Speakers

Our Speakers

Please see below for information about our speakers, including confirmed keynotes, academics, sports psychologists, coaches, athletes, and students. To find out more about our speakers, please click on their names.

Our Keynote Speakers

Please see below for information on our keynote speakers and their talks. 

Professor Andy Hill

  • Professor at York St John University
  • Talk Title: Perfectionism Myths in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Kim Blewitt

  • A HCPC registered, Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, currently working full-time as the lead psychologist at West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
  • Talk Title: Psychological Safety: Wellbeing and Winning

Academic Talks

Please see below for information about our confirmed academics and their talks.

Dr Robert Vaughan

  • Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at York St John University
  • Talk Title: Executive functions in sport: What we've learned so far.

Dr Olivier Rouquette

  • Research Data Scientist at Swansea University and Chartered Clinical Psychologist (Belgium)
  • Talk title: The influence of Perceived Responsiveness on athletes’ self-perceptions and thriving

Luke Olsson

  • PhD Researcher and Graduate Teaching Assistant at York St John University
  • Talk title: Athlete burnout: What is it and how important is the coach?

Michael Grugan

  • PhD Researcher and Lecturer at York St John University
  • Talk Title: The coach says you will be released if you don’t start bucking your ideas up”: Introducing Perfectionistic Climate to Sport

Dean Watson

  • Health and Care Professions Council registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Talk Title: How to manage athlete perfectionism

Iwan Rowlands

  • PhD Researcher at the University of South Wales
  • Talk Title: Can heart-rate variability biofeedback improve physical recovery in athletes?

Alan McKay

  • PhD Researcher and Hourly Paid Lecturer at the University of South Wales
  • Talk Title: “Not Getting Too High and Not Getting Too Low”: Exploring Mental Toughness Development in Youth International Football

Dr. Adam Nichol

  • Teaching Fellow at Durham University, an active representative-level cricket coach, football referee developer, and coach educator.

Alex Lascu

  • PhD Researcher and Lecturer at University of Canberra in Sport and Performance Psychology
  • Talk Title: Manipulating constraints to develop game-ready athletes

Luke Norris

  • Associate Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at University of Exeter and U21 head soccer coach at Yeovil United
  • Talk Title: Supporting those who supports others: Social Support among Sports Coaches

Gilly McKeown

  • Currently completing a PhD at the University of Tasmania, with a Masters in Disability Studies and Family Studies and a Bachelors in Speech and Language Therapy.
  • Talk title: Organised physical activity experiences for autistic youth and their families.

Katelynn Slade

  • Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough University in Sport Psychology
  • Talk Title: On Understanding Challenging Coach-Athlete Situations: The Grey Zone

Sport and Performance Psychology Talks

Please see below for information about our confirmed presenters. 

Stephen Feeney

  • Mental Conditioning Consultant
  • Talk Title: Simplifying the process for performance

Iain Shippey

  • Founder of Thincsport - Applied Psychology Consultancy
  • Talk Title: Building a coaching philosophy and stories from the Springboks and South African Hockey

Sue Jones

  • Professional Doctorate Student at Liverpool John Moores
  • Talk Title: Creating Resilient Players

Elanor Cormack

  • Trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist at Glasgow Caledonian University.
  • Talk Title: The impact of gender stereotypes in youth sport

Philip Lew

  • Sport Psychology Officer in the National Sports Institute of Malaysia, ISN Sports Science Team Leader for the National Sailing Team and an instructor for the sport science courses of the National Coaching Academy (AKK).
  • Talk Title: Well and/or Win: Practicing Performance Psychology in Malaysian Multicultural & Multidisciplinary Elite Sport Environment

Dr. Amy Whitehead and Dr. Laura Swettenham

  • Dr Amy Whitehead is a Reader in Sport Psychology and Coaching at Liverpool John Moores University. Dr. Laura Swettenham is a Sport and Exercise Psychologist working at Blackburn Rovers academy.

Nils Gatzmaga

  • Sport Psychologist at RB Leipzig Youth Academy
  • Talk Title: Mic'd up in elite youth football - A new method for practicing self-talk and teammate-coaching

Coach Talks

Please see below for information about our confirmed coaches and their talks. 

Dr. David McHugh

  • Sports Psychologist registered with the Psychological Society of Ireland, working in Athlone Institute of Technology as the Sports Scholarship Manager.
  • Talk Title: Integrating psychological outcomes within a tactical periodisation framework in football.

Kevin Harper

  • Ex-Professional Footballer Turned Football Coach
  • Talk title: Never give up

Nick Scott

  • Director of Rugby at Rugby Colorno
  • Talk Title: Mama Mia! Managing a sporting environment in a new culture and language

Athlete Panel

Please see below for information about our confirmed athletes taking part in the panel. 

Anushka Bovill

  • Former gymnast

Jenny Tong

  • GB Weightlifter

Our Student Presenters

Please see below for information on our student presenters and their talks. 

Bella Harness

  • Joint Honours BSc Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science
  • Talk Title: Eating disorders in perfectionistic athletes.

Will Mitchell

  • BSc Joint Honours Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science
  • Talk Title: Perfectionism, Coping and Performance

Arun Phillipson

  • BSc with Joint Honours Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science
  • Talk Title: Psychological interventions within sports psychology and their effectiveness on performance and wellbeing among athletes

George Clifford

  • BSc Joint Honours Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science
  • Talk Title: Investigating the Sources of Perceived Stress and Associated Psychological Experience during Serious Injuries in Student Athletes

Douglas Blackwood

  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science Student
  • Talk Title: The coach-athlete relationship: The effect of perceived and received social support from coaches on athlete's psychological well-being and self-confidence.

Karl Ramos

  • BSc Psychology
  • Talk Title: The Relationship Between the Dark Triad, Aggression and Antisocial Behaviour in Athletes.

Sam Devey

  • BSc Psychology

Brittany Culverwell

  • BSc Psychology