Join us at our next City Talk on Thursday 19th February where some of the Midlands leading sporting figures, including Warwickshire Bears coach Dougie Brown and Walsall FC Manager Dean Smith, consider whether the leadership skills that underpin sporting success can deliver results when it comes to building and running an effective business.

The top coaching pair will be joined by a senior figure from Birmingham City University Business School as well as Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, and Jason Lee, former coach of the Great Britain men’s and women’s hockey teams, leading sides at three successive Olympic Games.

The panel will explore what makes a great sporting leader, the unique challenges and pressures of leading a professional sport team and how business leaders might benefit fromwhat goes on behind the scenes at the training ground and in the dressing room, before and after games.

The Panel

Dougie Brown

Dougie Brown

Coach of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and a former all-rounder who played 25 one day internationals for England.

Scoring 12,500 runs and taking over 850 wickets in his career, Dougie also represented Scotland and managed the Namibia national side at the 2003 World Cup.

Dean Smith

Dean Smith

Manager of Walsall Football Club, following a 16 year professional career in the game, including stints at Hereford, Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale.

Dean retired in 2005, becoming assistant manager at Leyton Orient before moving to Walsall, initially as head of youth.

Jannie Price

Jennie Price

Chief Executive of Sport England following a career as a barrister and later going on to senior roles in industry, including as founding Chief Executive of WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme).

Jennie is now in charge of delivering a mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

GB’s longest ever serving international head coach, he coached Great Britain at three successive Olympic Games. He also took England to their first ever European title and led the GB men’s team from 11th to 4th in the world rankings.

He previously won 82 caps for England and 35 for Great Britain, scoring 35 goals.


The Parkside Building , City Centre Campus Curzon Street B4 7XG Birmingham  
19 Feb 2015 (6:30pm – 8:00pm) –
This event is free to attend  but please book your place in advance. 

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