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.

This is a FREE event for CIPD Members, InstituteLM Members, and HR/Management/Sports Science students/lecturers from York St John University.

Non-CIPD/InstituteLM Members and Business Owners/Managers are also very welcome to attend at the non-members rate of £25+vat.

Early booking recommended as our events are often fully subscribed.



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.

Tony Faulkner

Leading Expert on Neuroscience

Tony Faulkner is one of the country’s leading experts on neuroscience and how it relates to sports performance. 

Tony played professional football for four years for Bristol City but was forced to retire early due to serious injury.  He then trained as a chartered physiotherapist and went on to become head of performance management at Blackburn and Manchester City football clubs.

Tony’s interest in the area of performance psychology took him into the field of neuroscience – and to study how the human brain responds in a high performance environment. He has since worked across football, rugby and corporate business with coaches, managers and senior management teams to improve performance.

Tony co-founded the Masters in Sporting Directorship course that brings the subjects of sport and neuroscience into the business arena. He is also a member of the Neuro Practitioners Guild, a group of neuroscience practitioners working in global business.

Discover more about Tony and what you will learn from him at Leading Differently in our Q&A


Andy Grant

Consultant in coaching, education, learning and management across the sport

Andy Grant is a consultant specialising in coaching, education, learning and management across the sport, business and education sectors. His current projects include lecturing in further education, advisor for Abu Dhabi based consultancy firm and Club Manager for Sunderland Girls FA Talent Centre. He has a wealth of experience working in a variety of positions in high performance sport organisations including Sunderland AFC and Chelsea FC Youth Academies, the FA, UK Coaching, and Liverpool John Moores University Football Science Centre.  He worked for 13 years with UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK) providing technical consultancy to a range of high performance and charity sporting organisations. He managed the UK coach qualifications endorsement programme (UKCC) and was the UK representative on the EU Expert Group on Human Resource Development in Sport implementing the European Work Plan for Sport 2014-17 and creating a network of sporting agencies across all 28 Member States. Latterly he was the Head of Coach Education at UK Coaching, leading a team of staff and promoting a culture of continuous improvement across the department.

Andy has qualifications in coaching, education and business and is passionate about lifelong learning. He is currently studying the Masters in Sport Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School where he is exploring the central principles of high performing learning organisations across sport, education and business organisations and provides direct consultancy to organisations aspiring to implement these practices.

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