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Richard FitzGerald - CEO, RMG

Richard F bio Richard was appointed Chief Executive of RMG in September 2008. Prior to this he was the CEO of Aston Villa FC. Richard worked for 18 years in various senior roles at IMG, the sports, entertainment and media conglomerate. They included Director and member of the senior management team of TWI, the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports TV programmes. He also sat on a number of joint venture boards including European Tour Productions, Manchester United interactive and SNTV. He is a Chartered Accountant by background having qualified with Deloitte Haskins & Sells.

Brianne Ehrenkranz - NBA, Senior Director, Marketing EMEA

Brianne Ehrenkranz NBA Biography: Brianne leads the EME marketing team, which manages NBA brand marketing, social media channels, and CRM initiatives. The primary focus is to drive fan growth and increase following and engagement amongst core fans in the region. As part of this, she oversees the NBA’s European primetime game campaign, “NBA Sundays,” to drive viewership in the region. The goal of the NBA’s country-specific social channels is to engage fans authentically through locally relevant content. Our following is industry leading and continues to grow in both engagement and reach. Previously, Brianne led MEC Access UK, the content marketing and partnerships division of WPP media agency MEC, and before that spent 10 years in sports marketing consulting with Octagon. She is American, and has been in London for five years with her husband and two children.

Alexandra Willis - All England Lawn Tennis Club, Head of Communications, Content & Digital

Alex Willis AELTC Alexandra has achieved industry-wide recognition in her use of technology to transform the perceptions of a traditional brand in her role at Wimbledon, building an award-winning digital and communications strategy that has grown Wimbledon’s global digital audiences to over 30 million, more than doubled commercial return, and is at the heart of the long-term future of the brand. Through the combination of a content-first, platform second approach, a data-led audience strategy, and placing value on consistent innovation as well as continuous evolution, Alexandra has led Wimbledon to become one of the most well-respected digital brands in sport.

Jaine Sykes - ITV, Head of Sport and Daytime for Digital

Jaine Sykes ITV Jaine has been at ITV for three years where she is Head of Digital for Sport, Factual and Daytime. She oversees the digital strategy for the genres, commissioning and leading teams to produce award-winning digital content across websites, apps and social media. Prior to joining ITV, Jaine worked at the BBC, where she launched BBC One's social media strategy and lead the digital output for BBC Three.

Paddy Power - Paddy Power, Head of Communications

Paddy Power PP Paddy Power is a fourth-generation bookmaker, his great grandfather having begun the family tradition in 1894. He joined Paddy Power in 1996 on the company’s first graduate program, and has spent most of his career to date working on and developing the distinctive Paddy Power brand. His numerous roles have encompassed communications, mischief along with traditional marketing and retail. In recent times Paddy Power’s investment in and focus on social media has seen them grow beyond their industry. They now have many more followers on social than the rest of the betting industry combined.

Sir Matthew Pinsent - Henley, Steward

Matt Pinsent bio Matt Pinsent is a 4 time Olympic champion in rowing in four consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2004. Now one of 60 volunteer Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta (of which Steve Redgrave is Chairman) helps coordinate the broadcast of this quintessentially British rowing and social event. Now in its fourth year the project aims to broaden the appeal and reach of the Regatta without detracting from its traditional character.

Katie Bridger - Goodwood Motor Sports, Head of Creative Services and Specialist Projects

Katie Bridger Goodwood Katie Bridger is the Head of Creative Services and Specialist Projects at the Goodwood Group of Companies in West Sussex, England. Katie joined the operations planning team for Goodwood’s major events in 2006, progressing to General Manager of the Festival of Speed in 2010. After six successful years managing the festival as it grew into a global event, Katie brought her drive for innovation and creativity to the Commercial Team in 2016, helping to steer its evolution into the Creative Team she now leads. Katie has been involved with many exciting projects at Goodwood. One of her most significant accomplishments has been project managing the digital transformation of the Motorsport events; she is currently spearheading similar development at the Racecourse.

Louise Agran - Racing Post, Marketing Director

Louise Agran RacingPost Louise Agran has been Marketing Director for the Racing Post, the UK's dedicated racing and sports betting publisher, since 2008. Previously she ran the marketing function for Nando's restaurants. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in French language and literature sometime back in the last century.

Gregg L Taylor - Great British Racing, Head of Marketing

Gregg Taylor GBR Gregg has been with Great British Racing and British Champions Series since 2012. In this time managing the digital channels he has seen both brands grew from a few hundred fans to BCS becoming one of the biggest equestrian social media presences in the world.

Prior to this he worked as a handicapper at Timeform and headed up digital for Horse of the Year Show.

Gregg considers himself very lucky to be able to combine his love of racing with a passion for digital and growing the sport’s presence in this sphere.


Simon Wear - Play Sports Group, Founder & CEO

Simon Wear PSN Simon has an unrivalled track record of creating, reinventing and innovating in media and business. In 2011, he founded SHIFT Active Media – the award-winning cycling marketing/communications agency. In late 2012, he created the Play Sports Network (PSN), launched its first, innovative digital video channel – the Global Cycling Network (GCN) – followed in 2014 by the Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN). Simon has driven the Play Sports Network into its global leadership position, secured investment from Discovery Communications, and launched further channels: the Global Triathlon Network (GTN) and – in early 2018 – the Electric Mountain Bike Network (EMBN).

Wayne Davison - Little Dot Studios, Managing Director

Wayne Davison Little Dot Wayne joined Little Dot Studios in 2016 as Managing Director, Content Acquisition & Distribution responsible for the business’s channel management and rights management operations. Before arriving at Little Dot Studios, Wayne worked as Commercial Director at DRG, across all of its distribution including the growth of its digital output, Director of Commercial and Business Affairs across various parts of the Shine Group and prior to that at TalkbackThames and MTV.

James Rushton - DAZN, CEO

James Rushton DAZN James joined Premium TV in 2003, prior to its merger with Inform Group in 2007 to become Perform. James is the CEO of DAZN and has been involved in the creation of DAZN from the very beginning. Previously, he has held multiple senior roles within Perform including Managing Director of APAC, Managing Director of Australia & New Zealand and Managing Director of ePlayer. Before joining Perform, James held the position of Commercial Director at Birmingham City Football Club. He holds an MBA in Business Administration and Management from the University of Birmingham.

Ronan Joyce - Facebook, Strategic Partner Manager, Sport

Ronan Joyce FB As strategic partner manager, Ronan manages Facebook’s relationships with major sports partners throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. With over eight years of experience across the sport, technology, media and communications sectors, he helps partners build engaged audiences that they can leverage to drive business results. In three years at Facebook, Ronan has worked on some of the world’s top sporting events – leading partnership activities for Euro 2016, helping CAF grow its audience by 125% for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, and supporting Wimbledon to secure 145 million video views for the 2017 Championships.

Richard Lewis - YouTube, Head of UK and Nordics Content Partnerships

Richard Lewis YT Richard joined YouTube in 2012 and is responsible for content partnerships in the UK and Nordics. He and his team implement content initiatives with broadcasters, producers, studios and enterprise partners who distribute content on YouTube globally. Previously he held executive positions in digital functions at HTC, Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Keen sportsman but his confidence far outweighs his abilities in both cycling and triathlon. Husband and proud father of two.

Elizabeth Stranges - Twitter, Partnership Manager, Sport

Elizabeth Stranges Twitter Elizabeth is a Canadian expat who relocated to the UK earlier this year to join Twitter’s Global Content Partnerships team, managing sport partnerships. She works with some of the UK’s largest broadcasters, leagues, teams, federations and sporting events, including Sky, Eurosport, BBC, Wimbledon and the European Tour, to bring great sports video content to the platform. Prior to her move across the pond, she was a Client Account Manager with Twitter’s advertising sales team in Toronto for 3+ years. She started her professional career in Sponsorship with the Canadian Olympic Committee, where she funneled her passion for sports and marketing and “ice” hockey into her day job. You can follow her at @estranges on Twitter.

Clive Cottrell - Racing UK, Director of Marketing

clive dmf bio Clive was appointed Director of Marketing for Racing UK in February 2011, having spent the preceding 9 months consulting for the Commercial side of the business. Clive joined from the Betting and Gaming sector having performed senior marketing roles since 2003 at both Gala Coral and Party Gaming. In the early part of his career he developed his marketing skills within the Financial Services and Mail Order sectors.