Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist GB and England Hockey
At the age of 18 Helen Richardson-Walsh became the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in Sydney, and has gone on to compete at four Olympic Games. Over the course of her 17 year international career she has amassed 19 medals including an Olympic bronze at London 2012, the European Championship title in 2015, World Cup bronze and Commonwealth silver, before finally reaching the pinnacle of her sport with an Olympic gold at Rio 2016.
Full bio pending.
Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football at Manchester City
Gavin’s involvement in professional football goes back over ten years when he worked within the football operation of the Manchester City’s community foundation.
In his current role as Head of Women’s Football at Manchester City he is responsible for the business operation of the organisation which encompasses player recruitment, marketing, commercial, finance management and match day operations.
He sits on the European Club Association Women’s Football Committee Bureau and is currently undertaking a Masters in Sports Directorship at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Commenting on the women’s team set up, Gavin has stated:
‘We are here to challenge and change the perception of women’s football. We are professionalising a sport which traditionally hasn’t received the support or resource it has deserved’.
Ali Donnelly, Founder and Editor of Scrumqueens
Ali is the editor of Scrumqueens.com the world’s leading independent and award winning women’s rugby website (since 2009). As well as being the former PRO for the Irish women’s rugby team while she was still at university, she’s supported major international rugby tournaments for the IRB and IRFU. During the Women’s World Cup in 2010 she wrote a blog for Skysports.com and she regularly writes on the women’s game for a range of leading newspapers and magazines including the annual IRB World Rugby Yearbook and Rugby World Magazine. She was named in the Top 50 most influential people in rugby by Rugby World in 2016. She runs Scrumqueens as a volunteer.
Chelsea Warr, UK Sport Director of Performance
Full bio pending.