Past and Present Speakers

Professor Michael Gleeson
Loughborough University Emeritus Professor; Consultant to UEFA and Pro Football

An Emeritus Professor from Loughborough University. Expert in metabolism, nutrition, exercise, physiology and fitness with PhD Diet and exercise metabolism and 40 years experience of teaching, research and writing (retired 2016). Professor Gleeson has authored over 200 publications in peer-reviewed science and medical journals and over 30 chapters in various science and medical books. He is coauthor of numerous highly-rated books about exercise, metabolism, nutrition and immunology and now an author of books providing comprehensive, evidenced-based advice on healthy lifestyle behaviors and weight loss.

Former President of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology and a Fellow of the European College of Sport Science and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He has provided advice on minimizing risks of infection and nutritional strategies to improve performance and maintain health for the English Institute of Sport and several English premier league football clubs, including Leicester City FC.

Martin Gallyer BSc MSc PGCE ASCC 
Cricket West Indies Strength and Conditioning Consultant

Martin’s athletes have included talented youngsters through the talent pathway to elite sport with a number of athletes representing their country (GB, England, Wales, Ireland, West Indies, Trinidad, Guyana and Hungary). Many young athletes Martin has coached have gained professional contracts in Cricket, Football and Netball. Martin has been to two world cups as S&C Coach, the first during 2010 Senior T20 Cricket World Cup. His second World Cup was the recent 2020 U19 ODI Cricket World Cup with Cricket West Indies whom he is currently a consultant S&C coach.   

Pete Burridge
Leicester Tigers Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach

Pete has been in professional coaching for over 10 years. Before his current role Pete worked with Exeter University, Leicester City Football Club, and Nottingham Forest Football Club.

Barry Bridges 
Sleep Specialist and Esports Performance Consultant

Barry is based in South Africa, Cape Town where he is a qualified Sport Scientist and Internationally Certified in Sleep Science, Sports Performance, Golf Fitness and FMS Screening. Barry has 14 years experience in the field including: Golf fitness for professional Golfers, Soccer Strength & Conditioning, Corporate Wellness, Sleep Coaching and Esports Performance Coaching.  

Gregory Seale BA MSc 
Movement Mechanics TT Strength and Conditioning Coach

An experienced S&C Coach with a MS is Kinesiology (specialization in Sport Performance) and BA in Communication Arts. Teams include Men’s and Women’s Senior and Junior football teams, T20 Franchises Winnipeg Hawks and Trinbago Knight Riders and Cricket West Indies.

The founder and owner of Movement Mechanics, a performance enhancement company providing sport performance training and nutrition solutions for the developing, recreational, professional and occupational athletes.
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Matthew Gardner BSc ISSN PGCert
Nuffield Health Nutritional Therapist; Matthew Gardner Performance Nutrition

Nutritional Therapist at Nuffield Health; Matthew Gardner Performance Nutrition; Professional body memberships: BANT member, CNHC member; Education: Dip. Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy, PGDip. Sports and Exercise Nutrition, PGCert. in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health; BSc Hons in Sports and Exercise Sciences; Host of the Big Feed Up HQ Podcast.

James Sinclair SENr BSc PGDip
Professional Footballer and Registered Nutritionist (SENr)

Professional footballer played over 15 years in various leagues across the World including English Premier League; Sport and Exercise Nutrition Registered (SENr); PGDip. in Performance Nutrition (Distinction); BSc. Sport and Exercise Science (First Class with Honours); •Performance Nutrition practice (James Sinclair Performance Nutrition).

Chris Gallagher BSc MSc ASCA(L3) CSCS 
Coach China Swimming Strength and Conditioning

Chris has worked with elite athletes for many years in the UK and Asia (Hong Kong Sports Institute and Chinese Swimming Association) including working with Olympic athletes and World championship medalists. He has a Masters degree in Strength and Conditioning and is accredited by the ASCA (Level 3), NSCA (CSCA) and USA Weightlifting.

Chef Rachel Muse
UHNW and HNW Clients and Performance Chef

Qualified Chef & Pastry Chef from strong Hotel background with over 20-years’ experience cooking for Ultra High Net Worth and High Net Worth clients such as Professional Football athletes in their own homes.

Lee Taft BS MS CSCS
Consultant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Lee Taft, known to most simply as “The Speed Guy”, is highly respected as one of the top athletic movement specialist in the world. Lee has been asked to speak at numerous S&C related events across the world including NFL, NBA, NSCA, CSCCa, NSPA events and events for staff of professional clubs such as Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder. Lee’s coaching and consultancy has included many well-known clubs including NFL and large American university sport programs. Amongst others Lee has coached athletes playing NBA, MLB, and professional tennis.  

Dr Glen Davison 
University of Kent Reader in Exercise Physiology & Sport Nutrition

Reader in Exercise Physiology & Sport Nutrition University of Kent; BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci); Worked with amateur, elite and professional athletes from a range of sports, including football, rugby, hockey, athletics, triathlon and cycling.

John Psyllas MSc ASCC CSCS 
Scottish Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach 

John currently works as a S&C coaching contractor for Scottish Rugby Union. Over the last 11 years he has worked in performance sport across a wide range of sports and organisations including: Scottish Rugby Union, Robert Gordon University, Scottish Football Association, SportScotland Institute of Sport, Aberdeen Football Club and Scottish Hockey.

Luke Vella PhD 
Edinburgh Rugby Strength and Conditioning Coach

Luke is a Strength and Conditioning Coach with Edinburgh Rugby and the Scottish Rugby Union. He has a PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Science from Deakin University exploring mechanisms of muscle recovery and training adaptation. Luke's Strength and Conditioning career spans over 13 years, with experiences in AFL football, Olympic judo, track cycling and northern hemisphere rugby.

Adam Virgile BS MS CSCS 
University of Vermont Sports Science Coordinator

Adam’s previous roles include Sport Scientist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for New York Rangers who compete in the National Hockey League (NHL). A newfound passion paved his way to becoming New York Rangers first Performance Analyst (“Sport Scientist”). Adam is now the Sports Science Coordinator and Adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont while embarking on his PhD. Adam also has a website where he shares sports science information and has a number of spreadsheet templates.  

Dr Stephen Mears
Loughborough University Lecturer in Sports & Exercise Nutrition

Lecturer in Sports & Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University; Invited reviewer for: Journal of Sports Sciences, International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, European Journal of Sport Science; Completed PhD in Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition at Loughborough University in 2012; Following his PhD worked for Powerade as a Sports Scientist at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Charles Ashford 
North Texas University Director of Sport Nutrition

Director of Sport Nutrition at North Texas University; Currently studying PhD in field of Sports Nutrition under the supervision of Dr. Robert Naughton and Dr. Liam Harper at the University of Huddersfield; Full registration as a Sports and Exercise Nutritionist with both the British Dietetic Association (SENr Practitioner) and Association for Nutrition (RNutr).

Dr Stephen Bailey
Loughborough University Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Loughborough University; Associate Editor for BMC Sport Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Frontiers in Sport and Exercise Nutrition, and Scientific Reports. Member of Reviewer Panel for European College of Sport Sciences; Served as a reviewer on over 20 high-impact factor sport & nutrition related journals.

Renee McGregor 
Sports and Eating Disorder Specialist Dietitian

Sports and Eating Disorder Specialist dietitian, 20 years experience in clinical and performance nutrition, Olympic (London, 2012), Paralympic (Rio, 2016) and Commonwealth (Queensland, 2018) teams.

Sits on the REDS advisory board for British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) and the International Task Force for Orthorexia.

Presently working with a number of national governing bodies, including Scottish Gymnastics, The GB 24 hour Running squad and The England Ballet company. She is regularly asked to work directly with high performing and professional athletes that have developed a dysfunctional relationship with food that is impacting their performance, health and career.

Zena Weeks
Cook with Zena

Worked for England Athletics since 2006 and before that with UK Athletics from 2000 in a variety of roles including Special Events Manager, and Commonwealth Games Team England Manager; Owner of ‘Cook with Zena’ - A Qualified Chef offering cooking lessons to all, from under 5’s, primary school pupils, university students, sports people & young professionals.

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