I currently act as a High Performance Advisor to World Rugby, working with nine tier 2 Unions, ensuring that their Performance Programmes are World Class and provide the best platform for sustained improvement and success.
Formrely I was the Head of Performance Support for British Cycling (2015-17), leading a team of over 20 science and medicine experts, who provide a meaningful performance contribution to the success of GB Olympic Riders (12 medals at the Rio Olympics). Prior to this I was Head of Speed and Power Sports for the English Institute of Sport. (2013-15)
Member of the Management for the England Rugby Team from 2002 to 2012, with GB Basketball in 2013, and the Georgian National Rugby Team in 2015, I have written and delivered fitness programmes to top players, worked at four Rugby World Cups and raised standards of player preparation across the sport. Employed by the Rugby Football Union as Senior National Fitness Coach I led a team of full time fitness coaches and numerous sport science, nutrition and rehabilitation consultants.
From 1990 - 2002 I worked with many of our top track and field athletes, most notably the javelin thrower Steve Backley.
I was employed by UK-Athletics as Head of Strength & Conditioning and worked across the sport helping athletes and coaches
to design more effective training programmes.
I have consulted across many other sports including golf and football and am confident that my experience with a range of elite sports people places me well to assist you with your own performance aspirations.
I have always been fascinated by the human body and how athletes make the best use of theirs to entertain the world with incredible feats of athletic performance. To give learning to this fascination, I studied Sport Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, have a B.Sc. in Sport Science and both an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biomechanics. While researching for my higher degrees I also lectured to Sport Science students and supervised M.Sc. students.
Eventhough I now know more about physical performance, my passion for learning is as keen as ever.
Over 25 years working in elite sport, combined with my academic background has placed me well to advise on all aspects of physical preparation. I also understand how culture affects team sport and how the attitude of an athlete, along with their physical preparedness will determine their ultimate success. I also understand how to positively affect these things to maximise the chances of a team or individual’s success. Nonetheless, I also know that I haven’t got all of the answers to an individual or team’s problems. My significant time in elite sport has me connected with a host of experts around the world who are specialists in their fields of human performance.
If I don’t have the answers to your performance questions, I will know someone who will and I'll make the introduction for you.