As part of our Global Sports Summit Series, we’re delighted to kick off 2022 with our annual Melbourne Global Summit, which will be held virtually this year due to ongoing travel restrictions.

All UCFB-GIS students and alumni will have exclusive access to three days of tailored talks from industry specialists, workshops and invaluable networking opportunities. Each session will be hosted by BBC Sport’s Mark Clemmit, and provides the chance to engage in conversation with the guest speakers.

Taster Sessions are also available for prospective students, designed to give you a sense of life at UCFB and the high-level industry professionals from the global sports industry you will regularly come in contact with. Click here to find out more.

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Here, we take a brief look at what’s on offer throughout the week, and who students can expect to hear from.

Day 1, Monday 24th January

The first session of the week will feature Tanya Gallina, General Manager of Club Services and Heritage at Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC). With over 20 years’ experience working in sporting clubs and venues, primarily in consumer and commercial revenue, fan engagement and strategic projects, she’ll provide invaluable insight into the Australian sports industry and beyond.

Another speaker will also be confirmed shortly for day one.

All students and alumni are advised to check their emails to find out more.

Day 2, Tuesday 25th January

The second day of the virtual event will see Josh Eltringham, General Manager of Venue & Event Services at MCC, and Rohan Sawyer, CEO of Queensland Rugby League, deliver exclusive sessions to those in attendances.

Josh initially joined the MCC in 2015 as the Executive Manager of Event Operations & Customer Service Delivery. With a wealth of experience in venue and event management, having worked within the industry for over 15 years at Carlton Football Club, the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Melbourne & Olympic Parks before making his move over to the MCC. 

Rohan Sawyer is an experienced leader with a breadth of experience working in the sports industry.  As of October 2021, he has been the CEO of Queensland Rugby League having initially taken on the role of Chief Operation Officer (COO) in 2018.  Prior to his work with the Queensland Rugby League, Rohan was the Strategy & Managing Partner at Event Sports & Entertainment (ESE), he was the Head of Commercial & Marketing for the Rugby League World Cup in 2017 as well as Australian Turf Club between 2011-2015, and has been involved in investment strategy for the likes of Goldman Sachs & UBS. 

Day 3, Thursday 27th January

The third and final day of the Summit will feature Sophie Henderson, Communications & Stakeholder Manager at MCG, and Brad Lloyd, Head of Football for Carlton Football Club.

Sophie Henderson has been the Communications & Stakeholder Manager at the MCG since 2019. The role sees her manage the team at the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Australian Sports Museum. Prior to joining MCG, Sophie's career involved a number of positions across the global sports industry; she was a Public Relations Manager for Australian Football League (AFL), Marketing & Events Executive for the AFL, Marketing Executive for Network Ten and an Event Operations and Staffing Officer at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club for the Championships.

Brad Lloyd played football at Hawthorn Football Club from 1997 to 1999 and was captain of VFL club Williamstown where he played from 2000 to 2006. He worked as an AFL player agent for Elite Sports Properties from 2001-2008, monitoring player contracts and marketing of ESP AFL clients. Brad joined Fremantle Football Club in 2008 in the role of National Recruiting Manager, and appointed to the Senior Management team at the end of the year, staying there for a decade.

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The 2022 New York and Miami Global Sports Summits will take place in person, as things stand, for the first time in two years in April. More information will be available shortly, and bookings are expected to fill up very quickly. Don’t miss out!