Loughborough Alumni


Penny Briscoe meets VC and conference attendees

1 Feb 2019

Seven alumni shared expertise as part of student sport conference

On 31 January 2019, as part of the annual Talk Sport Conference, seven alumni were involved in workshops and panel activities, helping to inspire the next generation of Loughborough graduates.

Opening the day with an insightful keynote speech, Liz Nicholl CBE shared stories of her career journey and how she has always been willing to take on new opportunities. The MSc Sports Recreation Management (1977) alumna is currently the CEO of UK Sport. Based on her experiences in the sports industry, she encouraged the audience to take risks in their careers, be open to learning and to always remain focussed on their goal.

Three alumni attended from Nielson Sports. Lynsey Douglas (BSc Sport and Exercise Science 2005 and MSc Exercise Physiology 2006) and Matthew Andrews and Hannah Goodridge (both BSc Sport Management 2014) work within brand and account management for the company. They gave students an insight into what it’s like to work for a large company and how to be an account manager within the sports industry. They also included an audience-participation quiz.

Former Head of Marketing for the Premier League, Craig Edmondson, gave a presentation about working in sports marketing. Now working for esports company, Zwift, he also gave students the opportunity to test out new technology. Craig graduated with a BSc in Physical Education and Sports Science in 1999.

Finally, two alumnae, Penny Briscoe OBE (PGCE 1988) and Radha Balani (BA English, Physical Education and Sports Science 2002), were part of an industry panel alongside two other guests. The pair engaged with audience questions and shared top tips and advice on a range of sports sectors with the students.

Penny, the Director of Sport for the British Paralympic Association and the Chef de Mission for Paralympics GB, talked about changes in her career and the wealth of opportunities available in sport today. Radha, Director of Strategy for Beyond Sport and Think Beyond, was keen to encourage students to look after themselves and their mental health. She also discussed the importance of networking and always giving the best account of yourself.

Thank you to our volunteers for a great range of sessions.

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Image: Penny Briscoe meets Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison and conference attendees.

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