Hannah MacLeod is a double Olympic medalist, with the record breaking Great Britain Women’s hockey team, culminating in winning Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has a doctorate in Exercise Physiology and has built a successful nutrition business.
Hannah made her international debut for England in 2004 against Germany at the age of 19. Since then, she has amassed over 150 caps for England and Great Britain. Hannah was part of the team that won Gold at the European Championships in 2015, Bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Silver at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Argentina.
Before becoming a full-time hockey player in 2009, Hannah completed her PhD in Environmental Exercise Physiology at Nottingham Trent University after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Sport and exercise Science from Loughborough University and a Post Grad Diploma in Sports Nutrition with the IOC. She continues to build her nutrition business, A Word On Nutrition, which helps build businesses based on science and delivers bespoke nutrition solutions to individuals and corporations.
Hannah draws on experiences of significant setbacks in her career, such as England’s worst performance in their history at the 2014 World Cup, to provide valuable insights into the fundamental requirements of a performance culture and the core principles of effective teamwork. Hannah’s ability to articulate her personal learnings from performing in an elite sporting environment enables her to deliver insightful and personal presentations and candid Q & A’s.
Hannah’s international hockey career has been built on excellent self-awareness and ability to deliver time and again in a highly pressurised environment. Hannah believes the cornerstone to the Great Britain hockey team’s achievements has been the scrupulous attention to the culture, vision, values and behaviours developed within the group. She believes in the value of accountability, healthy conflict and an ability to work effectively with individuals with differing personalities as essential components to high performing teams. Hannah continues to work on her passion for understanding teams and high performance in her role as Head Coach at National League side St. Albans HC.