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.

The price for this event is Free to Members, £10 including VAT for non members.


Alex Loudon

Partner at Abercross Holdings

Alex Loudon is a Partner at Abercross Holdings, a UK-focused growth equity investment firm, and a Board Director of Power of Boxing, a UK-based boutique boxing fitness business. Prior to this he served as a senior executive in the global M&A team at SABMiller plc, and worked in a number of analyst roles at Bristow Group, Hawkpoint, and Caledonia Investments. Before embarking on his business career, Alex was a professional cricketer playing county and international cricket. He was educated at Durham University and has an MBA with finance concentration from London Business School.

Alex is one of a small handful of people to have achieved success in two very distinct spheres — sport and business.

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.

Elesa Zehndorfer

Researcher & Writer, Quora Top Writer 2017

Dr. Elesa Zehndorfer is a writer and researcher. Her forthcoming book 'The Physiology of Emotional & Irrational Investing: Causes & Solutions' (Routledge, January 2018) has already been listed on the Amazon Top 20 Hot New Releases list (Finance) and has featured in Psychology Today online. Also author of 'Charismatic Leadership: The Role of Charisma in the Global Financial Crisis' (Routledge, 2015, 2016) and 'Leadership: A Critical Introduction' (Routledge, 2014), Dr. Zehndorfer conducts research for leading sports and business organisations such as the Sport & Recreation Alliance, Sport England, the Institute of Leadership & Management and Manchester Metropolitan University. Formerly the General Secretary of the International Federation of American Football, Dr. Zehndorfer earned her doctorate from the Institute of Sport & Leisure Policy at Loughborough University in 2006 ('From the Locker Room to the Boardroom: Developing Leaders through Sport'). She is currently working on a new book.