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We are delighted to announce speaker two for #ExecSecLIVE #London 2018. Geoff Richards – Former England Women’s Rugby Coach Geoff's topic is 'The strength of team – lessons for world-class performance' As Assistants, you are uniquely placed to lead your whole team to victory. Aside from the fact that collaborative teamwork and resourcing are great leadership attributes, they also ensure cross-pollination of skills, knowledge, and expertise. With 52% of Assistants now managing two or more staff, an understanding of how to best lead and work in a team is crucial to the role. Successful teamwork brings about a change that we can all take credit for and, as quoted by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” As a former international rugby player and coach Geoff has a vast in-depth knowledge of the components that are necessary in order to produce and maintain successful teams. His ability to quickly develop rapport and trust with individuals allows him to produce an effective and sustained learning environment. In this session, Geoff will explore • How to plan for team success • What makes a champion team • What makes a team gel • What can business learn from sport About Geoff: Following a successful playing career in England, Geoff emigrated to Australia where he not only represented Australia in both 7’s and 15’s rugby but embarked on a coaching career that saw him take charge of many national youth and senior teams. Geoff’s time working at the Australian Institute of Sport as a Senior Coach in the National AIS Program enhanced his coaching by adding the essential application of the sport sciences so essential for world-class performance. During this time he was also a resource for the Australian Rugby Union as a presenter and mentor of elite players. Geoff returned to England in 2000, to take up the role as the first Head Coach of the England National Women’s Team. Geoff coached the England Women's Rugby Team between 2000 - 2007, leading the side to victory in four Six Nations Grand Slams, six Six Nations Triple Crowns and the final in two Women's World Cups. He won 51 of the 61 internationals he took charge of and under his guidance, England also became the only team to have beaten world champions New Zealand's Black Ferns. Sports Coach UK recognised his achievements with the Coach of the Year Award in 2001. Geoff is now retired but acts as a consultant to various educational, sporting and business organisations. Early Bird ends 10 November. Book your early bird ticket now at

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