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Experts in Sport: Alumnus and former Financial Controller at City Football Group tells his story

The latest Experts in Sport podcast sees Loughborough University alumnus Neill Wood explain how he became Financial Controller at City Football Group (CFG).

During the episode, Neill speaks with host Martin Foster (Applied Sport Management Lead) to talk about how his career at global business giants EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) and Microsoft helped him climb the ladder and land one of sports’ most coveted roles.

Neill, who graduated from the University with a Sports Science and Maths degree in 2006, also discusses the power – and potential pitfalls – of networking, how luck can play a role in creating job opportunities, the importance of work/life balance, and how having a clear career vision is vital for success. 

After six successful years, Neill has now moved on from his role at CFG and among other ventures plans to use his skills and knowledge to promote finance education through sport. 

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The Experts in Sport podcast is a regular series that brings together experts from across Loughborough University with external thought leaders to discuss the latest research and hot topics in sport and academia with new episodes launched regularly. 

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