Learning from sport: how to career pivot effectively

Elite athletes share their experience of the impact of sport on their professional lives.




Andries Pretorius

Andries Pretorius is a former Wales Rugby international and Cardiff Blues captain.

He is currently global head of personal development with International Rugby Players, the global body that represents the interests of professional rugby players at the highest level.

He is also the business psychology and wellbeing lead at Aspire2Be, a learning technology company which, using AI methodology, co-creates digital solutions for clients in education, sport and business.

And he is the business psychology and programme developer at One Step North, where he develops wellbeing and personal development programmes for both public and private sector organisations, using insights from the fields of neuroscience and behavioural economics. 

He is also a visiting Fellow of the University of South Wales.  

Cath Bishop

Senior Performance Consultant & Keynote Speaker

Dr Catherine Bishop PhD is a senior performance consultant and leadership speaker at the leadership consultancy Will It Make The Boat Go Faster. Here, she draws on her experience from two high pressure careers - as an Olympic rower and a senior diplomat specialising in conflict stabilisation – to inspire world-class performance in individuals and teams. 

As a rower, Cath won the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. She also spent a decade as a British diplomat in Bosnia and Iraq which equipped her with the highest level of strategy-building, resilience and determination to do her job in the face of danger and adversity.

Cath is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and a spokeswoman for the Women’s Sports Trust. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Surrey University Business School, and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and the University of Wales Aberystwyth. She has also been a rowing commentator for Eurosport, the BBC Boat Races and Henley Royal Regatta.