Confirmed speakers for Embedding a Performance Mindset conference on June 22nd 2017.

Catherine Baker - Founder of Sport and Beyond

Catherine’s desire to help people fulfil their full potential led her to set up Sport and Beyond in 2015.  Throughout her career Catherine has had one foot firmly in the world of sport, and one foot firmly in the corporate world. Catherine played both tennis and hockey to representative level, and her first qualification was as a tennis coach. She then went on to train and qualify as a solicitor at Magic Circle Firm Linklaters, spending the next 11 years in the corporate law field.  During that time Catherine moved across into a training role, and since then has built up a wide repertoire of training and delivery experience across education, sport and business. Sport and Beyond has a focus on driving high performance within the organisations they support, with clients ranging from international law firms, via large corporates, to National Governing Bodies and coaching organisations in the sports sector.  Catherine is also an independent Director of Parkour UK, the National Governing Body for the newly recognised sport of Parkour/freerunning.

Sport and Beyond has been working with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust since 2015.  The partnership has flourished, with both partners truly understanding the vision and goals of the other. Catherine states: “The impact that the Trust has, and the sustainable difference it makes to young people’s lives, is inspiring.  We know from working with the elite athletes who deliver the programmes how powerful the attitudes and mindset that they demonstrate, and instil, can be.  We also know from working with big business what a difference it can make to an organisation’s success.  Your people are your most important asset – why would you not want to make sure that they perform to their best?”

Paul Oginsky - Chief Executive of PDP

Paul Oginsky is Chief Executive of PDP which designs character education programmes including - On your Marks (Dame Kelly Holmes Trust), Reach for the Sky (Sky TV), Weston Spirit (Simon Weston MBE) and ‘Think Big’ (O2).

Paul led on the development of the National Citizen Service programme, and he advised on the cross government policy ‘Positive for Youth’.

Paul is a founding trustee of the Life-skills Education Alcohol Foundation and the Big Creative Academy.

He once won £20,000 on a TV game show, he has ran 10 marathons, parachuted 84 times, he is a qualified electrician, a black belt in karate and he took part in an expedition to save the Kakapo Bird.

Paul says "PDP and the Trust are kindred spirits, we share a belief that the most important part of any person is their character and given the right support everyone can progress and become more effective in their lives.

Together we have helped thousands of young people because we have a partnership built on mutual respect, working to each-other’s strengths  and having lots of fun. In a word it is ‘brilliant’."


Adam Whitehead - Head of Training and Learning Design at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

As the Head of Athlete Programmes Adam is responsible for leading the strategy and development of the athlete area at the Trust.   This includes both the training and development programme, which has supported over 800 world class athletes since 2008.  He also manages the Athlete Team at the Trust, who are all former world class athletes themselves.

Adam retired from an international swimming career in 2006 during which he was European and Commonwealth Champion and swam at the Olympics in the year 2000 but found it incredibly difficult to find what to do next with his life.  He was introduced to the Trust in 2008 and received world class support and development from them. The impact the Trust made on him made him want every world class athlete to have the same opportunity.  He finds the most rewarding part of his job is supporting athletes through difficult periods within their own lives and seeing them flourish in new roles or careers.

Adam's background is training and development and he has written programmes that are now delivered at the Trust as well as for other organisations previously.  He has worked his way up from being an athlete mentor, trainer, assessor and manager to the role he is currently in. He's proud to be an example of an athlete who is More Than a Medal.

Claire Bennett - Athlete Manager at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Claire's job is to support athletes in our GiveBack Team, whether that be supporting an athlete’s career pathway progression or ensuring that the delivery team are well supported, she deal with all things athletes. She also supports with the strategic planning and development of our athlete goals, and makes sure that the Trust are on track to delivering our targets set within our business plan.

Claire was a former elite athlete in fencing, winning Commonwealth gold  and initially joined the Trust in Jan 2013 as an athlete mentor. Even though she had some amazing moments during her fencing career, including winning a Commonwealth team gold medal, she had no idea how to transfer her skills into the ‘real world.’ She knows first-hand the positive impact the Trust can have on both an athlete’s and a young person’s life. Using her experience to support others gives her  a huge sense of achievement and fulfilment. Something that she is very proud of at the Trust is developing athlete support transition workshops for the athletes and recently launching our very own women’s staff leadership programme to support with the progression of female leaders at the Trust.