Sports and business are both quintessentially high performance environments sharing the same requirements for leadership, teamwork and a high performance mindset. However, the corporate world has yet to achieve the systematic performance improvement that elite athletes so often demonstrate.

Our expert panel will share the ļ¬ndings of our recent white paper, which highlights the parallels that may be drawn in business and sport, and lessons for leadership.


Kate Cooper

Head of Research, Policy and Standards

Kate shapes an innovative research programme at The Institute of Leadership & Management designed to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens. Her role is informed by her career as a senior academic in a university business school, focusing on strategy, leadership and professional development. 

Kate is also a conference keynote speaker, internationally, and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio, is a Forbes contributor and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.

Linda Armstrong

Linda spent her early years chasing balls…(on the tennis court or the hockey pitch), so it isn’t surprising that she decided to kick-off her career as a tennis coach. It didn’t take long for Linda to realise she was ‘skint’ and to become curious about what else she could do to earn a living, and so she accepted a position at BUPA. Linda made a fast impression and left to continue to support her boss to set-up a US backed healthcare start-up.

More recently Linda, was given a remit by the BT Global Services Board to build a Partnership Centre of Excellence to provide BT Global Services with partnership expertise, supporting global outsource deals across both Public and Private Sector.

Linda’s leadership and change skills were also utilised within BT’s transformation journey; delivering people and organisational change programmes in the UK and overseas.

Pragmatic and energetic, Linda is a great asset, not least for her ability to accelerate people and business performance.

Mike Rayner

Course Leader for the MSc Sports Management course, University of Portsmouth

Dr Mike Rayner, Course Leader for the MSc Sports Management course. Having originally studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Portsmouth Mike completed his PhD entitled ‘The Impact of Professionalisation on Rugby Union: Player’s Perspectives’. His academic career was preceded by extensive Operational management and consultancy experience in a range of different public and private sector organisations.

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