Learning from sport: truly transferable-skills to take from outfield to office

It is often asserted that people who compete, or who have competed, in sport, work better towards team goals, have a greater aversion to failure and have higher levels of self-confidence and self-respect. Former and current athletes discuss.



Charles Cousins

Business Development Director, Passle

Charles Cousins is Business Development Director at Passle, the sales and marketing platform that enables organisations to create content to drive business.

Previously, Charles was an athlete with the GB Rowing Team. He competed at multiple World Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being part of the ground-breaking Men’s Quadruple Scull, who secured Britain’s first-ever World Championship medal in this event.

At Passle, Charles applies the lessons he learned in his competitive sport career to help develop and grow the business.

Ioannis Kalargaris

Development Engineer, Caterpillar Inc

Ioannis Kalargaris PhD is a development engineer with Caterpillar Inc, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

Previously, Ioannis was a professional swimmer who competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

After retiring, he achieved a PhD in Chemical Engineering, focusing on energy recovery from waste plastics and alternative fuels.

John Treharne

Former England squash player John Treharne is the Founder Director of The Gym Group. Under John’s leadership the business, which pioneered the low-cost gym membership model, became the first UK health and fitness group to debut on the London Stock Exchange in over 15 years.

Today, The Gym Group has over 190 sites nationwide seeing 20 million gym visits in 2019, with a membership of over 900,000.

Kay Searcy

Kay Searcy is a Saracen’s Women’s 1st team player where she is a key squad member. She is also a project officer for Sport for Social Change with Herts Sports Partnership.

Kay has a Masters in Sports Policy from Bedfordshire University.