Students at UCFB have the opportunity to learn from senior practitioners in the football and sports business.

In our Executive Guest Speaker Series, guest speakers visit UCFB to deliver lectures to students on an area of their expertise and to answer questions.

Guest speakers include the Chief Executives of Premier League football clubs, the directors of major corporations, senior figures in football governing bodies and in the core related industries of finance, marketing, media and broadcasting, along with leading journalists and academics. This gives UCFB students unique and unlimited access to a global network of contacts at the top of the football business and the surrounding industry.

Nigel Adkins - Manager of Hull City

Former professional footballer, physiotherapist and current manager of Hull City, Nigel Adkins, shared his advice with students as part of the UCFB Insight Series. Read more.

Guillem Balague - Sky Sports' Spanish football expert & international journalist

Following his recent Executive Guest Speaker session with students at UCFB Wembley, Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague still believes there is a lot Spain can learn from England, especially in a commercial sense.

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UCFB Guest Speaker Series: Guillem Balague
Brian Barwick - Chairman of the National League

UCFB ambassador and adviser Dr Brian Barwick explained how students will benefit in their future careers in the football and sport industry by studying at the world class facilities on offer at UCFB.

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UCFB Insight Series: Dr. Brian Barwick
Jane Bateman - Head of International Relations at The Football Association

During her visit to UCFB Wembley, Jane Bateman praised the work done in her department and advised students what their careers could look like in a similar role. Read more.

Rachel Brown-Finnis - Former Everton and England goalkeeper

Rachel Brown-Finnis has a central role at UCFB, acting as an ambassador and a member of the advisory board. She also regularly lectures UCFB students at both campuses and organises student placements and work experience opportunities within the industry. Read more.

Jon Champion - Sports commentator

Sports commentator Jon Champion sat down with UCFB TV to offer his advice to students, following his guest lecture to Taster Day attendees at UCFB Wembley.

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UCFB Guest Speaker Series: Jon Champion


George Cohen - 1966 World Cup winner with England

George Cohen, who is regularly named as England’s greatest ever right-back, gave students at UCFB Wembley a unique insight into the pitch at the 1966 World Cup during his talk at the Executive Guest Speaker Session. Read more.

Alan Curbishley - Former football player and manager for Charlton Athletic and West Ham United

Former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley speaks about his career and education as well as providing invaluable advice to UCFB students.

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Alan Curbishley: 'You Can't Prepare Enough' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series


David Dein - Former vice-chairman of Arsenal Football Club

During his talk with UCFB Wembley students, David Dein drew on his 20-year career at Arsenal Football Club and covered subjects such as employability and the decision making involved in hiring an international manager. Read more.

Neil Doncaster - Chief Executive at Scottish Professional Football League

A leading light in Scottish football, Neil Doncaster joined the UCFB as an advisory board member in 2013. As Chief Executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, he certainly has a strong history with UK football. Read more.

Julie Harrington - Chief Executive of British Cycling

Julie Harrington joined the world-renowned British Cycling as chief executive in 2017 following five successful years at The Football Association. In her time at The FA, Julie was managing director of St. George’s Park after coming to the team from her post as operations director at Northern Racing. She was considered an esteemed figure within The FA, managing the multi-million-pound Burton-based complex and around 350 members of staff. Read more.

Nick Hewer - Star of The Apprentice and Countdown

Having worked his way from junior level to owner of a London PR firm, Nick Hewer explained the necessity of good PR in the professional sports environment, during his visit to UCFB Wembley. Read more.

Chris Hughton - Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion

Chris Hughton speaks about his career and education as well as providing invaluable advice to students as part of the UCFB Insight Series.

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Chris Hughton: 'You've Got To Work Hard' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series


Gabby Logan - BBC sports reporter

BBC Sports reporter Gabby Logan sat down with UCFB TV to discuss her career and offer advice to students aspiring to work in media roles within the football and sports industry.

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UCFB Insight Series: Gabby Logan
Kait Ludwig - Club Marketing & Business Operations Manager at the Rugby Football League

Having worked her way up to Club Marketing & Business Operations Manager at the Rugby Football League, Kait Ludwig offered female students at UCFB invaluable advice on how to be a success in the sports industry. Read more.

Alistair Mackintosh - Chief Executive at Fulham Football Club

As a successful and renowned chartered accountant, Alistair Mackintosh, in his role as CEO at Fulham Football Club applied strong financial nous to the equally results-driven world of football. Read more.

Roberto Martinez - Manager of the Belgium national team

Hoping to guide the Belgium national team to glory at this summer’s FIFA World Cup, Roberto Martinez gave UCFB Etihad Campus students an insight into life as a football manager during his Executive Guest Speaker session.

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Roberto Martinez: 'Find Your Passion' | UCFB Insight Series


Steve McClaren - Former England, Newcastle United and FC Twente manager

Former England manager Steve McClaren outlined the vital ingredients needed to be an elite level manager when he was the headline speaker at a UCFB postgraduate taster evening.

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UCFB-LMA Insight Series: Steve McClaren
Alex McLeish - former Scotland national team manager

Former Rangers, Birmingham FC, and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish offered his advice to UCFB students as part of the UCFB Insight Series.

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Alex McLeish: 'You Cannot Succeed Without Failure' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series
Steve McManaman - Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England football player and BT Sport pundit

UCFB students recently enjoyed the unparalleled opportunity to meet current television football pundit and former Liverpool, Real Madrid and England midfielder, Steve McManaman, in an exclusive guest lecture at the UCFB Wembley campus. Read more.

Hayley McQueen - Sky Sports News presenter

Hayley McQueen, one of Sky Sports’ most popular and prominent presenters, recently visited UCFB Wembley to talk to students about her exciting career path so far, the increasing role of women within the sports industry and to pass on words of wisdom to aspiring media, broadcasting and journalism students.

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UCFB Insight Series: Hayley McQueen
Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur manager

During his exclusive interview with UCFB, Mauricio Pochettino made no secret of his passion for education having completed his university degree after he retired from playing at the age of 34.

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Mauricio Pochettino: 'You're Not A Manager, You're A Leader' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series
Chris Powell - Southend United manager

Former professional football player and coach Chris Powell speaks about his distinguished career as well as providing invaluable advice to UCFB students.

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Chris Powell: 'You Will Get Knockbacks' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series
Hope Powell - Brighton & Hove Albion Women's manager

Hope Powell became the first ever full-time manager of the England Women’s team in 1998. Her persistence and consistent voice made sure the women’s game became properly funded and administered.

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Hope Powell: 'Observe The Very Best Coaches' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series
Harry Redknapp - English football manager

Managerial legend Harry Redknapp speaks about his career and education as well as providing invaluable advice to UCFB students.

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Harry Redknapp: 'You've Got To Be Strong' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series
John Roder - Match of the Day commentator

Premier League and Match of the Day commentator, John Roder discusses shares his insights and knowledge from his career in the football industry with UCFB students.

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UCFB Guest Speaker Series: John Roder
Brendan Rodgers - Leicester City manager

In an interview with UCFB, Brendan Rodgers outlined his approach to the game and his processes, as well as giving an insight on how to become a successful football coach.

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Brendan Rodgers: 'Create Your Own Pathway' | UCFB-LMA Insight Series
Peter Salmon - Global Creative Chief at Endemol Shine, former Director, England at the BBC

A Burnley native, Peter has played a key role in the evolution of Britain’s television industry over the past three decades. Having held various positions across the sector, he has built up all of the experience necessary to perform in his current role – as Director England at the BBC. Read more.

Dharmesh Sheth - Sky Sports reporter and broadcaster

The Pitch View West Auditorium overlooking the pitch at Wembley Stadium was full for last month’s exclusive guest lecture with Sky Sports News Reporter Dharmesh Sheth. Dharmesh is one of the UK’s most recognisable sports broadcast reporters having worked at Sky Sports News since its inception in 1998, and became an instant favourite with UCFB students. Read more.

Niall Sloane - Director of Sport at ITV

Hailing from an illustrious career in sports journalism, Niall Sloane has been at the forefront of British Sport broadcasting for almost 30 years. Working for the BBC for several decades, he now heads up ITV’s sports programming. Read more.

Gareth Southgate - Manager of the England national team

Around 500 students gathered to hear from the England manager as he told tales from his playing and managerial career, advised students on how to deal with adversity at the highest level and revealed why England fans should be excited about the future.

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UCFB Guest Speaker Series: Gareth Southgate
Martin Tyler - Sky Sports commentator

UCFB Wembley students were treated to an exclusive guest lecture and Q&A from the voice of British football, Martin Tyler. Students were delighted to gain an insight into the life of the man that was crowned ‘Commentator of the decade’ in 2007 and whose voice continues to be heard commentating around the globe today. Read more.

Mark Warburton - Former English professional footballer, coach and manager

Former Rangers boss, Mark Warburton, sat down with UCFB TV to discuss his career and offer advice to students hoping for a career in the football and sports industry.

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UCFB-LMA Insight Series: Mark Warburton
UCFB LMA Insight Series

As a part of UCFB's Executive Guest Speaker Series, we interview some of the leading football managers in the game to pass on to students their knowledge and experience from within football. In partnership with the LMA.

Executive Guest Speaker Series