Meet the programme team
Throughout the course you will benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of our programme team comprising Loughborough academics, legal practitioners and intermediaries.
Dr Serhat Yilmaz (Programme Director)
Serhat is a Lecturer in Sports Law in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) at Loughborough University. He is an expert on contemporary legal issues in the field of football, particularly in relation to the regulation of intermediaries and the protection of minors. His research focuses on the regulation of intermediaries with a view to effectively improving the existing regulatory framework.
Serhat holds a LLB from Istanbul University (Turkey), a LLM from the University of London (SOAS) and a PhD from the University of Westminster.
Dr Argyro Elisavet Manoli
Elisavet is a Lecturer in Sports Marketing and Communications in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) at Loughborough University. She worked in the football industry, for clubs such as AEK Athens FC and Middlesbrough FC, prior to her transition into academia. Elisavet has researched, published and presented extensively on two main research strands, corruption in sports and sports marketing and communications management. She has been recently awarded British Academy funding to investigate the effects of sport corruption in society and has been consulting the European Commission on issues related to corruption in sport.
Elisavet holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the Athens University of Economics and Business, an MBA Football Industries from the University of Liverpool and a PhD in Integrated Marketing Communications in the Football Industry from Teesside University.
Professor Chris Harwood
Chris Harwood, Ph.D C.Psychol is a Professor of Sport Psychology at Loughborough University. His research interests lie in the psychosocial aspects of athlete development and performance including the roles of the coach, parents, and the wider social and performance environment. He served as the Vice-President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) from 2007-2011, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology from 2009-2014 before returning the Editorial board. He currently acts as Section Editor in Applied Sport Psychology for the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and editorial board member for The Sport Psychologist, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.
Beyond his academic work, Chris is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and currently serves as Chair of the Psychology Division for BASES. In 2017, he was appointed to the Managing Council of ISSP and acts as Chair of their Accreditation Committee. Chris has held positions as lead psychologist with professional tennis and football and continues to coordinate, advise and deliver on athlete, coach and parent support programmes.
Mel Stein is the President of the Association of Football Agents having founded and chaired the organization for many years. Mel was one of the first English sports representative/agents acting for the likes of Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer and still representing some twenty professional footballers. Mel has also represented numerous Football League clubs and is currently the legal advisor to Barnet FC.
He is a consultant at Clintons Solicitors, a leading music/entertainment and sport practice, and sits on the Board of the National League as its legal advisor. He has featured as a specialist sports lawyer in the Legal 500 for many years and continues to be included for 17/18.
Nick De Marco QC
Nick works for Blackstone Chambers and is one of the leading sports barristers in the UK, recognized as the ‘go-to’ lawyer in all football related matters. He regularly acts for and against football intermediaries in both commercial and disciplinary disputes, is an expert in the regulation of intermediaries and in football regulation generally.
He is regularly instructed by Premier League and Championship clubs, many top-flight players, all of the leading UK football agents, the AFA, PFA and numerous other sports’ governing bodies.
Daniel Geey is a Partner in the Sport Group of Sheridans. His practice focuses on helping clients in the sports sector, including not only agencies but also athletes, clubs, governing bodies, leagues, rights holders, sports technology companies, broadcasters and financial institutions.
Daniel has significant experience in the football industry and has worked on a variety of club takeovers, high profile transfers, commercial endorsement deals and disputes.
William McAuliffe is a legal counsel in UEFA where, in addition to assisting the Adjudicatory Chamber of UEFA Club Financial Control Body and the UEFA Appeals Body, he represents UEFA in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.
Previously William was a senior associate in Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler in Geneva where he advised agents, athletes, clubs, and governing bodies on sports related disputes and regularly appeared as counsel before the CAS. An Irish qualified solicitor, also admitted to practice in England and Wales. William holds a law degree from University College Cork and an LLM in European Law from University College Dublin.
He is also a graduate of the FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport organised by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Richard joined Loughborough in January 2018 as Director of Football having spent 3 years as Head of Talent Identification at the Football Assocation, supporting National Coaches with the identification and selection of players from Under 15s to Seniors and the development of a Talent Identification Education Programme (5 Levels). Prior to the FA, Richard was Head of Academy at Queens Park Rangers spending 2 years taking them from a Centre of Excellence to a Category 2 Academy and the previous 8 years as Head of Recruitment at Tottenham Hotspur where he was responsible for identifying and recruiting numerous players who subsequently went on to make first team debuts.
Richard continues to deliver Talent ID Workshops and education session at professional clubs and for various National Associations and is often asked to speak on the subject at conferences. He also continues to support the FA’s Talent ID programme co running the Level 4 Heads of Recruitment Course (Talent Leadership, Management, Strategy in Football) and delivering on the Level 2, Talent ID in Football Course.
Football Qualifications: UEFA ‘A’ Licence and Advanced Youth Award, FA Level 5 Talent ID, Academy Managers Licence. Member of the Association of Sporting Directors.