Carolyn Radford

CEO @ Mansfield Town FC

Carolyn Radford

CEO @ Mansfield Town FC

Carolyn Radford is the chief executive officer at Mansfield Town Football Club, she is one of only two female CEOs in professional football and is the youngest in the country.

After graduating with a Politics degree from the prestigious University of Durham, Carolyn worked alongside the most senior leaders at Bulgari SpA and Gucci Group. Carolyn has recently completed a master’s degree in Professional Legal Practice.

She has helped mastermind the club’s return to the English Football League and has transformed the club’s previously plummeting finances, to become a business that is now expected to become profitable this financial year (2016-2017). Along with her position at Mansfield Town Football Club, Carolyn is a director of One Call Insurance, beauty salon 'Beauty at Doncaster', and works at OCL Solicitors.

Melissa Payne

Vice President, Head of Technical Operations, Media Rights & Distribution @ IMG

Melissa Payne

Vice President, Head of Technical Operations, Media Rights & Distribution @ IMG

Melissa Payne, boasts 23 years’ experience within the Sports television industry, working in the production, technical and commercial sector.

Melissa has covered many of the biggest events in the world of sport, from: Tennis ATP/WTA Grand slams, Football, Commonwealth Games, IAAF Athletics, Rugby, The Open Golf … to name a few on the ground sports.

Melissa has also overseen many nautical disciplines such as the H20 series: F1 powerboats, Class One and Aqua-bikes, Sailing offshore to inshore, round the world and fleet racing - The America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, World Match Racing Tour and the Extreme Sailing Series from a production and/or Television distribution stand-point.

Jane Purdon

Head of Governance and Leadership @ UK Sport

Jane Purdon

Head of Governance and Leadership @ UK Sport

Jane qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and joined Sunderland Association Football Club as Club Secretary in 2001. Jane was Sunderland’s first ever in-house lawyer, and one of the first at any Premier League football club. Jane became the first Director of Governance in 2011 at the Premier League.

In 2015, Jane joined UK Sport as Head of Governance and Leadership. Jane’s work as Head of Governance and Leadership is to support the sports governing bodies in which UK Sport invests to achieve high standards of governance, to ensure that they fit to receive public funds and that their governance and leadership positively impact on and support success. Together with Sport England, Jane played a leading role in the drafting of the Code for Sports Governance, and working with the British sport sector to drive compliance with the Code (which is mandatory for sports organisations in receipt of public funding).

Chester King

Founder and CEO @ British Esports Association

Chester King

Founder and CEO @ British Esports Association

Chester founded the ‘British Esports Association’ in March 2016 with authority from the UK Government, as the national body for esports.

Chester is a co-owner of the International Group and has over 24 years senior management experience in the advertising, marketing, sports, esports and leisure industries. International Group owns Stoke Park, the UK’s leading Country Club, Spa and Hotel and International Hospitals Group (IHG).

Chester’s clients have included Wembley Stadium (2005 to 2017), the MCC and RFU. Chester is a special advisor to MARV Films - who created Layer Cake, Kick-Ass and the Kingsman films.

Chester is a tennis member of AELTC (Wimbledon) and supports the charity SportsAid.

Phil Smith

Director of Sport @ Sport England

Phil Smith

Director of Sport @ Sport England

As Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith has responsibility for several areas of the business. In addition to managing long term investments of several hundred million pounds in various sporting bodies, and giving the subsequent advice to achieve results, Phil leads the organisation’s work in talent development and performance, club and workforce development, volunteering and coaching, equality and diversity and improved governance. He also oversees the communication, media and public affairs functions.

Phil joined Sport England in 2008 from The Football Association, where his professional career started after Euro ‘96 as the General Secretary of the County FA in Manchester. His football career took him through various roles in the game before becoming The FA’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, responsible for football industry policy in relation to Government in both the UK and international bodies.

Sara Symington

Performance Director @ England Netball

Sara Symington

Performance Director @ England Netball

Sara Symington has been Performance Director at England Netball since 2015 after a 6-year stint as Performance Director at Archery GB. Other roles have included Performance Advisor at UK Sport, Business Manager at Zurich Global Insurance, a Police Officer & a professional athlete. Her education includes a B.Sc in Sports Science & Social Science & a M.Sc in Sport Science (physiology bias). Most notable achievements include representing GBR at both triathlon & cycling – the latter involved two Olympic Games & two Commonwealth Games in road cycling, & multiple world championships (road & track). Sara was the first female to podium at World Cup level for GBR in 1998 & continues to challenge herself outside work (when time allows!) in endurance based sports ranging from half ironman’s to adventure races & individualised coaching’. In 2018 this involves an entry into the London Marathon for ‘Cancer Research’.

Stuart Fuller

Chairman @ Lewes FC

Stuart Fuller

Chairman @ Lewes FC

Stuart is the Chairman of Lewes Community Football Club, one of the most forward thinking and respected Football Clubs in England. In July 2017, Lewes FC hit the headlines with their announcement that they would be paying their Women's side the same as their Men's side, becoming the first semi-professional club in the world to do so.

Stuart also holds positions on the board of directors at The Isthmian League and Supporters Direct as well as being a published author on Football Tourism. He is also an expert on intellectual property matters including the cause and effect of counterfeiting & digital piracy.

Georgina Faulkner

Head of Multi Sport @ Sky

Georgina Faulkner

Head of Multi Sport @ Sky

Georgie started out as a producer at Sky, 15 years ago, where her achievements included heading up the prestigious Sports Woman of the Year Awards for three years. She began working part-time ten years ago, in order to spend more time with her children and make regular visits to see her father, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2016, Georgie became the network’s first-ever female Head of Sports while working four days a week, after Sky renegotiated the position and the structure of the senior team to make the role work for her. She now leads a team of 28, creating multi-platform sports content for 22 million customers in five countries. The Sports covered include Tennis, NFL, Darts, Netball and GAA to name a few.

Marzena Bodganowicz

Head of Marketing and Commercial, Women’s Football @ The Football Association

Marzena Bodganowicz

Head of Marketing and Commercial, Women’s Football @ The Football Association

Marzena joined The FA in April 2017, to deliver integrated marketing and commercial support to the women’s game across the whole organisation. This involves leading and coordinating a cross-functional team on all aspects of the women’s game across marketing, commercial, digital and communications. She is currently a non-executive board member of British Gymnastics.

In the previous 10 years, Marzena was managing director of her own consultancy, b-focused ltd, specialising in sports marketing, sponsorship and event management. Clients included Team GB, Youth Sport Trust, British Rowing and Panasonic, among others. She led the management and coordination of large-scale events such as the Team GB FanZones 2016, Birmingham Rugby World Cup Fan Zone 2015, the London 2012 Live Sites Network, 2008 Visa Handover in The Mall, London and 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, London.

Prior to b-focused, Marzena spent 10 years as the inaugural director of marketing at the British Olympic Association (BOA) where she built and managed the BOA’s first commercial and marketing department. During her time at the BOA, she was also the architect of the Team GB brand.

Minal Modha

Research Manager @ Nielsen Sports

Minal Modha

Research Manager @ Nielsen Sports

Minal is a Research Manager at Nielsen Sports and Entertainment and has managed global and UK market research projects for clients including the Premier League, Bacardi Martini, AEG and the National Theatre.

Prior to Nielsen, Minal worked at Octagon and talkSPORT in commercial and brand research roles with leading brands and rights holders such as the Premier League, UEFA, NFL UK, and AIG. In these roles the focus was on commercial consultancy and sales targeting for rights holders and sponsorship and marketing evaluation for brands.

Lyndon Roberts

Director @ Inclusion in Sport Ltd

Lyndon Roberts

Director @ Inclusion in Sport Ltd

Lyndon Roberts, Director of Inclusion in Sport Ltd, has a wealth of experience in equality, diversity and inclusion in sport. Lyndon spent 18 months supporting Premier League and EFL clubs with their equality, diversity and inclusion projects, including the Premier League Equality Standard. This included delivering training to 800 professionals working across professional football. Lyndon is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Derby on equality, diversity and inclusion in sport and has worked for organisations such as Cerebral Palsy Sport, Derby County FC, British Triathlon and England Netball on equality, diversity and inclusion projects.

Preeti Shetty

Head of Upshot @ Football Foundation

Preeti Shetty

Head of Upshot @ Football Foundation

Preeti is the Head of Upshot at The Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity funded by The Premier League, The Football Association and the Government. Upshot, The Foundation's online performance management system to over 750 organisations across the UK and internationally. Preeti focuses her efforts on proving the difference sport makes to people's lives through impact measurement and evaluation.

Preeti has worked in the sport for social change space for over 10 years, starting off at BBC Sport and working for various national and international NGOs and brands. She has an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths and a Masters from Birkbeck, University of London. A well-respected figure in the sport for development space, Preeti was named one of The Sport Industry Group Next Generation Leaders in Sport in 2016 and co-chairs the BOND International Sport for Development coalition.

Nuala Walsh

Member of The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board & UN Women

Nuala Walsh

Member of The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board & UN Women

Nuala is a strategic advisor and former consultant with a 26-year track record of globalising businesses, commercialising and repositioning brands at some of the world's largest financial services companies including Blackrock, Standard Life Investments and Merrill Lynch. She has managed a diverse portfolio of sponsorships across tennis, rugby, golf and racing including the Ryder Cup; British & Irish Lions; Champions Tour; Andy Murray and Goodwood.

She is currently a member of The FA's Inclusion Advisory Board; the Board of UN Women; the IAAF Gender Taskforce and the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments' Ethics Committee. Nuala started her career as a Strategy & Transformation Consultant at PA Consulting with her most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Standard Life Aberdeen. Nuala has been named amongst FN’s Top100 Most Influential Women in Finance and the Top 50 Most Innovative CMOs. She has a first class Masters Degree in Business Studies.

Lindi Ngwenya

Director @ Sisu Sport Management

Lindi Ngwenya

Director @ Sisu Sport Management

Lindi Ngwenya set up Sisu Sports Management in 2013 with a mission to mentor and manage talent from underserved and overlooked areas. This has seen her focus on women’s football and on African football where she has organized talent identification tournaments and negotiated a number of international transfers for both malec and female players.

Prior to embarking on a career in sports, Lindi served as an Army Officer in the Royal Engineers where she was one of the first female officers to serve in a combat support role and this was followed by a career of over a decade in the financial markets as a credit trader where she was a Vice President at Barclays and Credit Suisse. Her experience has given her a good understanding of some of the highs and lows in business and life. Lessons that she is happy to pass on to anyone polite enough listen!