Our Speakers.

England Boxer

Frank Buglioni

Frank Buglioni started boxing at the age of fourteen and, after becoming a two time national champion, was selected to fight for England at just nineteen years of age. Following this, Frank was also selected for the podium squad, the team from which the Olympians were selected from, and gained huge experience in the following eighteen months winning over 50 of his 60 fights before turning professional. Frank made his professional debut in November 2011, and won his first ten fights on the way to being crowned the WBO European super middleweight champion. He later went on to win the WBA international super middleweight title as well, and, most recently having moved up to the light heavyweight category, stopped Olegs Fedotovs in the first round in March 2016. Franks honest and driven description of the sacrifices that it takes to be an elite level professional boxer puts him in a great place to talk to young people, and we are proud to have him join our team of speakers at PRC Elite.


Surrey Cricket

Jonathan Batty

On graduating from Durham University in 1995, Batty joined Hampshire CCC, before moving to Surrey CCC, where Batty was able to enjoy regular first team action. Batty was a regular player in Surrey's sustained success, winning three county championships around the turn of the century. Batty captained Surrey in 2004 was awarded a benefit year by the county in 2009. He broke the record for most catches in a match with 11, against Lancashire, breaking the record of then Surrey coach Steve Rixon. In October 2009 Batty signed a three-year contract with Gloucestershire. Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph reviewed his career, saying he was "the finest uncapped player of the last 20 years." We are delighted to have Jonathan join us on our panel of speakers for PRC Elite, and his extensive Sport Psychology knowledge will give a fascinating insight for all pupils involved.


England Netball

Eboni Beckford-Chambers

A goal keeper/goal defence netball player who has played for Surrey, Bristol University, Team Bath, England U17, U19 and U21 - and now enjoys a career as a senior international player for England, which has seen her earn 70 senior international caps and earn the Player of the Series award in England’s historic first series victory over Australia in 2013. Eboni played a key role in the team’s bronze medal finish at the 2015 Netball World Cup. She manages to juggle a full-time career as a professional athlete whilst also furthering her career in law, working for the leading practice Mogers Drewett as a trainee solicitor, proving just how capable she is! PRC Elite are proud to have her speaking at our forthcoming Inspire Her events.


Gold Medallist, Archery

Danielle Brown MBE

Taking up archery on her fifteenth birthday was the first step on a journey that saw her power to Paralympic glory. Danielle spent her entire international career as world number 1, winning gold in two consecutive Paralympic Games and three World Championships. She also accomplished something that very few disabled athletes manage when she transitioned onto the able-bodied team. 2010 saw her become the first disabled athlete to represent England in an able-bodied discipline at the Commonwealth Games, where she took the gold medal in the team event. Danielle’s proudest achievement is winning the gold medal on home soil in London 2012. Despite facing very heavy expectations, she fought a very exciting competition to take the gold medal on the last arrow.

England and GB Hockey

Darren Cheesman

Darren is an experienced international athlete, having represented England and Great Britain in Hockey. He is a significantly known speaker worldwide on the topics of motivation and setting personal goals and targets and is an official Arsenal FC Ambassador as well as coach in the junior England Hockey programme.


Warwickshire and England Cricket

Varun Chopra

Varun Chopra is Warwickshire's opening batsman, and has captained both the Bears and the England U19 side in a career spanning 10 years in professional cricket. Varun made his debut for Essex in 2006. The latest to come off an impressive conveyor belt of young batsmen at Essex, which included England Test captain Alastair Cook, Chopra is an opening batsman of considerable talent. He impressed as captain of England Under-19s, whom he led to a comprehensive series whitewash of Sri Lanka in 2005, and was on fire himself, averaging 48 in the Tests and striking a half-century in one of the two ODIs. Chopra was also part of the England Lions' tour of Australia in 2013, and made a century against Australia A. Varun joined Warwickshire for the start of the 2010 season. In 2011 he became the first Warwickshire batsman to score double tons in back to back county matches, and captained the county in recent years.


Surrey and England Netball

Pamela Cookey

Pamela was first called up for her country for the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 at just 17 years of age, but she had to withdraw due to injuring her ACL. She eventually made her senior debut with England in 2004 against Australia, and two years later won a bronze medal with the England team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She won a second Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2010, and later that year won silver at the World Netball Series. One of her career highlights is overcoming the challenge of injury to captain her country in a test series white wash in 2013 against Australia! She has recently returned to UK soil with a bronze medal in hand following the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August 2015 where she gained her 100th cap, this is her second World Cup bronze medal.


England and GB Hockey

Crista Cullen MBE

Rio 2016 Gold Medallist. Crista made her senior international debut for England Hockey in 2003. She was part of the Great Britain squad which won Bronze at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, as well as the England squad that won Bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. She retired from international hockey after the 2012 Summer Olympics, aged 27, after earning 171 international caps. However, last year, she was asked out of retirement by the Head Coach of England.

Olympic Badminton Player

Gail Emms MBE

Gail Emms is a British badminton player who was first chosen to represent England in 1995 and, along with partner Nathan Robertson, she has been No. 1 in the world at mixed doubles, All England Champion, and Olympic silver medallist. In additions to the Olympic success, Emms won gold with Robertson in the World Championships 2006, Commonwealth Games in 2006 and in the 2004 European Championships. As a highly successful professional badminton player, Gail has honed her own self-motivation skills and she is an excellent and enthusiastic motivational speaker.

Essex CCC and England Cricket

James Foster

Widely regarded as the best gloveman in the country from the last ten years, James Foster has become a renowned wicketkeeper for Essex and England in a career spanning fifteen years. In that time, James represented England in India, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and in Australia, and was also part of the much lauded ICC 2003 World T20 World Cup side, in which his stumping of Yuvraj Singh was praised all over the world. Having been captain of Essex CCC, his home county, over the last six years, James is in the perfect position to talk about leadership, pressures of keeping up peak performance.


Warwickshire CCC and England Cricket

Ashley Giles

Ashley Giles MBE is one of the most respected coaches and former players in the United Kingdom, and PRC Elite are delighted to have him join us for our Midlands conference this year. Ashley is the current Warwickshire Director of Cricket, following his move from Lancashire at the end of the 2016 season. Having been forced into retirement from professional play due to injury in 2007, he quickly became a coach, first at Warwickshire and then with the England limited-overs sides. During his playing career, Ashley provided vital performances for the national side - with ball and increasingly, with bat - culminating in his career-best 59 at The Oval, an innings which helped seal England's first Ashes victory for 18 years. Ashley taken the wickets of some of the best players in the world, and his coaching expertise means that his knowledge of leadership and management is second to none. As a part time selector for England, his management skills have been tested and proven on the world stage. We are proud to have Ashley Giles join the PRC Elite family in the 2017/2018 conference season.


ex-England Cricketer

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway has made 225 appearances for the national side in a professional cricket career spanning 13 years. She was a member of the team which retained the Ashes on tour in Australia in 2008 and won the World Cup and World Twenty/20 Championship in 2009. Her accolades on the field include women's player of the year, 2010, Player of the Match for her fluent half century in England's win over Australia, and Player of the Series in England's 4 - 1 win in the subsequent Twenty/20 series.


Rising Star - Rugby

Jake Hennessey

Jake Hennessey is one of our rising star speakers. At the young age of just 19, he has already achieved great things in Rugby. He captained the U18 Harlequins side to the premiership title, as well as being a Harlequins senior academy member making four appearances in the A League, and playing premiership rugby sevens for the club. He also played for the England Rugby Sevens side in the Moscow leg of the European Grand Prix in 2018. Jake has effectively balanced his sporting commitments alongside his academic studies. He is currently studying MML (French and Ancient Greek) at Cambridge University, who he also plays for and helped the team win the 2017 varsity match.


Premier League ex-footballer

Danny Higginbotham

Danny started his career at Manchester United FC where he learnt his trade under Sir Alex Ferguson before joining Derby County FC. He signed with Southampton FC three years later for £1.5m and played in the 2003 FA Cup final. Following this he played for Stoke City, Sunderland and, towards he end of his career, Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Sheffield United. Danny is now a well known media personality, commentating and analysing for BT Sport, and his knowledge and experience means we are delighted to welcome him to the team of conference speakers at PRC Elite!


GB Olympic Rower

Mark Hunter MBE

Mark’s rowing career started at the age of 14 at the Poplar Blackwall & District Rowing Club. In 2008 he was appointed captain of the prestigious Leander Club, and he and his rowing partner, Zac Purchase, were the only unbeaten crew in world rowing, sealing their status by winning GB's first ever lightweight medal and Olympic gold in the Beijing Olympics. They continued to be an unstoppable force in the world of rowing, winning gold in the 2010 and 2011 World Championships, and silver medals at London 2012. We are delighted to have Mark speak for us at PRC Elite's conferences this year.

GB Athletics

Morgan Lake

Morgan Lake is one of GBs rising athletic stars, who became the first British woman to reach an Olympic high jump final since 1992 when she competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She won gold in the World Junior Championships in 2014 for both pentathlon and high jump, and gold again in the European Youth Championships in 2015 for the high jump. She was recently selected to be a part of the English team for the Commonwealth Games. PRC Elite is proud to have Morgan speaking at our InspireHer events.

GB Sailor

Hannah Mills

Hannah Mills, MBE is a double Olympic medal winning sailor who won a silver medal with her crew mate Saskia Clark in the London 2012 Olympics as part of Team GB. She then went on to win gold in the same event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Following this success, she was awarded the Female World Sailor of the Year award in 2016.

England Netball

Amanda Newton

Amanda is the assistant coach (defence) for the England Netball side, under the management of Tracey Neville. Her coaching skills and knowledge of training standards and attaining peak performance are well renowned around the sport, and this puts her in a strong position to present to student athletes around the country. Amanda has presented and coached all over the country, and we are proud to have her working with us in our conference programmes.

Olympic Bronze Medallist & European Indoor Champion Sprinter

Asha Philip

Asha’s story thus far is nothing short of remarkable. After rewriting the history books as a teenager with the world at her feet, Asha once feared whether she would even be able to jog again after suffering a career-threatening cruciate ligament injury that left her unable to partake in any physical exercise for 2 years. Return she did and is now proudly an Olympic Bronze medallist, European Indoor 60m Champion and national record holder. As one of the senior members of a very young Team GB 4 x 100m relay team, Asha has further success in her sights, starting with the World Athletics Championships in London later this year and a Gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


ex GB hockey player, current GB triathlete

Natalie Seymour

Since making her senior international debut for England in late 2006, Natalie has gone on to win medals at all of the major championships. Natalie cites her greatest achievement in hockey as being part of the first English women’s hockey team to win a World Cup medal, in Argentina in 2010. Brought up in Maidstone, she has an MSc in Health Psychology from London Metropolitan University and a BSc from the University of Kent, where she received a sport scholarship. She is a clinical psychologist for a charity that works alongside young people to improve their mental health and well-being, with a passion for understanding psychological well being in adolescence and trying to create opportunities for young people. She has had growing success competing in triathlon over the past two years.

GB Hockey

Hollie Pearne-Webb

Hollie has made 130 appearances for GB and England since making her debut against South Africa in January 2013 just before finishing a degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield in the summer of 2013. She has competed in every major tournament and remains a current member of the GB squad working towards the World Cup in 2018, the Commonwealth Games and the 2020 Olympic games. Hollie was a member of the England team which won gold at the European 2015 Championships and part of the GB team which won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. This was the first ever Gold medal won in hockey by a British women's team. Alongside being a full time athlete, she has also worked part time since 2013 and is currently training to be an accountant.


Rising Star - Sussex CCC

Abidine Sakande

Abidine Sakande is a young professional cricketer climbing the ranks at Sussex CCC. Whilst he was part of England development squads from U16-U19, representing England at U19 level, Abi did not forsake his education, and went on to gain a degree at Oxford University, where he achieved a 2-1 in Human Sciences. He made his first class debut for Sussex CCC against Pakistan in 2016, and took a first class 5 wicket haul against South Africa A in 2017. His experience in balancing his goals in both high-stress sporting and academic environments has been good preparation for whatever he might achieve in the future, both on and off the field.


GB Swimmer

Lizzie Simmonds

Lizzie is a highly motivated athlete who has competed professionally for Great Britain for the last ten years, including swimming at two Olympic Games, with a fourth place finish in the 200m backstroke at London 2012. Further sporting highlights include numerous World, European and Commonwealth medals, eleven British titles and a decade of top 15 world rankings. She is an elected member of the British Olympic Association Athlete Commission, contributing expertise and perspective to Olympic related initiatives and athlete support programmes, and also works with schools and swimming clubs to share her sporting journey, provide technical expertise, and inspire future generations.


Professional Golfer

Iona Stephen

Iona is a Professional golfer with playing rights on the Ladies European Access Tour, Spanish Santander Tour and US based Symetra Tour. Having competed at junior international level at 4 different sports, Squash, hockey, lacrosse, athletics, Iona took up golf later than most at the age of 19. She quickly climbed the ranks and turned professional in 2016. Her highest professional finish is 5th place on the Santander Tour.


Endurance Athlete

Max Willcocks

Max Willcocks is an ex-professional rugby player turned endurance athlete. After playing for Harlequins transitions into the world of extreme endurance sports. He’s a qualified nutritionist who competes in races all over the world at distances from 50km to over 100 miles.


Olympic Skeleton Champion

Amy Williams MBE

Britain’s first solo Winter Olympic Champion for 30 years, Amy Williams returned from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games as the nation’s first female individual gold medallist in 58 years. Amy and Arthur (her sled) set double track records and went to finish more than half a second ahead of all her competitors. Amy’s legacy as a former 400m runner allowed her to have lightening fast starts and her fearless determination pushed the limits of speed like no one else, showing that transition between sports can be achieved. Amy’s experience of performing at the highest level of sport allows her as a speaker to flow wonderfully between key concepts, such as peak performance and competition in pressurised environments – attributes that are easily relatable to business. Amy’s presentations are engaging and compelling, filled with anecdotal tales and invaluable advice learnt from a career in sport.

Sussex CCC and England Cricket

Luke Wright

Luke Wright has become one of the foremost exponents of T20 cricket in the world having regularly appeared in the IPL, Big Bash, BPL and PPL, as well as being a record breaker within the T20 competition in England. He has performed for the national team in several world cup and champions trophy tournaments and is now the Sussex CCC club and first team captain. PRC Elite are excited to have such a prestigious talent speaking at the Southern conference this year.


PRC Elite Founder

Nick Tester

Nick Tester is a leading figure in Sport and Education, having been Head of Cricket at Chigwell School and Head of Boy’s Games, Football and Cricket, most recently, at Ardingly College. In his time in education, Nick has been one of the most decorated Heads of Football in the Independent sector, and has also been the national coach and manager to the Independent Schools National U18s and U16s, and coached within the Essex County Cricket Academy


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