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MSD Advisory Board

Gordon Lord, Head of Professional Coach Development at the Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Gordon is currently the Head of Professional Coach Development at the RFU.  He spent 25 years at the ECB where he wass responsible for the development and leadership of the ECB’s Level 4 “Master Coach” Award and associated CPD opportunities and for Succession Planning for all Elite Coaching roles within England Cricket. He provided and facilitated Mentor and Coaching support to Coaches in the First Class and International arena and to coaches identified within the ECB’s Succession Plans.

In addition Gordon is an advisor to UK Sport on their Elite Programme and works with a number of other sports and business organisations on Coach and Leadership development. A former First Class Cricketer with Warwickshire and Worcestershire, he joined the Governing Body as a National Coach in 1992. During his career, as a player, coach and Coach Developer,he has accrued many fascinating insights into the human condition and into Performance


The world’s longest established professional sportsperson’s union. The PFA is there to protect, improve and negotiate the conditions, rights and status of all professional players.

Oshor Williams is the driving force behind the PFA “Achievement through Sport” project which aims to promote the learning agenda throughout the Association.

Diane Modhal

Diane is one of Britain’s most successful 800m runners. She won a Gold Medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, and followed this up with a further Silver and Bronze Medal. She has also competed in 4 Olympic Games, 1988 in Seoul, 1992 in Barcelona, 1996 in Atlanta and 2000 in Sydney. Diane is both the former British and Commonwealth Record Holder.

Her determination, perseverance and strength were well documented on the track but she had to muster all her reserves off the track to deal with being falsely accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs. It was a battle that tore her whole life apart, but one that she finally won and after being proved innocent in 1996. Such was her determination she went on to win another medal in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and returned to her position as one of Britain’s best ever 800m runners.

In 2010 Diane established the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation (DMSF) a registered charity. It champions undiscovered talent and brings high quality athletics coaching and mentoring opportunities to both able-bodied and disabled young people, particularly those living in some of the poorest areas across the UK.

Diane is an inspiration to all that meet her, and in her presentations she talks passionately about what it takes to get to the very top of your career, whilst reflecting on some of the barriers that were put in her way and how she bounced back from them.

Neuroscience Practitioners’ Guild

Dr Stephen Rhys Thomas

The professional network dedicated to translating neuroscience research into practical tools and techniques for leadership and personal growth…

Implementing brain-based management methods to transform organizational life.

From education to business, sports to the arts, we put neuroscience to work.

Sports Coach UK

The central agency for coaching, Sports Coach UK work to support the development of their coaching systems.

Andy Grant at Sports Coach UK is an innovative problem-solver on all things sport with a record of generating new solutions and implementing cutting-edge programmes and systems.

Executives in Sport

Darren Simmons

Executives in Sport Talent Management and Recruitment Consultancy have unrivalled insight into the Sporting Director role. Seeing the role evolve and prevail in recent years, they provide the course with valuable insight on the role of a Sporting Director across a broad range of sports.

Rugby Coaches Association

Phil Davies

Phil is best known as one of Wales’ most capped rugby union forwards. Over a 15 year playing career he’s played for the British Lions, captained the Welsh team 46 times, played over 350 games for Llanelli and more recently been Director of Rugby Leeds, Llanelli Scarlets and Cardiff Blues.

Phil has also followed a second career in professional Rugby Union, becoming an experienced and respected coach and Director of Rugby.