Mentors

Yvette Thompson Nick MakinMatt Penneycard | Kevin Sharp | Clive Bawden| Nick Peters | Dave LevineMike Fatkin | Matthew Wheeler | Anthony Wreford | Richard Doughty | Ian J F Hutchinson

   
     

 

Yvette thompson


 

Yvette is an experienced and highly-acclaimed marketing, communications and PR professional with eleven years experience in the sports industry. A graduate of Newcastle University reading politics, a career in sport was a natural choice having grown up around cricket.

As PR and Media Manager at Durham CCC from 2004 to 2012, Yvette was responsible for all media, PR and digital activity as well as team liaison. Highlights included media management of Durham’s historic Friends Provident Trophy win at Lord’s in 2007, their LV=Championship double in 2008 and 2009 and, of course, England international matches in the North East.

Since leaving the Club in 2012, Yvette has managed Stephen Harmison’s Benefit Year whilst setting up her own consultancy, which includes clients in the sport, technology, retail and leisure sectors. Remits with clients range from social media and PR activation to full management of marketing and communication plans.

Yvette commented, “Having spent a significant amount of time in a professional sporting environment, I can appreciate that the transition from cricket into another career can be a daunting one, especially if you’re setting up your own business. I am in a great position to be able to offer guidance on the best value options available to you with regard to creating your brand, marketing and PR.”

Connect with Yvette on LinkedIn – uk.linkedin.com/pub/yvette-thompson/1a/884/430/ or email yvette@ytconsulting.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 
     

 

Nick Makin



Nick is a former professional cricketer who spent the 1997 and 1998 Seasons with Hampshire CCC, before embarking on a professional rugby career with the Newcastle Falcons and Cornish Pirates. After spending six months weighing up the choice between a career outside of sport or remaining as a sports professional, Nick decided to pursue a career in recruitment in the City.

Nick started out working on the equity market for the global search firm, Odgers, before joining a global commodity specialist firm. Nick is currently the Head of Commodities for Armstrong International, a company with a 25-year track record in placing candidates across all asset classes. He has worked on mandates across the entire commodity complex throughout the globe for a variety of leading independents, investment banks, hedge funds and private equity companies. 

Nick is a Durham University Graduate and is still a passionate supporter of cricket and the values that can be gained from playing. He feels his transition from professional sport into a new career may be helpful for those embarking on a similar journey, now or in the future.

If you would like to discuss your career outside of cricket with Nick, please contact him on 020 7762 3009 or email Nickm@armstrongint.com.

 

 

 

 

 
     
     
     

Matt Penneycard



Matt has worked in the private equity industry since 2002 in both the UK and the US. Matt has a passion for working with developing companies, particularly in the technology sector, where he is an angel investor. Helping young, growing businesses to achieve their potential is central to Matt's investment philosophy and his approach to the business of venture capital. So far in his career, Matt has invested in approximately 50 private companies across several sectors.

Matt is a huge cricket fan and an Associate Member of the MCC. Matt grew up in the West Country and went to Durham University, attending Hatfield College.

If you would like to discuss your career development, please email matt on mjpenneycard@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 
     

Kevin Sharp



Kevin is a former professional cricketer from Yorkshire CCC, who played from 1976-1992. During that time, he also captained the England Under 19s against Australia and the West Indies.

After leaving Yorkshire CCC, he went to Shropshire as Cricket Development Officer took responsibility for developing the game at a recreational level. During that time, he also played Minor Counties cricket for Shropshire CCC.

He returned to his home county in 2000 to Coach the newly formed Bradford/Leeds UCCE, before moving back to Yorkshire CCC in 2003 as Batting Coach. He stayed with the County until 2011, during which time he held the positions of 1st XI Coach, 2nd XI Coach and Batting Coach. He now coaches Shropshire CCC, Giggleswick School and is a Level IV Qualified Coach.

Kevin has recently acquired the qualification of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and has set up a business called Inspire and Excel Ltd with fellow Director, Richard Wrighton, to help individuals and teams reach their true potential.

Kevin is keen to act as a mentor to support, help and advise players or former players who may have difficulty coming to terms with issues such as a lack confidence and those dealing with unwanted emotions. He has previously experienced some very challenging times, which have taught him a great deal. He now aims to provide guidance to those who may benefit from his knowledge and experience.

Kevin commented, “It can only be a good thing that more and more players and ex-players feel able to share their problems. The stigma of sharing one’s insecurities is diminishing and we are now entering a time of increased self-awareness. Should you wish to explore the options to help rebuild confidence, relieve unwanted emotions or simply discuss personal concerns and issues, then please do not hesitate to make contact with me. It is my intention to help others avoid some of the issues that I went through in my own career.”

To find out more, visit www.inspire-excel.co.uk, or call Kevin/Richard on 07414 751438.

 

 

 

 
     

Roger Tattersall



Roger Tattersall was a professional cricketer at Lancashire when his career ended abruptly at the age of 24, due to injury. Since then, he has established a successful career in transport, and is well-known within his industry. He began driving lorries of various sizes, leading up to driving his own 40 tonne articulated lorry. From this, he decided to branch out and began selling trucks and tail lifts. He worked his way up the career ladder, taking on various senior and management roles including Managing Director, all within the transport industry.

He has progressed and succeeded thanks to pure hard work, determination and through making long-term contacts with some of the largest companies in the haulage industry to get to where he is now. His current position involves dealing with a variety of organisations, from nationwide companies through to small local businesses, using the connections he made all those years ago. 

He is proud to have life experience rather than academic qualifications, and would be happy to give PCA members the guidance they may need in and outside of cricket.

If you would like to discuss your career development, please contact Roger on 07970 134 439 or email roger.tattersall@tennantsdistribution.co.uk.


 

 

 

 

Clive Bawden


 

Clive Bawden has twenty years of experience in the financial industry and professional practice, the last eight working with some of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs raising finance or selling their businesses.  He now uses these skills to help grow sales and profits for his own clients, who are typically fast growth SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with turnover up to £20 million per annum – often but not exclusively supported by early-stage venture capital or private equity investment, and typically working towards a fundraising or capital event. He also works with private equity firms, professional services firms and others seeking to grow organically.

Clive’s qualifications include being a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, holding the Chartered Marketing Award as well as an MBA from Birmingham Business School with Distinction. As a commercially minded sales and marketing professional, he is good with numbers and systems and knows how to grow businesses quickly.

In his youth, he was a keen cricketer, appearing in Wisden under the auspices of Somerset’s 2nd XI, and spent a gap year playing cricket in Perth, Western Australia, where he picked up a new vocabulary from some kindly local ‘teachers’.

Whilst he was not destined to be the English Shane Warne, and sadly no longer plays cricket due to injury, he, like many other middle aged men, is currently gripped by an addiction to cycling, and is proud of having completed the Etape du Tour in the Alps in 2012 only two years after taking up the sport.

Clive can help PCA members with the following three things – learning how to network and sell yourself within the business community, ideas for new businesses and where to seek help to start and grow them, and lastly how to start planning for a career in business whilst still taking part in the game.

To contact Clive, please email clivebawden@lookafterbusiness.co.uk.  

 

 
 

 

 

 

Nick Peters


 

Nick has over fifteen years’ experience of working with individuals and groups in an educational, coaching and therapeutic capacity. He is passionate about self-development and particularly interested in helping others manage the psychological and emotional demands of professional sport, as well as the demanding transitional phases that sportsmen and women experience when adapting to life after professional sport.

Nick is an experienced MBACP registered counsellor working in both the public and private sector. For the past three years, Nick has been working as a counsellor for the Balham Community Counselling Service which works in collaboration with a number of GP surgeries in South London. Nick also works in private practice and has clinics in West Kensington, Balham and Oxford.

Before working as a therapist, Nick played professional cricket for Surrey CCC, travelled around the world and lived and worked in Spain for two years. He has also worked as a teacher of modern languages (Spanish and French) and PE in a number of secondary state and independent schools.

Nick holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Sports Science/Psychology, an MA (Hons) Degree in Hispanic Studies, and is currently completing an MA Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy. 

Please contact Nick at nickhp15@hotmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 
     

Dave Levine


 

Dave Levine is the current owner of ‘The Summit Partnership’, and has been involved in sport and coaching for over 20 years. Dave’s passion is supporting the development of individuals to maximise their talents.

Throughout his career, Dave has used his entrepreneurial spirit to develop a successful sport coaching business and, more recently, a business development and sports consultancy.

He has extensive experience of working with and for a number of large sport, education and commercial organisations including the FA, RFU, LTA, UK Sport, Johnson and Johnson, Morrisons, the British Council and Leeds Met University. He also held the unique position of Learning and Development Manager for the lead sport coaching organisation in the UK – Sports Coach UK.

Dave is a qualified executive coach and counsellor, and is currently a coach/athlete mentor for the ECB Elite Coach programme, UK Sport and Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. Dave also has an established personal coaching and counselling client base.

In his youth, Dave enjoyed playing football and cricket to county level. He now enjoys watching his children grow-up, playing and watching sport, as well as the adventure and challenges of working at a local, national and international level.

Professional Membership includes:

  •  Association for Coaching (AfC)

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Please contact Dave at david@thesummitpartnership.com or call 07545196327.

 

 

 

 

 
 
     

Mike Fatkin


 

Mike Fatkin is a former Chief Executive of Glamorgan Cricket and now runs his own HR and management consultancy business. He worked in cricket administration for 23 years, joining Glamorgan from Nottingham Trent University in 1986 after doing a Media degree and worked his way up to the position of Chief Executive, which he held for 13 seasons from 1996. He was a key player in the 2007/8 Cardiff ground development and in the venue being chosen as the first new home Ashes venue since 1902. He was Cricket Secretary when Glamorgan won its first ever one-day trophy in 1993, and the team went on to win three more major trophies – including the County Championship in 1997 – while he was CEO. He was CEO of Welsh Netball from 2009 until 2013, helping them to their highest world ranking and to their best domestic finishing position. Mike has stayed in touch with cricket, serving on several players' benefit committees, and is an Honorary Life Member of Glamorgan. He has been one of the five Trustees of the Tom Maynard Trust since its inception, also acting as lead administrator and Company Secretary for the charity. He completed an MSc in Human Resource Management in 2012 and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.  

You can contact Mike on 07815 550690 or email him at: mikefatkin@live.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 
     

Matthew Wheeler


 

Matthew Wheeler has been a leading figure in the international sports and entertainment market for over 20-years as a senior executive, entrepreneur and adviser. 

For the past 10 years he has worked, usually as chairman and often alongside private equity investors, with the executive management of a number of businesses in sport, media and entertainment to create and realise shareholder value.

Matthew is currently the chairman of BDA, Managing Partner of Sports Investment Partners (SIP) and a non executive director of Input Media.

  • BDA is an international creative marketing agency backed by Octopus Private Equity. BDA works with the world’s major broadcasters on branding, positioning and outsourcing of creative services.

  • Sports Investment Partners is the UK’s first ever investment firm focused purely on driving investment and growth in the sports industry. SIP was set up in early 2011 and partners include: Sir Martin Broughton, chairman of British Airways and former chairman of Liverpool FC; John Connolly, former worldwide chairman of Deloitte; and Nic Couchman, chairman of the leading specialist law partnership in sport.

  • Input Media is the UK’s leading independent sports television production company.

Matthew is a former professional cricketer with Northamptonshire and is currently a non executive chairman of the Professional Cricketers Association.

Please contact Jason Ratcliffe for further information at jratcliffe@thepca.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

 
     

Anthony Wreford


 

Anthony Wreford has worked for Omnicom, one of the largest advertising and communications services group in the world, for 22 years.

He has held two roles in cricket, as the Senior Trustee at MCC and as the previous non-executive Chairman of the PCA.

His other interests include a directorship at Portas Consulting, which specialises in giving advice and building business models across sport. Clients include governing bodies, clubs and corporate sponsors.

He has also consulted in the music industry, including Ministry of Sound, and is a regular advisor to various private equity firms.

Please contact Jason Ratcliffe for further information at jratcliffe@thepca.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 
     

Richard Doughty


 

Richard is 51 and currently an addiction therapist counselling offenders within an HMP in Yorkshire. During the 1980’s he played at Gloucestershire CCC and Surrey CCC having spent three seasons on the Lord’s Ground staff. Upon ending his playing career he spent the next 10 years within the sports marketing industry. Firstly working for Pentland Group PLC in sporting goods brands where he worked closely with the ECB in developing, designing and supplying all coloured clothing to counties, whilst also designing the first performance range of cricket footwear. He was also an active part in developing the brands awareness within soccer replica merchandise. Thereafter he joined Octagon Athlete Representation as a F.I.F.A licensed agent and Director of UK Soccer.

Richard’s life was badly affected by his own addiction, which lead him to seek help and find recovery through the Twelve Step programme. He has remained clean and sober from that day.

Since then he has re-trained and  worked within homeless hostels and was one of 18 ex-elite sportsman as apart of the RAMP mentor programme for the Youth Sports Trust, which works with young people with behavioural problems. Richard believes his training and experience has given him in the necessary skills to be able to help those seeking help to turn their lives around.

You can contact Richard at richardjamesdoughty@me.com

 

 

 

 

 
     

Ian J F Hutchinson


 

Ian Hutchinson played for Middlesex CCC between 1986 and 1992 and then continued to work within cricket, as a Grounds man at Lord’s for three years.

During his playing career he worked the winter periods in the City for the Imperial Life Assurance company. Since retiring from first-class cricket he has managed to combine coaching and running the cricket team at Mill Hill School in London, along with being a Partner at Howlett Reid Hutchinson, a small firm of independent financial advisers.

You can contact Ian at hutch@hrh-ifa.co.uk