Are you a sports leader looking to stay ahead of the curve in the industry? Look no further! Our virtual event is the perfect opportunity for you to connect with other industry leaders, gain valuable insights, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends in and developments in the world of women’s sports.
Jess is an experienced, fun & passionate presenter. She’s worked extensively in netball, women’s sport and covered events including cricket, football and rugby. A trained Broadcast Journalist comfortable in front of the camera and live audience who balances presenting with running environmental start-up Carbon Jacked
David studied Sport Science at college and Sport Studies at university. In late 2003 he started his own Personal Training business and fell into Education and Training because he could not grow his business because he could not find anyone with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to employ.
In 2004, whilst still running his Personal Training business, David worked at a college developing sport and physical activity qualifications and training whilst working with employers for the next 6 years. Fusing both education and physical activity work within the Sport and Leisure sector and understanding the needs of employer and the importance of workforce development.
In January 2010, David took a role as a Senior Manager for commercial development at a large college and in late 2012 he felt it was time again to go back to starting another business and joined a Learning Foundation, whose mission was to completely focus on employer led skills training. In August 2013, David founded Creative Sport & Leisure Ltd adopting a GTA model and became the Managing Director and in July 2017 became the 100% shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of the company.
David created the CSL Group which is a collection of businesses that draws upon their own specialisms within their market and come together to complement one another. This enables the group to function in a cost effective and sustainable way by drawing upon individual expertise and strengths as and when required to ensure an efficient and professional service is delivered to its common but wide ranging of customers, employers, stakeholders and learners. The group has a direct focus on sport, physical activity, education and skills sectors
David is also a Chief Officer and Founding Director of the Essex Provider Network, which represents Colleges and Training Providers throughout Greater Essex. He works on behalf of the provider network to lobby at national level including central Government to give a voice to Essex Training providers.
David also became a partnership Governor of a local school in 2014 and then spent a lot of his time at the school focusing on funding and finance and then subsequently became the Chair of Finance and then Chair of Governors. In 2017, David became the Chair of Trust and took the legal responsibility for the school.
In 2021 David become approved by the Secretary of State for Education as the founding proprietor of a newly approved DfE Independent Special School for Social Emotional Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder for Boys aged 12-16yrs. The school focuses on a sports curriculum for social change. David is one the main shareholders of Omnia Sports Group which the portfolio Omnia Media sits within and owns Everything In Sport Conferences.
David and his wife also have a huge passion for supporting Mental Health and working in communities to drive positive wellbeing through B mindful a company founded by his wife.
Through the exposure to physical activity and sport from a young age, David has been able to use the skills learnt from being part of a team and leading teams in a sporting and physical activity context and uses these transferrable skills in business through his management and leadership styles. He strongly believes ‘The team is greater than the individual’ and working in partnership is a key driver to success.
When not working, you’ll find David enjoying spending time with his family, travelling, walking his dogs, playing football, volunteering by supporting others in the community and by giving back his knowledge and experience. He can be found generally outside either in the garden or building something, usually with the kids!
Annamarie Phelps CBE OLY Co-Chair, International Working Group on Women and Sport’s Global Executive; Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association and an advocate for safe and inclusive sport for all. Former Chair of British Rowing, the British Horseracing Authority and former Vice Chair of the British Paralympic Association, she helped steer all organisations through considerable change in structure and governance. She is President of European Rowing and a member of the ExCo of the European Olympic Committees.
Annamarie chaired the Cycling Independent Review Panel into the culture and climate of British Cycling’s high-performance programmes and supported the DCMS ‘Duty of Care Report’, 2017. She is an Associate Consultant to Safe Sport International and serves on the Governance and Safeguarding working groups for World Rowing. Annamarie is a former World Champion in Rowing and represented GB in Women’s eights at Atlanta Olympic Games 1996.
Joanne is proud to be listed on the Northern Power Womens Future top 50 list, and is the Head of Diversity, Equity(DE&I) & Inclusiveness EY UK. Joanne previously led the Global DE&I strategy for EY. She completed a Masters in HR Management with a dissertation in Psychological Safety in minority groups. Joanne is a school governor and guest lecturer at Salford University. She is studying culture and privilege as a Doctorate student with Cranfield University. When not working or studying Joanne spends her time on the football side-lines supporting her daughter and son who play for local teams and her holidays are now influenced by which football stadium the family want to visit! Joanne is an advocate for equality for all and has a particular interest in inclusion in football and levelling the playing field for girls and young women in football.
Rowena Samarasinhe is a commercial sports lawyer and businesswoman. Alongside managing commercial consultancy, GENSport, she is a Partner at Level Law, Expert Partner at Portas Consulting and is CEO of World 12s, an innovative new rugby tournament.
Having spent most of her career working primarily on the commercialisation of major events for international federations, her focus now is on developing authentic, innovative, and value-based commercial strategies and partnerships and she has worked with several high-profile athletes and sports teams around the globe. Rowena is passionate about changing perceptions within the industry and her own experiences both personal and professional have given her a unique perspective of sport from grassroots to high performance to the boardroom.
Rowena is also a member of the National Sports Council of Sri Lanka, and she is on the board of several organisations, including: the PSA World Tour; CIMPSA; and leadership advisory firm, Equiida
Prior to founding MEA Consulting, Anju gained 12 years of experience working within Investment Banking for Citigroup, Lloyds and Barclays where she successfully built her own franchise.
Having spent the majority of her career working on a trading floor, which demands women tap into their alpha personalities, Anju became increasingly passionate about the gender inequalities which women face, and this passion was further augmented when she became a mother.
Anju aspires for her daughter to grow up into a world in which organisations embrace female talent at all stages of a woman’s life. Anju has three sisters and was raised singly by her mother who dedicated her life to raising her four daughters, yet also achieved three universities degrees and worked all hours to support their dreams.
Anju believes ambitious and hardworking women are extraordinary assets to any team and organisation.
Billie is the Women in Esports Manager at the British Esports Federation, working at the forefront of the Women in Esports Initiative. The initiative aims to promote and raise awareness of diversity and inclusion in esports through its four key pillars, Competition, Community, Education and Safer Space.
Coming from a sports and fitness background, Billie has spent the past year in esports in roles such as events management and community management. She is passionate about making esports accessible to all, being able to provide equal opportunities and further promoting diversity in the esports industry.
Dr Emma Ross was, until recently, the Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport, supporting practitioners working across Olympic and Paralympic sports and leading the EIS Female Athlete Programme. This programme aimed to empower coaches, athletes and sports practitioners to better understand the exercising female, how to capitalise and cope with her physiology and psychology in the context of sport. Emma recently co-founded The Well HQ, to continue this mission to tackle the taboo’s, educate and empower people in sport and beyond, about topics such as periods and the menstrual cycle, breast health, pelvic floor health and what it takes for girls and women to thrive in sport, in health and in life. Emma is a Fellow of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, sits on the Chartered Institute for Physical Activity and Sport Professional Development Board, is an external examiner for the University of Portsmouth and is on the Business Advisory Board for the University of Southampton. In 2021 Emma was awarded the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Changemaker Award for her work to make sport better for girls and women.
Lorin Hamlin joined Under Armour in 2011 to manage the grand opening of the state-of-the art Innovation Lab, and serve as legal liaison between Innovation and the UA business units. She has built out that role to include business development, with a special interest in sports tech accelerator programs. Lorin now leads the Open Innovation practice at Under Armour, searching for the new and next idea to make all athletes better.
Sandra E. Lopez is VP/GM/CMO of Microsoft’s Advertising Business where she is responsible for accelerating the business within the digital industry.
In her role, her team is focused on driving effective marketing position, business, and share growth, as well as delivering on revenue. Lopez is also the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on VR/AR/XR. And currently serves as an advisor to Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) and Americas 250.
Previously, she was responsible for ushering Intel into the immersive media segment as well as managed the fashion wearable business for Intel’s New Technology Group. Earlier in her Intel career, Lopez held various roles within corporate marketing, including director of new business marketing and consumer marketing.
Over the course of her career, Lopez has received numerous recognitions, including “, “Top 100 Women in Technology” (Technology Magazine), “2021 Power Women” (NY Moves Magazine), “Most Powerful Women in Tech” (National Diversity Council), “Top Women in Sports” (AdWeek), Top Ten Influencers in Technology” (SportsPro) , “Game Changer” (Sports Business Journal), “Top 10 Latina Executives” (LatinaStyle), and “Most Influential and Notable Hispanic Professionals in Information Technology” (HiTec).
Prior to joining Intel in 2005, Lopez held various positions at Adobe Systems Inc., Macromedia, Computer Associates International Inc. and several other technology companies.
Lopez earned a B.S. in Economics and Textiles and Clothing from the University of California at Davis. In addition, she attended the Stanford’s Executive Accelerator Program in 2016. As part of contributing to the community, she is focused on building the next generation of women leaders.