Alumni involved in the Olympic Games

As well as alumni and students competing at this year’s Olympic Games, the University has produced many graduates who are working behind the scenes to ensure London 2012 is a success:

Barbara Slater (BSc Physical Education, 1981) is the BBC’s first female Director of Sport and a former international gymnast who represented England at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Barbara will be responsible for overseeing the BBC Sport’s coverage of London 2012.

Andrew Train (LLB Law, 1988), five-time Olympian in canoeing,coached 1,000 school children to canoe down Britain’s canals ahead of this summer’s games as part of the ‘Get Set’, the London 2012 Education scheme.

Helen Later née Lea (BA French Language and Literature, 1985) is Victory Ceremonies Venue Producer at both the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Sarah Cox (BCom Commerce, 1988) is Head of Business Planning and Programme Management at London 2012.

Athony Marriott (BSocSc Economics, 1987) has been here at the Olympic Delivery Authority since June 2006 working within the Finance and Programme Assurance teams respectively.

Simon Ellis (BDS Dentistry, 1991) and Andrew Tolwerton (BDS Dentistry 1991) are medical/dental volunteers during the games.

Adele Stach-Kevitz (Civil Engineering with Management, 1993) is Head of Transport Business. She has been working on the project for almost four years, having first worked briefly on the bid. In parallel, she is also the (recently appointed) Non-Executive Director of GB Taekwondo Organisation Limited.

Stephen Castree (BA Sport Recreation Management and French, 1995; MBA International Business, 2006) is Bermudan swim team manager at the Olympics, which will involve managing the training camp and athletes,and walking in the opening ceremony.

Amanda Heathcote (BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, 1995) is CEO of Fireball, an independent event and creative production agency working with the British Olympic Association to organise all the official fundraising events for the Olympics.

Michelle Leavesley (MSc Marketing, 2005) is Managing Director and founder of Jewellery Quarter-based company Citydesk Sport and has been appointed to the British Wheelchair Basketball Board as an Executive Committee Member to support the team with marketing communication as it enters the spotlight during the Paralympic Games.

Adam Pengilly (BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences, 2000), the former Olympic Skeleton racer, is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), one of just four representatives.

Charlotte O’Neill (BSc Accounting and Finance, 2004) is Aquatics Manager of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the group responsible for preparing and staging the Games.

Sharifah Al-Kudcy (BA English and Media, Culture and Society 2005) is Head of the Communications and Marketing department at Athletics Australia working on the promotion of Olympic athletes such as Sally Pearson.

Hannah Oakes (Sport and Exercise Sciences, 2005) works for the British Olympic Association as Performance Services Coordinator.

Electrical engineer Ryan Fisher (MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering, 2009) worked on the initial bid, feasibility reports and concept design stages of the Olympic Handball Arena.

Jack Nicholls (English and Drama, 2012) is part of the commentary team for London 2012.

Dr Liam Herringshaw (PhD Earth Sciences, 2004) was a 'Gamesmaker' after volunteering to help at the archery events at Lords cricket ground.

Caroline Spinks (BSc Biological Sciences, 1986) was a volunteer team leader on the security team.

Jack Boteler (BA Theology, 2009) was a 'Gamesmaker', helping out during the Olympics fencing competition.

Beijing gold medalist Paul Manning (BSc Geography, 1996) remained very prominent during the London games, in his role of team coach for the womens Omnium cycling team which won gold.

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