Dr. Lee Rice

Dr. Lee Rice is the CEO and Medical Director of Lifewellness Institute, a pioneer in the field of wellness and preventive medicine.

With more than twenty-five years’ experience as a family physician, he has become one of the premier medical experts on wellness in the United States. In 2001, he founded the Lifewellness Institute, a revolutionary healthcare facility focusing on health promotion.

Lee believes there are three areas that determine our health outcomes in life: genetics, behaviour and mind-set. He also knows that people die prematurely because of their health related choices. Fascinatingly, science can now prove that DNA is not our destiny and we can all make healthier lifestyle choices to affect our health and performance in the long-term.

Dr. Rice is a clinical professor at Western University of Health Sciences, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and San Diego State University. In 2009, he became the Chairman of Integrative Medicine for National University, the second largest private university in the United States with 28 campuses. He has also served as team physician for many professional, Olympic and university teams, and as the Medical Director for four successive America’s Cup campaigns, including Oracle-BMW Racing. Lee is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Phil Hopley

Dr. Phil Hopley is an expert in stress, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and drug/alcohol problems.

Phil graduated in Medicine with Distinction from St Thomas’ Hospital London before training in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry. He worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the NHS for seven years before founding LPP with Doctors Bell & Kruger in 2008. Phil now consults in central London and at the Roehampton Priory where he is Deputy Medical Director.

Phil’s passion is working with elite athletes and people in sport. He was honoured to lead the LPP team providing on-call specialist cover to the 10,000 competing athletes at the 2012 London Olympics. Phil also advises a range of organisations on people performance and psychological health issues. He is nationally recognised as an accomplished expert witness in a wide range of medico-legal areas.

Phil played rugby for London Wasps for a decade including two years as a semi-professional, representing England Students & the Barbarians. Despite years experimenting, he has found no better way of de-stressing than hitting a small white ball around the green fields of southern England.


Dr. Steve Ingham

Steve is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower.

He has provided support to over 1,000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton’s running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic winning success.

Steve has gained high performance insight working at the British Olympic Association from 1998 to 2004, where he was Senior Sports Physiologist and Sports Science Manager. He also worked with the English Institute of Sports, from 2004 to 2016, where he was Head of Physiology and latterly the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Steve is Director and founder of the Supporting Champions performance consultancy. He holds a BSc, PhD and is a fellow of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences.

Recently, Steve has been speaking and facilitating for sports clubs and business across the UK and US. The talks are focused on ‘Turning Pressure into Performance’, ‘Sustaining High Performance’ and ‘High Performance Teams’, to support executives who need high performance MOT (sleep, nutrition and fitness). Steve has also been developing sleep strategies for CEO’s of global billion dollar companies, who are now reaping the benefits of his work.

Steve is the author of best-selling book, ‘How to Support a Champion: the art of applying science to the elite athlete’, which discusses the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential.

Dr. Tara Swart

Tara’s areas of expertise include learning and habit formation, neuroplasticity, leadership, diversity, risk-taking and decision-making, creativity and innovation, resilience and mindfulness. Her areas of expertise include learning and habit formation, neuroplasticity, leadership, diversity, risk-taking and decision-making, creativity and innovation, resilience and mindfulness.

Tara is the only leadership coach with a PhD in neuroscience and a successful career as a medical doctor behind her. This unique combination of experience comes together to create an uncompromising and holistic impact on performance optimisation in businesses in the UK and USA.

Tara is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible financial improvement in business.

Tara offers Neuroscience consulting which includes individual brain-based coaching at CE level, team development workshops, in-house talks and conference key-notes. Tara also runs a program called “Leading sustainable performance”, which involves resilience monitoring, nutrition, hydration, physical exercise and mindfulness tools and techniques. It is designed for senior teams in businesses that need their people to do more with less and keep doing it, better and for longer without burning out.

Tara is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience to business. She is a published author of a book and over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching. She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, blue chip corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT. She is regularly quoted in the Financial Times.

Professor Elaine Fox


Elaine is a psychologist and neuroscientist who has researched widely on the science of emotions. She has extensive experience presenting talks and workshops to corporate audiences as well as at general media events, literary festivals, and other public events.

Elaine’s work has been discussed in Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, The Economist, The Guardian and the New York Times. This led to her appearance in an ABC documentary presented by Michael J. Fox entitled The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist in 2010 and, in a 2013 BBC Horizon documentary called ‘The Truth about Personality’ in which she attempts to shift the presenter Michael Mosley’s brain from pessimism to optimism.

Leading a large programme of research at Oxford University, Elaine combines psychology, neuroscience and genetics to deepen our understanding of resilience and wellbeing as well as the power of positive mindsets to transform individual lives as well as companies.

Elaine’s discoveries show that the power of positivity comes, not so much from positive thinking, but rather from the other, arguably more important components of optimism such as a sense of control, positive actions, and persistence.

She has published widely on the scientific aspects of fear and anxiety, and her work, which has appeared in many leading scientific journals, has been summarised for the non-specialist in her latest book Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: The New Science of Optimism and Pessimism.

Elaine has appeared at events such as: The Latitude Festival; The Wilderness Festival; New Scientist Public Events; The Cheltenham Science Festival; and other public events as well as corporate talks at leading law firms, investment banks, and marketing agencies.


Dr. Hannah Macleod

Hannah is a double Olympic medallist, 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 coaches leaders and teams in FTSE 100 companies.

Hannah provides valuable insights into the fundamental requirements of a performance culture and the core principles of effective teamwork, confidence to perform and resilience. Hannah’s ability to articulate her personal learnings from performing in an elite sporting environment and working with senior leadership teams around the world enables her to deliver insightful and personal Keynotes, presentations, seminars and candid Q & A’s.

She recently tested her principles on high performing teams whilst competing for Great Britain in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Having previously had no sailing experience, she took on the challenge of ocean racing with a crew of 20 novice sailors.

Hannah was an integral member of the England and Great Britain hockey team that progressed from 8th in the world in 2009 to winning Gold at the Rio Olympics for the first time in their history. Hannah was also 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. However, she also experienced significant set-backs with the team in 2014 when they finished 11th at the World Cup – 18 months prior to the Rio Olympics.

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. After retiring from professional sport, Hannah followed her passion for understanding how to maximise performance, individually and in collaboration with others, and qualified as an Executive Leadership Coach. She is the current Great Britain Hockey U23 Coach and Leadership and Team coach at Track Record.

Hannah reveals the critical success factors for achieving sustained high performance and provides insight into the methods and strategies used by Olympic athletes and individuals performing in world class teams.


James Cracknell OBE

James Cracknell is one of Britain’s most successful athletes of all time, with two Olympic Gold medals and six World Championship titles.

His Olympic rowing finals – in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 – were epic battles, won by inches. But it is since retiring from his 13 year international career that James has distinguished himself as a very special sportsman.

Unwilling to get a ‘proper job’ in 2005, James teamed up with TV adventurer Ben Fogle to race across The Atlantic. Despite their ocean-rowing inexperience, the pair were first to arrive in Antigua. The experience was captured by the BBC in the documentary series ‘Through Hell and High Water’.

In 2008 James came up with the idea of pushing himself to his limits once again for charity, this time in collaboration with Sport Relief. Entirely under his own steam, James rowed The Channel; cycled down through France and Spain and finally swam The Strait of Gibraltar, accompanied by comedian David Walliams.

In December 2008 James attempted his toughest challenge yet when he set off with former team-mate Ben Fogle and Dr. Ed Coats in a race to the South Pole. Suffering frost-bite, infected blisters, dramatic weight-loss, pneumonia and exhaustion, the team finished second only to a pair of Norwegian polar experts. The adventure was filmed by the BBC – ‘On Thin Ice’.

Most recently, James suffered a major head injury when he was thrown off his bike in America whilst filming a TV show for the Discovery Channel. James has held a ten-year post as a Daily Telegraph journalist. He was the Olympic presenter for ITV News at Ten in Bejing; hosted Channel 4’s Red Bull Air Race and ITV1’s British Superbikes.


John Steele

John began his career in the army, trained at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Here, he learnt the essentials for strong effective leadership and soon developed a distinguished style of his own.

He left the army to pursue a career as a professional rugby player, and like most things John puts his hand to, he achieved great success, playing in over 400 first class games, including matches against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. On retirement John turned to coaching, successfully leading Northampton Saints to become European Champions in 2000; their first major cup win.

Following the clubs victory, John became Executive Director on the Saints Board during a period of unprecedented off-field growth, including a share issue and stadium development. His experience in Rugby Union also saw him serve on the England Rugby Board during the successful World Cup campaign of 2003. He was also appointed as CEO of the Rugby Football Union.

In 2005 John became Chief Executive for UK Sport. A post which he held for six years leading the organisation through a remarkable period of successful change through Beijing and into the record breaking London 2012 Olympics. Post-London 2012, with the Nation’s focus on sporting successes and “inspiring a generation”, John became Group Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust.

John is also the Chairman of the English Institute of Sport, succeeding Steve Cram, and is helping to further the Institute’s success in delivering a range of performance impacting sport science solutions to over 40 Olympic and Paralympic sports, along with a select number of non-Olympic sports. To date, John’s Olympic and Paralympic involvement spans eight different games including the recent Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

Building on his lifelong passions of leadership and sport, John founded Unforgiving Minute, a niche consultancy with unique leadership development expertise from high-performance sport. At present John is also leading an ambitious change programme as Executive Director of Sport at Loughborough University.

Jonny Searle MBE

Jonny is a former Olympic and World Gold Medallist athlete, who competed as part of the British rowing team over a ten-year period, from 1989-1999.

Jonny’s sporting career highlights include winning an Olympic gold medal in 1992, an Olympic bronze medal in 1996 and a World Championship gold medal in 1993; all achieved whilst balancing his private practice lawyer career.

Since his retirement from elite sport, Jonny has served as General Counsel and Company Secretary at Modern Times Group MTG AB, one of Europe’s leading digital entertainment companies. Most recently Jonny has served as Group General Counsel of The Blair Partnership, a rights management business and worked with UKTV as a special advisor.

Jonny is therefore able to draw from a unique combination of experience; twenty years as a leader and lawyer in private practice and industry; ten years as an elite sportsman; and fifteen years of coaching and talent development.

As an executive coach and mentor, Jonny is passionate about inspiring, encouraging and enabling people to identify what success means to them and to make changes in behaviour, belief and commitment to achieve that success. He has helped individuals and teams to identify their purpose and to establish a culture for success.

His experience of coaching within elite sport, and competing in that environment paired with his business experience, grants him a unique insight into a high-performance culture.