Speakers


Sir Clive Woodward
2003 World Cup Winning Coach & Director of Sport Team GB: London 2012, Vancouver 2010, Beijing 2008

Sir Clive Woodward is the World Cup winning Head Coach who led England’s rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003. A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, during Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.

In 2006 Clive joined the British Olympic Association. As Team GB’s Director of Sport he worked in close partnership with key stakeholders in British Sport to support the national coaches and athletes at the Beijing & Vancouver Olympics as well as deliver Team GB’s most successful Olympic Games in the modern era at London 2012. Clive is also the Founding Partner and Chairman of Hive Learning –a digital workspace that helps leading organisations and coaching professionals maximise the impact of their investments in training and development.


Sam Quek
Olympic Gold Medallist , GB Hockey

Sam Quek plays as a defender for both England and Great Britain's hockey teams. She won gold, playing a key role as part of the British team at the 2016 Summer Olympics, who beat the Netherlands on a penalty shoot-out. She competed in the Rio Olympic Games, winning her 50th cap for Great Britain in the process, with more than 125 combined for both England and GB. Sam was also part of the England Hockey team who won a Gold Medal at the European Championships in August 2015 in London. Sam notably won Man of the Match in the final vs the Netherlands, who were reigning World and Olympic Champions at the time. 

Having won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and Sam received an MBE alongside her Team GB teammates in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List, and she also appeared on the popular I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here in the same year.


Jazmin Sawyers
Olympic Long Jumper, Team GB

Jazmin (Jazz) Sawyers competed in the long jump final at the Rio Olympic Games having qualified as the 2016 British Champion. She finished 8th in what was her first taste of Olympic competition having just turned 22. Although Jazz’s burning ambition meant that she was unhappy with her final result in Rio, it represented yet another addition to what was a remarkable 2016 for her. During her time in Rio she was selected by Vogue as one of the top 5 most stylish athletes at the Games, she won a silver medal at the European Championships finishing the year ranked in the top 6 in the world at her discipline, she completed a degree in Law and, last but not least, competed on the most recent series of The Voice (singing and song writing being Jazz’s other passion).

Jazz’s personal philosophy focuses on female empowerment and independence. She manages her time effectively through strict, compartmentalised focus to achieve excellence in each of her talents using yoga as her choice of realignment whenever needed – which is quite often due to her boundless energy!


Clare McDonnell
Journalist and Broadcaster, BBC Worldwide and Radio 5 Live

Clare is an award-winning Radio and TV presenter. She can be heard currently on BBC Radio 5 Live alongside Nicky Campbell on the Breakfast Show and across the network on a variety of other programmes. Clare has worked at the highest level of broadcast journalism for many years now, hosting her own programmes on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and working as a TV Reporter on BBC3’s cult nightly entertainment news programme ‘Liquid News’. Clare has also hosted many high-profile awards ceremonies, and she has acted as a conference facilitator and interviewer.


Di Dougherty
TV Presenter, Reporter, Sky Sports

Di’s involvement with golf spans from covering both European Tour and PGA Tour events to presenting the opening and closing ceremonies of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014 and at Celtic Manor in 2010 in front of an audience of over 100 million.

As a highly skilled sportswoman herself, Di still plays golf regularly and is passionate about the difference sport can make to the next generation.

Di Dougherty is a television presenter, reporter, corporate events host and MC. With more than 10 years’ experience working in television, Di has become a familiar face on Sky Sports, conducting live sporting interviews across a variety of sports on a daily basis.


Nick Dougherty
Sky Sports Presenter & Lynx Ambassador

Nick is a 3 time European tour winner and former Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year winner. He represented GB&I in three Seve Trophies and was victorious on all three occasions.

He remains passionate about growing the game and is now a TV presenter for Sky Sports hosting Golf from the PGA and European Tour.


Phil Smith
Director of Sport, Sport England

As the Director of Sport, Phil Smith has responsibility for Sport England’s investments in various sporting bodies, and giving the subsequent advice to achieve results. The organisation aims to grow the number of people regularly playing sport, while maximising international and domestic sporting success and helping the sport sector to become more productive, sustainable and responsible.

Phil leads the teams covering talent development and performance, club and workforce development, volunteering and coaching and equality and diversity. In recent years he has been responsible for Sport England’s relationships with National Governing Bodies of Sport and has helped them in their transformation from traditional member bodies into well governed, customer-focused, insight-driven organisations. During that time, he has been a Board Director of both the Football Foundation and Sports Coach UK.

Phil joined Sport England in 2008 from The Football Association, where his professional career started in 1996 as the General Secretary of the County FA in Manchester, moving through various roles in the administration of football, before becoming The FA’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, responsible for FA policy for English football in relation to Government in both the UK and EU.


Zella King
Co-Founder & CEO, Personal Boardroom


Zella is co-founder of Personal Boardroom, a company that helps people build their networks in a practical, structured way, focusing on quality not quantity of connections. The Personal Boardroom approach has been used in many well-known companies to develop leaders and accelerate women into senior roles.

Before creating Personal Boardroom with executive coach Amanda Scott, Zella was a business school professor at Henley Business School. Her research on careers and networks has been published in top academic journals and she is a co-author of the book Who is in your Personal Boardroom?  

Zella began her career in consulting for Accenture and then worked in corporate finance at Schroders. She has a BA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London.


Karen Mattison, MBE
Joint CEO, Timewise

With more than 10 years of experience, Timewise is the UK’s first market place for candidates who want some flexibility on where and when they work, running multiple services: a jobs board, as well as a content site showcasing flexible work in practice and consultancy and training services. Karen and her co-founder Emma Stewart have both been made MBEs for their work, named as two of the UK's most radical thinkers by the Observer; are Management Today magazine ‘Small Business Heroes’ and have been listed by Real Business magazine as one of the ’12 leading social entrepreneurs to watch’.

Karen campaigns to prove that flexible work also means committed, ambitious and business-critical. Five years ago, she launched the Power Part Time list in the Financial Times – a roll call of 50 men and women who work in senior roles on less than full five days. In 2016, she put the issue of flexible hiring – flexible working from day one - on the wider agenda with the launch of Hire Me My Way – a national campaign to grow the UK’s flexible jobs market, and bring new hope to the millions of skilled flexible workers excluded from the UK’s jobs market.


Anna Whitehouse a.k.a. Mother Pukka

Fashion editor and copywriter, Anna previously worked as the Vice Editor at Time Out Amsterdam and has also written for the likes of Shortlist, Stylist and L’Oreal.

Currently, Anna is better known as stylish and sassy social media force for news, events and reviews – being especially heralded for her ability to inspire thousands of followers, some of whom happen to be parents, with her take on managing a work/life balance. 

Recently Anna launched the impressive #FlexAppeal campaign : ‘fighting for flexible working in global brands and encouraging companies to sign up to the government’s ‘Working Forward’ pledge.’


Helen Mahy CBE
Non Executive Director, SSE


Helen Mahy CBE joined the board of SSE plc in March 2016 as a non executive director. She is also chairman of The Renewables Infrastructure Company, a London listed investment company. Helen is a non executive director of SVG Capital plc and Bonheur ASA, a Norwegian company, and she will join the board of MedicX Fund Ltd, a London listed property fund, in April 2017.

Helen qualified as a lawyer and was from 2003 to 2013 Group Company Secretary and General Counsel of National Grid plc. She was also global executive sponsor there of inclusion anddiversity, a subject about which she is passionate.

Helen has also sat on the boards of Aga Rangemaster Group plc and Stagecoach Group plc. She is a member of the steering board of the Parker review into ethnic minorities on boards. She is a qualified coach and active in mentoring, particularly high potential women.


Stephanie Zinser
CEO/Owner Lynx Golf

With an academic background in Pure Science and a BSc (Hons) Psychology, Stephanie initially worked in City Investment House Samuel Montagu & Co Ltd (now HSBC Private Bank) as one of their first female Financiers, personally raising and being responsible for the syndication of over £1.25 bn of debt funding in only her second year there.

Stephanie has enjoyed a multi-disciplinary career path, having a second career as a regular feature writer for nation daily papers including the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Sunday Times and for WebMD, and later authored the internationally-acclaimed book ‘The Good Gut Guide’ (HarperCollins, 2003).

While raising her three daughters she also worked voluntarily in the charity sector first as CEO of HeartLine in the 1990’s and then as a Trustee of St Mark’s Hospital Foundation from 2000-2006.

She now owns and runs Lynx Golf with husband Steve Elford, a job which is happily utilising to its fullest her combined work and life experiences.

 


Carin Koch
2015 Solheim Cup Captain & Syngenta Golf Ambassador

Carin Koch is a professional golfer and a multiple winner on the LET and LPGA tours, as well as the 2015 Solheim Cup Captain for Team Europe.   She turned professional in 1992 and has enjoyed a very successful career, competing in four Solheim Cup teams, as well as winning the inaugural World Cup of Golf, representing Sweden in 2000.

Carin, who plays golf regularly with her two children, has a genuine, deeply-held desire to see more women and girls playing golf, and is passionate about participation within the sport.

Carin joined Syngenta as its Golf Ambassador in 2015, impressed with its commitment to help golf clubs and courses understand their customers and increase participation, a cause she wholeheartedly believes in.  Carin now works closely with Syngenta in its ongoing support of golf clubs and courses, and its industry-wide initiatives aimed at ‘Unlocking Golf’s True Potential’

 


Carlee Hardaker
Global Consumer & Market Intelligence Leader, Aston Martin


Carlee runs the Global Customer and Market Intelligence function at Aston Martin, representing the voice of the customer and putting the customer at the heart of the business. Using global insights to inform decision making to ensure that we remain a globally relevant brand and make products that meet the needs of both today's and the future customer. I also run the Female Advisory Board (FAB), an initiative to broaden the appeal of Aston Martin among the female buyer.