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CarlosDeCarcerCarlos de Cárcer, Director – Red Deporte y Cooperación
Carlos is Founder and CEO of “Sport and Cooperation Network”, one of the very first Sport for Development organizations, started in 1999 and based in Spain and US. Carlos has 15 years of experience on program development in more than 15 countries. From his personal perspective and experience, he really believes in the power of sport to bring positive change, unite people and raise the best of each one of us.
FilipLundbergFilip Lundberg, Head of Sustainability – Djurgårdens IF Fotboll
Educated at Sodertorn University (Stockholm), the University of Queensland and Washington State University. The concept of Djurgården spirit has gone from concept to reality and is now active in multiple locations around Stockholm.
HubertRoversHubert Rovers, Chair – European Football for Development Network (EFDN)
EFDN is a Network of 16 European football clubs and affiliated CSR foundations engaged in community development. EFDN members act as multipliers, using football as a sustainable tool to promote health, inclusion, education and employability, with the EFDN Foundation supporting exchange of knowledge through bi-annual seminars, an online knowledge platform and international youth exchanges.
IljaVanHolsteijnIlja van Holsteijn, Senior Manager – Johan Cruyff Foundation
After graduating at Leiden University, Ilja obtained the Master in Sports Management at the Johan Cruyff Institute. Ilja’s aim is to activate youth and to create more places for youth to play in their own neighbourhood together with local and national government, local organizations. Improving youth participation through sports.
IvoGormleyIvo Gormley, Founder – GoodGym
GoodGym is a group of runners who run to do good. Previously, Ivo consulted and advised on user participation for technology startups and public services in the UK and US. Ivo directed the documentary film Us Now, an exploration of participatory culture. The film has been broadcast around the world, including Channel 4 in the UK, translated into 24 languages and watched by millions online. He has presented his work to governments worldwide including the French National Assembly, The Hague, the European Union, The Houses of Parliament (UK) and Washington DC.
JohnShielsJohn Shiels, Director of Operations – Manchester United Foundation
Creating and developing strategy around the growth of the Manchester United Foundation from a local to global entity. Working and creating pro-active positive partnerships. Developing innovative and authentic programmes. John is passionate about creating opportunity for young people who through no fault of their own find themselves in a limited position.
KevinMooreKevin Moore, Director – National Football Museum
Leadership of the world’s greatest football museum, which is the permanent home of the world’s greatest football (soccer) collections, including the FIFA Museum Collection. In 2009 led the Museum into an exciting new £28.5 million partnership with Manchester City Council. The new National Football Museum opened in the Urbis Building in Manchester in July 2012 to critical acclaim. In the first 6 months the Museum attracted over 250,000 visitors, way ahead of target.
LawrenceCannLawrence Cann, Founder & CEO – Street Soccer USA
Also Director of Development and External Affairs, H.E.L.P. USA. Street Soccer USA is a sports for social change initiative proposing innovative, sports-based solutions to poverty and homelessness. Street Soccer USA works with partners in 17 US cities in all regions of the country to deliver sports based mentoring to homeless youth and adults. The annual Street Soccer USA Cup is first rating sporting event featuring teams from all partner cities.HELP USA is one of the largest providers of jobs, homes, and services to the homeless in the United States and is a national congressional model for supportive housing. Primarily based in New York, HELP USA is national organization with projects in several states.
LydiaGoodLydia Good, BreakThru Development Manager – Premiership Rugby
Leading Premiership Rugby’s BreakThru campaign, which harnesses the power of rugby to catalyse positive change in education, health and social inclusion. As part of the Community and CSR team, Lydia drives the development of programmes delivered at home and overseas by England’s 12 professional rugby clubs. Was involved in the Awards bid for Rugby Expo 2014 Community Programme of the Year.
MIchaelEdwardsMichael Edwards, Chief Executive – Albion in the Community
Senior Executive experienced in strategy, organisational change and governance. Leading one of the biggest football charities in the UK (60 full-time employees, 150 contractors). Albion in the Community delivers diverse programmes to over 50,000 people in the areas of sports participation, health, education and community cohesion. The charity’s work is funded by local authorities, schools, colleges, the NHS and central Government.
MikeGreenMike Green, Head of City in the Community – Manchester City Football Club
Head of City in the Community responsible for developing and implementing the Community Strategy on behalf of Manchester City FC. Currently overseeing 24 full time members of staff and a further 32 part time members of staff engaging with 250,000 contacts per year. Further responsibilities now include overseeing all community events, signed merchandise and all associated charitable activation.
NeilMorrisNeil Morris, Managing Director – Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation
Neil brought ice hockey back to Manchester with the Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club in 2003 after the collapse of Manchester Storm and has since fought to evolve not only the action on the ice but the actions off it. After forming the Manchester Phoenix Community Sports Foundation, it remains a heavy part of Neil’s day to day activities as it introduces so many young people to ice hockey through its roadshows and free group ticket invites.
NicoBriskornNico Briskorn, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility – VfL Wolfsburg
Educated at University of Leipzig (Sportmanagement). Various publications on CSR. A vital element of the CSR project is social responsibility, which VfL Wolfsburg enjoys as a Bundesliga club. Therefore VfL encourage and support projects for children in need all around the globe in cooperation with the international childrens fund terre des hommes.
NIckHarknessNick Harkness, Director of Participation & Facilities – Sport Northern Ireland
Nick trained as a teacher of Outdoor Education and has worked in various roles in sports development and management throughout his career. He worked as Director of Participation & Facilities in Sport NI for 12 years, with a professional team of up to 60 staff and an annual budget of up to £20m. Nick leads the Sport NI team that developed Sports Matters: NI Strategy for Sport & Physical 2009-19.
RebeccaLiveseyRebecca Livesey, Chief Executive – Eastlands Trust
The Eastlands Trust oversees the National Cycling Centre, National Squash Centre, Manchester Regional Arena, Sportcity Health & Fitness, Manchester Regional Gymnastics Centre, Manchester Tennis & Football Centre, Belle Vue Leisure Centre and Ten Acres Lane. The trust is responsible for community programmes and delivery, both in centre and outreach, including development
SarahKeeganSarah Keegan, Events Coordinator – Kevin Keegan’s SOKKA Initiative
Became involved in the SOKKA Initiative after graduating at Liverpool John Moores University. Her father’s core belief behind the SOKKA concept is that by having fun, people can learn new skills and in the process get really active.
SimonMorganSimon Morgan, Head of Community Development – The Premier League
Simon is a former professional footballer, who played for Fulham and Leicester. He also represented England at Under 21 level, playing two matches in 1986. After retiring he rejoined Fulham as head of the club’s community scheme. He left the club in 2007 to become the Premier League’s Head of Community Development. The success of the Premier League both on and off the pitch enables them to make a significant investment in community work and the wider football world. The strategy is to support clubs in their role as hubs at the heart of their communities.
TOmBloxhamTom Blokham, Chairman and Co-Founder – Urban Splash and Trustee – Manchester United Foundation
Tom Bloxham MBE is Chairman and major shareholder of award winning regeneration company Urban Splash, which has won 340 awards to date for architecture, regeneration, design and business success. Tom is a trustee of the Manchester United Foundation Charity. In 2009 he was appointed by the Prime Minister as a Trustee of the Tate. Tom was awarded an MBE in 1999 for his services to Architecture and Urban Regeneration.
TomGodfreyTom Godfrey, Commercial Director – Spacehive
Spacehive is the first crowdfunding company to focus exclusively on civic projects. They are looking to bring brands alongside local authorities and grant making organisations to back people and their dreams as they seek to transform where they live. Tom is an inspirational leader, known throughout the industry for creating groundbreaking and lucrative private/public partnerships. An enviable black book with the ability to leverage relationships and stick things together – always bringing about positive change in people’s lives.
YvonneHarrisonYvonne Harrison, Chief Executive – GreaterSport
Chief Executive, within a Leading Sports Charity. A proven track record in leading people to achieve. On behalf of GreaterSport, Yvonne has been a key driver to galvanize the Greater Manchester network to produce Greater Manchester Moving, a blueprint for physical activity and sport across the City Region. Physical activity and sport have a significant role to play in the prevention of ill health and the collaboration behind Greater Manchester Moving places this at the heart of the wider public health prevention offer.