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Who's who

Who's who

The EIS has its own independent board, chaired by John Steele, providing strategic direction to the organisation as well as considering and directing recommendations put forward by UK Sport. Click here to view EIS board minutes.

The Senior Management team is headed up by National Director Nigel Walker and includes a representative from Performance Solutions, Science and Technical Development, Medicine, Business Services, Communications and Operations.

John Steele
Chairman

John Steele was appointed EIS Chair in October 2013, having served as a Chief Executive in private, public, and charitable sports organisations.John Steele

He served as an army officer having been trained at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to lead teams in high pressure environments. On leaving the army he worked in the corporate world before becoming a professional rugby player. His playing career spanned over 400 first class matches, and included representative honors against the New Zealand All Blacks, Australian Wallabies and South African Springboks. When John finished his playing career he turned to coaching and successfully led Northampton Saints to become European Champions. He became Executive Director on the Saints Board during a period of unprecedented off field growth including a share issue and stadium development. Johns experience in rugby union also saw him serve on the England Rugby Board during the successful world cup campaign of 2003 and be appointed as CEO of the Rugby football Union.

The winning of the bid for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics saw John take up post as CEO of UK Sport, which he led for a six year period into Beijing and London. With the nations sporting focus switching to an Olympic legacy for “an inspired generation”, John took up his current post as Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust.

As Chair of the EIS Board he is responsible for the future development of the organisation working with National Director, Nigel Walker and his Senior Management Team to shape the way the EIS works with national governing bodies in continuing to provide performance solutions to their athletes and coaches.

Nigel Walker
National Director

Nigel joined the English Institute of Sport in September 2010 having previously been Head of Change and Internal Communications at BBCNigel Walker Wales.

A former international athlete and rugby union player, he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler before switching to rugby, earning 17 international caps for Wales. He has also served as a UK Sport board member from 2006-10, and was Chair of the Major Events Panel and a member of the Audit Committee. 

Nigel represented Great Britain as a high hurdler on 30 occasions at all major events, including the World Championships and Olympic Games. He retired from athletics in 1992 to pursue a second sports career as a rugby union player with Cardiff RFC and Wales.

Outside of sport, and prior to the introduction of full-time professional rugby, Nigel was a Development Officer for the Sports Council for Wales where his responsibilities included sports medicine, and a civil servant in the then Welsh Office where he held various administrative and managerial roles.

Following that he then worked in the media, hosting various radio and television programmes while also serving as Player Development Manager and Assistant Team Manager with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Helen Martin
Director of Business and Finance

Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1995, working as a consultant for several years specialising in sport and leisure projectsHelen Martin including the successful funding bids for Commonwealth Games facilities at Sportcity, the redevelopment of Headingley Stadium and the National Shooting Centre at Bisley.

She also enjoyed two twelve month secondments whilst working at KPMG, one to Manchester’s 2000 Olympic bid team and one to help set up the Organising Committee for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, both as Financial Controller.

After leaving KPMG Helen spent three years in industry as Finance Controller of four of the European subsidiaries of a large US company, before joining the EIS in March 2002 to set up the finance and HR departments. 

As EIS’s Director of Business and Finance Helen was responsible for finance, HR, legal, corporate governance and risk management, as well as being a member of the board of directors.  She has also played a key role in developing EIS’s strategy, including implementing a major change in the organisation’s operating and funding model in 2008-9.

After Conor O’Shea left his position as EIS National Director early in 2010, Helen took on the position of Interim Chief Operating Officer, providing leadership to the organisation in the interim period until Nigel Walker joined the organisation in September 2010.

Malcolm Brown MBE
Board Member

Brown has been extensively involved in high performance sport, from establishing, with partners, the Sport Institute of Northern Ireland to positions with UK Athletics, British Triathlon, Leeds Metropolitan University and University of Ulster.

He has attended the last four Olympic Games in various capacities as coach or Team Leader and is coach to Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who won gold and bronze at London 2012.

In January 2013 he was awarded the MBE for services to triathlon, Olympic and Paralympics.

Ian Watmore
Board Member

Former Chief Executive of the Football Association and a former Permanent Secretary, Ian is Chief Operating Officer at the head of theIan Watmore Efficiency and Reform Group.

He spent 24 years in the IT and management consulting industry with Accenture where he was UK Managing Director. He holds a degree in mathematics and management studies from Trinity College, Cambridge.

He is married with four sons and is a lifelong Arsenal supporter. He lives in the North West and watches Altrincham in the Conference when he is not watching his sons playing or refereeing in the Cheshire/South Manchester leagues.
 

Karen Pickering
Board Member

Karen was an outstanding member of the British swimming squad from 1986 to 2005 and has a collection of winning medals that include 8 WorldKaren Pickering Championship medals (4 gold), 14 European Championship medals, 38 National Championship titles, and a Commonwealth Games medal haul of 13 including 4 Gold.

For her services to swimming Karen was awarded an MBE in the 1994 New Years Honours List.

Since her retirement from international swimming in 2005, Karen has become regular member of the BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team and has taken on a number of roles. She is now Chair of the British Athletes Commission, Ambassador for Sport for Ipswich, on the executive boards of both the English Institute of Sport and British Olympic Association and on LOCOG’s Athlete Commission. 
 

Jonathan Doust
Board Member

Jonathan Doust is a Director and Chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, representing almost 3,000 members in the UK.Jo Doust He has worked with Olympic and Commonwealth medalists and published extensive research into the physiology of peak sporting performance.

He is Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Brighton and formerly a director of research and development for Ceredigion NHS trust.

He has worked with many public and charitable organisations designing and monitoring exercise schemes to promote health. He holds degrees from Loughborough University and Nottingham Medical School. He is married with four daughters and lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Simon Timson
Board Member

Simon has been Director of Performance at UK Sport since January 2013, where he is responsible for leading the Performance Directorate,Simon Timson whose mission is to enable a stronger more sustainable system for British Olympic and Paralympic high performance sport with the goal of winning more Olympic and Paralympic medals in Rio 2016 than London 2012.

Simon joined UK Sport from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), where he was Head of the England Development Programme and, Science and Medicine (2006-2012) throughout a period of unprecedented success when the men’s and women’s Test, ODI and T20 Teams all reached the top of the world rankings, and won global events. During this time Simon provided strategic and innovative direction to deliver exceptional performance. He led teams that transformed science and medicine services to England and First Class players, and delivered a major change project for the identification and development of talented young cricketers.

Prior to joining the ECB, as Performance Director at British Skeleton (2000-2006), Simon kick-started a glittering period for the sport in which they have won medals at every Olympic Games since Salt Lake City in 2002. His strategic legacy led to Amy Williams’ gold medal at Vancouver 2010.

Simon has a PhD in Psychology from The University of Leeds and is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist.
 

Nigel Walker
National Director

Nigel joined the English Institute of Sport in September 2010 having previously been Head of Change and Internal Communications at BBCNigel Walker Wales.

A former international athlete and rugby union player, he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler before switching to rugby, earning 17 international caps for Wales. He has also served as a UK Sport board member from 2006-10, and was Chair of the Major Events Panel and a member of the Audit Committee. 

Nigel represented Great Britain as a high hurdler on 30 occasions at all major events, including the World Championships and Olympic Games. He retired from athletics in 1992 to pursue a second sports career as a rugby union player with Cardiff RFC and Wales.

Outside of sport, and prior to the introduction of full-time professional rugby, Nigel was a Development Officer for the Sports Council for Wales where his responsibilities included sports medicine, and a civil servant in the then Welsh Office where he held various administrative and managerial roles.

Following that he then worked in the media, hosting various radio and television programmes while also serving as Player Development Manager and Assistant Team Manager with the Welsh Rugby Union.

Helen Martin
Director of Business and Finance

Helen qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1995, working as a consultant for several years specialising in sport and leisure projectsHelen MartinHelen Martin including the successful funding bids for Commonwealth Games facilities at Sportcity, the redevelopment of Headingley Stadium and the National Shooting Centre at Bisley.

She also enjoyed two twelve month secondments whilst working at KPMG, one to Manchester’s 2000 Olympic bid team and one to help set up the Organising Committee for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, both as Financial Controller.

After leaving KPMG Helen spent three years in industry as Finance Controller of four of the European subsidiaries of a large US company, before joining the EIS in March 2002 to set up the finance and HR departments. 

As EIS’s Director of Business and Finance Helen was responsible for finance, HR, legal, corporate governance and risk management, as well as being a member of the board of directors.  She has also played a key role in developing EIS’s strategy, including implementing a major change in the organisation’s operating and funding model in 2008-9.

After Conor O’Shea left his position as EIS National Director early in 2010, Helen took on the position of Interim Chief Operating Officer, providing leadership to the organisation in the interim period until Nigel Walker joined the organisation in September 2010.

Hester Brierley
Director of Marketing & Communications

Hester joined the English Institute of Sport in 2005 after a number of years working in communications and sponsorship roles within theHester Brierley corporate sector working on events such as the Whitbread and BT Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Races and Rugby World Cup.

Hester qualified with a BSc in Sports Science in 1991 before spending two years in teaching and sports science research, back in the days when the career options for a post-grad in sports science were pretty much limited to teaching or fitness training. The days also when the impact of sport science support was yet to be believed, so as a researcher wet behind the ears you earned respect by driving the squad mini-bus!

Supported by two team members, she is now responsible for all marketing and communications activity within the EIS including internal communications, media and stakeholder relations, branding and commercial partnerships.
 

Dr Rod Jaques
Director of Medical Services

Dr Rod Jaques FFSEM (UK), Dipl Sports Med, FISM, DRCOG, MRCGP, is Director of Medical Services at the English Institute of Sport (EIS).Rod Jaques

Dr Jaques did the London Hospital Diploma course in Sports Medicine, qualifying with distinction and the David Ritchie prize in 1990. He also obtained the Society of Apothecaries Diploma in Sports Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and is their current  President.

He has been involved in Sports Medicine for the last 24 years. From 1989-2007 he was Medical Advisor to the British Triathlon Association and was appointed to the British Olympic Medical Centre in London in 1998-2001, before joining the EIS in 2003. Based at the University of Bath, he also runs the Gloucestershire Sports Injury at the Winfield Hospital in Gloucester .

Rod attended the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens , Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England Team.

Based in the South West, Rod coordinates support across the EIS network as well as delivering EIS clinics at the EIS  base at the University of Bath.

Dr Steve Ingham
Director of Science & Technical Development

Steve Ingham has worked full-time as an applied sports physiologist since 1996. His undergraduate degree in Sports Science is from University ofSteve Ingham Brighton and his PhD from University of Surrey. Steve has worked as for the English Sports Council sports performance centre, and from 1998 as Senior Sports Physiologist at the British Olympic Medical Centre, working with athletics, rowing and bobsleigh.

In 2003 Steve took on the role of Sports Science Manager at the Olympic Medical Institute working towards the Athens Olympics as acclimatization manager.

In 2005 Steve moved to the English Institute of Sport, based at Loughborough University, taking up the position of Regional Lead and furthering his work with athletics. In 2009 he took on the role of Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport. Through 5 Olympic cycles Steve has experience of working with over 40 Olympic or World medallists.

He has specific expertise in the domains of modelling the determinants of performance, oxygen uptake, training monitoring and recovery.
 

Peter Elliott
Director of Operations

Peter has been involved in elite sport for 28 years through competing, coaching and sports administration. As an athlete he was part of the greatPeter Elliott Coe, Ovett and Cram era winning medals at Commonwealth, World, European and Olympic level and still holds the British record for 1500m and the indoor mile.

Following a long competitive career in track and field Peter turned to coaching and helped steer the careers of several international athletes and still coaches at grass roots level.

Prior to joining the EIS Peter worked at Nova international Ltd, the sports marketing company owned by Brendan Foster where he was involved in sports promotions, sales and marketing and in addition the recruitment of elite athletes to events such as the Great North Run.

Peter has experienced life outside the sporting arena having served 11 years in industry working for the British Steel Corporation and two years in the private sector.

Peter joined the EIS in Yorkshire in 2004 prior to the Athens Olympics as an Athlete Services Manager and later performed the roles of Regional Manager for Yorkshire in (2007-2009) and Regional Director for the North (2009-2013), before becoming Deputy Director of Operations (2013-14). He was appointed Director of Operations in October 2014.

Mark Jarvis
Acting Director of Performance Solutions

Mark joined the EIS in 2004 as part of the UK Sport Fast Track Practitioner Development Programme, working as a strength andMark Jarvis conditioning intern in the North East.

In 2005 he took up a full time role as an S&C coach in Birmingham, working with various sports including athletics as well as a lead role with wheelchair basketball. In 2009 he became a technical lead for S&C for the West Midlands and through 2010-13 worked for West Bromwich Albion FC as well as the EIS.

In October 2013 he joined the Performance Solutions team as performance lead for speed & power and technical sports; judo, gymnastics, weightlifting and archery.

Mark, who is currently pursuing a PhD in plyometrics through Salford University, was appointed Acting Director of Performance Solutions in October 2014.

Calvin Morriss
Head of Speed/Power

Calvin has a long track record of supporting medal winning athletes during his time as Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for UKCalvin Morriss Athletics, whilst he spent three Rugby World Cup cycles with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), taking on the leadership of their national fitness programme before joining the EIS in October 2013.

Simon Jones
Head of Endurance

Simon is Head of Endurance Sports with particular responsibility for Sailing, Swimming, Rowing and Triathlon. Simon Jones

Simon’s background is in exercise physiology. He worked as a physiologist for British Cycling from 1995, becoming track endurance coach in 1998, and then Head coach in 2003.

He coached the Great Britain team pursuit squad to 8 years of successive world medals, 2000-2007 and coached Bradley Wiggins to gold medal winning success in the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. He was awarded UK Sport's Coach of the Year in 2004.

Prior to joining the EIS he had been working at the Western Australian Institute of Sport in Perth, where he was Performance Team Director of Racing Sports, managing coaches and practitioners.
 

Diccon Edwards
Performance Lead Tactical/Technical

Diccon commenced within the new performance solutions team in September 2013 as performance lead within the tactical sports theme,Diccon Edwards having previously been the Head coach of Leeds Carnegie (Rugby Union).

Having studied at Loughborough University he achieved success on the rugby field including representing England at various levels and Wales RL. His club career included Leicester Tigers and Leeds Carnegie before succeeding Stuart Lancaster, England Head coach, into the Academy manager role at Leeds.

Player identification, development , benchmarking and tracking were key aspects of that role which led to a position within the RFU as national academy coach which saw him work with the U20 squad, winning a 6 nations grand slam and achieving a World cup final appearance.

Prior to joining the EIS he spent two years heading up the performance programme and coaching Leeds Carnegie, with areas of interest including analysing momentum, identification of critical incidents and aligning training content with match tactics.
 

Brian Cunniffe
Performance Lead Endurance/Speed/Power

Brian is a performance lead for speed, power and endurance sports, with particular responsibility for Canoe sprint and slalom and Para-Swimming.Brian Cunniffe

Prior to joining the EIS, Brian returned from supporting the British and Irish Lions as their Performance Scientist in their successful tour of Australia.

He previously spent two years as Senior Sports Scientist at the BOA, which included working as part of the core performance services team that managed and delivered support to 541 athletes during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Brian has previously worked within the EIS as a Senior Performance Scientist from 2008 to 2011. He has an MSc in Sports Nutrition, a PhD in Exercise Physiology and is an honorary research associate at University College London.

Peter Bentley
Head of Research and Innovation

A mechanical engineer and sailing coach, Peter has spent the majority of his career in High Performance Sport, attending every OlympicPeter Bentley Sailing regatta since 1992.

Most recently he was Technical Projects Manager for the British Sailing Team, providing a significant technical support structure that underpins the team, ranging from individual boat-speed projects through meteorology, clothing and performance analysis to in-venue-infrastructure and IT. 

He briefly served as an EIS board member before being appointed as EIS Head of Research and Innovation in March 2014. 

Nik Diaper
Performance Lead for Paralympic Sports

Nik has worked in elite Paralympic sport since 2002, during which time he has held a number of Paralympic roles and directly supported a wideNik Diaper range of Paralympic sports.

He joined the EIS in September 2004 as a Sports Science Intern, following the completion of an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Prior to this he spent 2 years as the sport scientist with the Great Britain Wheelchair Tennis team, who he supported at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

In 2005, Nik took the role of EIS Paralympic Performance Profiler working in partnership with the British Paralympic Association. In addition he attended the 2008 Paralympic Games as part of the BPA sports science and sports medicine team that developed and delivered the Beijing 2008 preparation strategy.

From 2009-2011, Nik was the EIS Senior Talent Identification Scientist responsible for the development and delivery of the UK Paralympic talent strategy, which was specifically targeted towards the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Nik is currently the EIS Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine for Paralympic sports and a Performance Lead for Paralympic sports, where he has the remit to design and deliver the EIS Paralympic sports science and sports medicine strategy to ensure that EIS service provision is tailored towards the unique needs of Paralympic sports and athletes.
 

Dr Steve Ingham
Director of Science & Technical Development

Steve Ingham has worked full-time as an applied sports physiologist since 1996. His undergraduate degree in Sports Science is from University ofSteve Ingham Brighton and his PhD from University of Surrey. Steve has worked as for the English Sports Council sports performance centre, and from 1998 as Senior Sports Physiologist at the British Olympic Medical Centre, working with athletics, rowing and bobsleigh.

In 2003 Steve took on the role of Sports Science Manager at the Olympic Medical Institute working towards the Athens Olympics as acclimatization manager.

In 2005 Steve moved to the English Institute of Sport, based at Loughborough University, taking up the position of Regional Lead and furthering his work with athletics. In 2009 he took on the role of Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport. Through 5 Olympic cycles Steve has experience of working with over 40 Olympic or World medallists.

He has specific expertise in the domains of modelling the determinants of performance, oxygen uptake, training monitoring and recovery.
 

Chris Price
Physiotherapy & Soft Tissue Therapy

Chris Price is Head of Physiotherapy at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), leading a team of over 60 (full time or contracted) physiotherapistsChris PriceChris Price working across a range of Olympic, Paralympic, English (non Olympic) and professional sports.

After qualifying in 1990 he spent ten years in a variety of positions within the NHS and private practice before moving into sport in 2000 as Head of Physiotherapy at the University of Bath Sport Injuries Clinic, working with sports including Triathlon, Skeleton, Athletics and Modern Pentathlon.

After the EIS was established in 2002 he began working on a contracted basis for the organisation alongside his duties at the Sports Injuries Clinic, before moving full time to the EIS in 2006 as Senior Regional Physiotherapist for the South West.

Three years later he was appointed to a national role as Head of Physiotherapy, where he is currently responsible for driving the organisations strategy on the discipline.

He has experience of supporting athletes from a wide range of sports at major events including the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester (Triathlon), the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Turin and Vancouver (Skeleton) and London 2012 Olympic Games (Sailing).

Joanna Harrison
Performance Lifestyle

Jo joined the EIS in July 2002 with an honours degree in Sports Studies from De Montfort University. Originally employed as a BusinessJo Harrison Administer Jo quickly progressed to the role of ACE Advisor (Athlete Career & Education) and later Athlete Support Manager – working across Olympic and Paralympic sports based in the North West.

Towards the end of 2005 after gaining UK Sport’s Performance Lifestyle accreditation, Jo became British Cycling’s Performance Lifestyle Advisor in Manchester, working closely with all the riders on the GB Olympic and Paralympic programmes. In this role over 2 Olympic cycles, Jo supported the personal development and lifestyle management of elite riders across the performance pathway and played a key role in British Cycling’s centralised Olympic Academy programme.

In 2010 Jo was promoted to a Technical Lead position where she became part of the senior management group for the discipline and was responsible for the technical leadership and line management of Performance Lifestyle practitioners based in the North.

Jo holds an ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring.

In December 2013 she took up the role of Performance Lifestyle Head of Service.  

Pete Lindsay
Performance Psychology

After studying Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moore’s University and an MA in Sports Psychology at Sheffield Hallam Pete joined thePete Lindsay EIS in 2007, initially working with Boxing and Judo.

He continued to work with Boxing throughout the entire London 2012 Olympic cycle, also working with Gymnastics (2009-14) and Athletics (2009-12), as well as a number of non-Olympic sports including McLaren F1 and Manchester City FC.

He also held Technical Leadership responsibilities within the EIS psychology team (2007-14) before being appointed Head of Sport Psychology in May 2014. 

Paul Worsfold
Biomechanics

Paul has worked as a consultant for the EIS since 2009 and was appointed as head of biomechanics in 2014 where he leads the nationalPaul Worsfold delivery of biomechanical services to Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports.

He has an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences from University of Southampton and a PhD in sports biomechanics from the University of Chichester. Paul also lectures at the University of Chester where he has supervised more than 50 Masters Dissertations and 4 PhD students to successful completion. He has over 30 journal publications, 4 book chapters and is also co-author of the book ‘The Science of Rugby’.

Paul has provided science support to a wide range elite sports and governing bodies since 2002, including the RFU and Premiership football clubs. Paul specializes in assessing and understanding the interaction between the athlete, their equipment and the environment in which they perform. As a result, he has worked as a consultant for a range of international equipment manufactures and has been an expert biomechanical witness within a number of litigation cases in the USA.
 

Emma Ross
Physiology

Dr Ross joined the EIS in August 2013 from the University of Brighton, where she was a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology.Emma Ross

She has a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences, a Masters in Coaching Science, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and a Ph.D.in Exercise Neurophysiology.

Alongside teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, she has led research projects investigating the mechanisms of exercise tolerance in heat and hypoxia, neuromuscular fatigue and neural adaptations to training and she currently sits on the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Sport and Performance Committee.
 

Peter Brown
Performance Knowledge

Dr Peter Brown was appointed Head of Performance Knowledge in 2013. He has an undergraduate BSc and Postgraduate MSc from CardiffPeter Brown Metropolitan University and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Nottingham Trent University. He is a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and has a research profile which focuses on the respiratory system limitations to human performance in athletes and personnel working in physically demanding occupations.   

Prior to joining the EIS Peter was a lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the University of Derby where he completed a PGCHE and gained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy [HEA]), and worked in the private sector as a physiology consultant working on major projects with the Armed Forces in the UK and UAE, Emergency Services and other industrial partners.

Peter’s role within the EIS is to facilitate, capture and exploit the great breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise within the practitioner teams by enhancing connectivity and opportunities for sharing knowledge across the organisation.
 

Stafford Murray
Performance Analysis

Stafford has worked for the English Institute of Sport since 2002 where he has set up the network of performances analysts and coordinated theStafford Murray biomechanics service.

Since joinging the EIS, Stafford has worked on a multitute of sports including squash, where he was the England team manager for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

A former junior British Squash Champion and World No. 1, Stafford completed a sports science degree and a post graduate qualification in research methods, followed by an MSc in Performance Analysis.

He lectured on Notational Analysis and Research Methods for two years at the University of Wales, Cardiff, before working as a consultant to more than fifteen international sports teams including South African Cricket, Welsh Rugby and England Squash as well as and presenting at numerous international sports conferences.

He has published over 40 papers, as well as three book chapters, on both technical and tactical analysis of racket sports in both peer reviewed journals and internationally recognised coaching magazines. 

Nik Diaper
Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine for Paralympic Sports

Nik has worked in elite Paralympic sport since 2002, during which time he has held a number of Paralympic roles and directly supported a wideNik Diaper range of Paralympic sports.

He joined the EIS in September 2004 as a Sports Science Intern, following the completion of an MSc in Exercise Physiology. Prior to this he spent 2 years as the sport scientist with the Great Britain Wheelchair Tennis team, who he supported at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

In 2005, Nik took the role of EIS Paralympic Performance Profiler working in partnership with the British Paralympic Association. In addition he attended the 2008 Paralympic Games as part of the BPA sports science and sports medicine team that developed and delivered the Beijing 2008 preparation strategy.

From 2009-2011, Nik was the EIS Senior Talent Identification Scientist responsible for the development and delivery of the UK Paralympic talent strategy, which was specifically targeted towards the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Nik is currently the EIS Head of Sports Science and Sports Medicine for Paralympic sports and a Performance Lead for Paralympic sports, where he has the remit to design and deliver the EIS Paralympic sports science and sports medicine strategy to ensure that EIS service provision is tailored towards the unique needs of Paralympic sports and athletes.
 

 

Dr Kevin Currell
Performance Nutrition

Dr Currell joined the EIS in 2006 as part of the Practitioner Development Programme having studied Sport Science at Liverpool John MooresKevin Currell University, followed by a masters in Sports Exercise Physiology at Sheffield.

He also has a PhD from the University of Birmingham on the effects of carbohydrate in endurance performance, has the IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition and is a registered nutritionist.

He has worked with the Great Britain Triathlon team for over six years and was part of the support team which helped the athletes achieve the sports first Olympic medals at London 2012.

He also supported the GB Canoe Slalom team throughout the London Olympic cycle and works with the GB Short Track Speed Skating team.

He was appointed Head of Performance Nutrition in February 2013 and oversees a team working across more than 30 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports.
 

Alex Wolf
Strength and Conditioning

Alex joined the EIS in 2004 and was amongst the first cohort to complete the UK Sport supported internship in Sheffield.Alex Wolf

He moved to London in 2007 to work with UK Athletics and then to Bisham Abbey in 2009 to become Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for GB Rowing, working with the sport throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic cycle. He is also a UKSCA Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and part of their tutoring and assessment team.

In May 2013 he was appointed Head of Service for Strength and Conditioning.