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The World of Sport With David Gregson

The World of Sport With David Gregson

This week we were pleased to welcome David Gregson to BCKR to tell us about the World of Sport.

David Gregson is chairman of one of Britain’s most significant sporting bodies The Lawn Tennis Association as well as the Karma Group, the UK’s largest independent marketing services agency. He is also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games, and a member of the Advisory Boards for the Sutton Trust, promoting social mobility through education, and of the Education Endowment Foundation. Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners and over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies. Ian Metcalfe was due to join David but will now be doing his own session in Spring 2017.

Here is a summary of what he had to say:

David gave us an insight into the challenges and pressures faced by sports organisations in the public eye. The Lawn Tennis Association is typical of many sports governing bodies in that it has board members elected by grass roots organisations (who frequently have little or no board experience and who tend to represent their electors) and independent members (who are recruited by normal open appointment processes).

David explained that the issues faced by the many sports governing bodies included drug abuse, online betting, discrimination, safeguarding and financial constraints. He felt there was a considerable need for independent board members with the ability to understand these issues and to plan strategically to deal with them.

The increasing need for strong governance has resulted in a new Governance Code being recently introduced and the LTA was closely involved in developing this code. The new code requires that all roles are advertised on Sport UK’s website.

If you are interested in pursuing roles in sport you may want to get in touch with John Cullen (john.cullen@podiumsearch.com) from Podium Search who joined in the conversation this morning. Podium Search is a headhunting practice specialising in Sports Law and Governance.

John has spent over twenty five years in recruitment and consultancy with a particular focus on lawyers, working both in private practice and the wider in-house markets. A graduate of Downing College, Cambridge, John commenced work at one of the leading City firms before leaving to enter legal recruitment. Whether working with established experts in helping to augment existing teams or building fresh capability in complementary areas of expertise, he has an extensive contact base and a proven track record of successful delivery.