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Exporting to International Major Sporting
Events and Expos

Tuesday 21 September 2021

9.00 - 11.45


See below for the speakers that are attending the Exporting to International Major Sporting Events and Expos: Understanding the sports ecosystem and how to get involved.

Rupert Daniels

Director: Digital, Education, Creative, Consumer & Sports - Department for International Trade

As Director Export & Investment, Services at the Department for International Trade, Rupert is responsible for helping UK organisations grow globally by developing their exports and attracting inward investment. His portfolio covers diverse sectors from sports, film, and television, to music, gaming, fashion, education and digital commerce. He works with teams across Government and the Department's international network to promote international trade, drive export growth and secure investment in to the UK.

Rupert was previously Global Marketing Director at Cambridge University Press, and held senior roles at Arsenal Football Club and FIFA. He has over 20 years of global experience across, sales, marketing, media, digital, data and branding.

Kathryn Borg

International Trade Team, East Midlands, DIT
Kathryn has been an International Trade Advisor since 2011. Her business background has included working in Germany, The Netherlands, Malta, Libya and Dubai. In Malta, the Government asked her to join the newly formed Malta Sports Council, as a director, to plan policy, and set-up organised sports. Kathryn’s work has included working with, and advising, businesses, globally, as a consultant in Marketing, Business Development, Operations, HR, and Training. The experience gained, whilst working in different industries, and cultures, has transferred, and benefited, the companies she currently works with in the East Midlands. She is a Global Sports specialist and country specialist for 4 countries. Kathryn is also a freelance writer, and developed her own business in stress management, nutrition, and sports psychology. She continues to study and holds various diplomas, and a law degree. Kathryn currently sits on the Sheffield Bench as a magistrate.

Jon Tibbs OBE

Founder and Chairman - JTA

As one of the most experienced, respected and effective strategic communicators working in the Olympic Movement and the wider world of sport, JTA Chairman and Founder Jon Tibbs OBE has been responsible for creating and leading successful campaigns for a range of clients, including International Federations, Continental Associations, National Olympic Committees, sponsors, and bidding and organising committees. Jon has also personally overseen the corporate PR for Manchester United Football Club for more than a decade.

In addition, Jon has made a significant contribution to a number of bilateral trade initiatives, helping to shape export strategies and in promoting UK excellence overseas in the major sports events sector. As the former Chair of the DIT Sports Economy Sector Advisory Group, Jon has made his wide experience, knowledge and contacts (both international and domestic) in the sports events sector available to the Government as well as connecting individual companies to opportunities.

James Bulley

CEO & Co-Founder - Trivandi

James is the Global CEO of Trivandi which he Co-Founded in November 2012. Trivandi was set up after the London Olympics to share the knowledge of the senior leadership team that delivered and operated the venues for London 2012. Trivandi provides strategic consulting, implementation and assurance services on mega projects, specialising in events and venues.

Trivandi has grown rapidly, with three international offices (UK, UAE, Qatar), delivering over 100 contracts in 24 countries around the world. James devised the strategy and led the expansion of Trivandi including establishing five seperate corporate entities to provide services in various global territories. He is CEO of Trivandi Ltd, Trivandi DMCC and Trivandi LLC.

James is also Chairman of Solivus Ltd, a solar solutions company.

Paul Dadford

Procurement Expert
Paul Dadford is a senior procurement professional with over 30 years’ experience advising UK government, commercial, and major event organisations. He has provided procurement and contract management advice to clients such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office and HM Revenue and Customs. Paul has worked with the Trivandi team on major events, including the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games which took place in Ashgabat in 2017, and the upcoming FIFA World Cup which will take place in Qatar in 2022. Paul has also advised the management team at the inaugural 2018 European Championships held in Glasgow and has authored a guide to major event procurement for the Association of Global Event Suppliers.

Jeff Burke

ES Global
Jeff joined ES Group in 1992 and has been joint CEO since the MBO in 2012. He has overseen expansion into new areas and is highly experienced in ceremonies for world events.

Oliver Hoare

Cyber Capacity Unit

Simon Molden

Director: Facilities and Venues - The Sports Consultancy

Simon leads The Sports Consultancy’s Facilities and Venues team and has over 20 years’ experience in delivering event and venue feasibility projects. Whilst at TSC, he has delivered a range of high profile projects, including the procurement for British Cycling of a new Delivery Partner for the Tour of Britain from 2014-18, the feasibility study and bid support for Scotland’s successful submission to host the 2019 Solheim Cup, the feasibility study for the new Scottish National Performance Centre for Sport (now Oriam, opened in 2016) and economic impact appraisals for the 2016 and 2017 EPCR Champions and Challenge Cup Finals and the 2017 IAAF World Cross-Country Championships.

Prior to The Sports Consultancy, Simon worked at Capita Symonds Sport & Leisure, where he was primarily responsible for major event work, as well as delivering business planning and procurement support to local authorities. Some of the projects during his time there included the 2015/2017 World Athletics Championships Feasibility Study for London, the 2014/16 European Swimming Championships Feasibility Study for London and 2015 Eurobasket Feasibility Study, as well as the first joint leisure management contract procurement in the UK (for Guildford and Woking Borough Councils).

Robert Datnow

Co-founder and Managing Director - The Sports Consultancy

Robert co-founded The Sports Consultancy in 2006 and is responsible for the growth of the rights holder, event consulting, host city, government and legal offerings. Robert’s work focuses on enhancing commercial models and major event formats, gathering impact data, articulating returns on investment and selling hosting rights around the globe for some of the world’s most recognised events. Robert also oversees the growth and development of our legal team and has created our regulated law firm The Sports Consultancy Legal and our independent Global Investigations service.

Some of Robert’s recent work includes advising the IAAF, the BIE (World Expo), the IOC, World Rugby, European Professional Club Rugby, The Ocean Race (formerly The Volvo Ocean Race), the America’s Cup, the International Equestrian Federation and the city of Gothenburg and the regional government of Flanders in relation to sporting and major entertainment events.

Before founding The Sports Consultancy, Robert practiced as a commercial and litigation lawyer with both Linklaters and Farrer & Co. before taking senior corporate roles at The British Olympic Association and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Amanda Curtis

Sustainability Expert

Driving sustainability and creating change within sports, events and retail over the last 20 years, Amanda has worked on the creation, delivery and monitoring of strategies to implement climate and circular economy measures. Amanda is currently leading the ATP Tour sustainability programme and M&S’s Net Zero Strategy. She is a leader in managing sustainable supply chain programmes and implementing management systems including for The Coca Cola Company, Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, M&S, Apollo World Music, and was a senior member of the Sustainability team for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Amanda is a Non-Exec Board member of BASIS – British Association for Sustainable Sport that promotes better sustainability performance within sporting events and venues and is an Executive Advisor to the KraftHeinz ESG Board.