (as well as realising that he wasn’t quite ready to retire). With over 20 years of Client and Agency experience, an integrated thinker, who’s not bad at coming up with an idea or two. As well as setting up PrettyGreen, he was an non-Exec for over 6 years of BritDoc, is often a judge for PRCA, PR Week and MAA Awards and sits on the PRCA Council.

Mark Stringer, Founder

Federico M. Winer is a trusted industry advisor in eSports, game publishers, sports betting, lotteries and others Entertainment segments. He is a true Industry evangelist influencer: Top 1% in LinkedIn and Crunchbase rankings. He has developed international business for Media, Sports and Entertainment corporations since the start of his career, with a firm understanding of how humanities and IT coexist. Federico is a PhD candidate with the Institute for Sport Business in Loughborough University, ranked as the best sporting university by QS World.

Federico M. Winer
Head of SAP Entertainment Industries, SAP

Dr David Webber is a Senior Lecturer on the Football Performance and Participation programme, a member of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research, and the Course Leader for the MA in Football, Development and Business Management at Solent University in Southampton. David’s research focuses primarily upon the political, economic and cultural changes that English football has undergone over the past 30 years and has published a number of papers under this theme, exploring issues ranging from fan activism, grassroots football, and safe standing to the financialisation of the game and the impact of austerity upon football’s local communities

David Webber, Course Leader MA Football, Development and Business Management
School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Wayne joined Little Dot Studios in 2016 as MD, Content Acquisition & Distribution responsible for the business’s UK, Germany and the US distribution teams, focused on channel management and rights management operations across Sport, Broadcast, Kids & Family, Entertainment and Owned & Operated. Little Dot Studios operates over 200 YouTube channels, Facebook pages and social accounts reaching over 4bn views per month and carries out rights management for over 50,000 titles and sports rights on social platforms. It is also a leading producer of digital first video for brands, broadcasters and digital platforms.

Wayne Davison, Managing Director
Little Dot Studios

Hannah is a business psychologist, coach and Director at Carter Corson. Hannah works closely with organisations across the private and public sector, supporting their leaders’ and managers’ development. Hannah brings unique insight from the world of psychology and knowledge of human behaviour to create positive change and high impact outcomes for the businesses she works with. Hannah has delivered workshops to over 800 individuals across a range of industries – Professional Services, Central Government, STEM, Healthcare, Higher Education-covering topics from management, leadership and communication to coaching, mentoring, innovation, resilience and confidence.

Hannah Johnson, Director
Carter Corson Business Psychologists

Alex co-heads our firm-wide Sports Business Group and is a commercial IP lawyer specialising in sport. Alex has a wide view of the sports industry. She was an international medal-winning swimmer, is on the board of British Swimming, and has 7 years in-house ‘major events’ experience, having work for London 2012 Olympic Games committee, prior to joining Lewis Silkin. Alex regularly draws on this broad experience to advise clients across the sports industry, but her specialism lies in sports marketing and events. She advises on global sponsorships, image rights, brand protection, ambush marketing, broadcast/media, ticketing, venue agreements and player/athlete agreements.

Alex Kelham, Partner
Lewis Silkin LLP

“As a former England youngster tipped for the top, Drewe, 40 , admits his career was dogged and undermined by soul searching and self-doubt. It culminated in the big centre-forward going into rehab for addictions and an emotional breakdown after retiring. Nowadays Drewe is putting his experiences to good use helping the next generation of players cope with the pressures and pitfalls of football. His knowledge and ability to nurture players has helped Drewe build a portfolio of clients including internationals and Premier League stars. Articulate Drewe has also become a go-to person for media to interview as more players start to publicly admit to mental health problems.

Drewe Broughton
The Performance Specilist

Emily works in the marketing department at The Football Association. Working closely with the clubs she focuses on the promotion of the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship. This includes matchday experience, promotion as well as social media strategies. She has a degree in marketing from the University of Birmingham and has previously worked in the snow sports industry.

Emily Wilford, Marketing – Women’s Football
The FA Group

Ben Sturner is the CEO and Founder of Leverage Agency. In 2005, Ben started Leverage in his apartment and immediately brokered a 5-year, multi-million deal with Reebok that kick-started the sponsorship growth of the National Lacrosse League. Twelve years later, Ben’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion have propelled Leverage to leadership status in sports and entertainment with global initiatives, owned-and-operated events, world-class clients and a one-of-a-kind mentorship program.

Ben Sturner, CEO and Founder
Leverage Agency

Sam Caucci has managed and coached sales and leadership teams for publicly held, private sector and franchised companies across the globe. Sam founded 1Huddle a tech startup and workforce training platform that uses games to help organizations better prepare their people for work. With clients across the globe, 1Huddle has impacted people across organizations in a wide array of sectors, with clients including ESPN, Audible (an Amazon Company), the Golden State Warriors, Madison Square Garden and New York Mets.

Sam Caucci, Founder & CEO