Tom Boyle

Vice President, Global Partnerships Marketing & Operations, City Football Group

Tom is the Vice President, Global Partnerships Marketing & Operations at City Football Group and over twenty years has developed a broad understanding across all areas of top level professional sport. He has a proven track record leading teams across a multitude of major properties, including 2 x Olympic games, Football & Cricket World Cups, Commonwealth Games, WTA Finals, top level English Premier League & Bundesliga football clubs, and Grand Slam Tennis events.

Jorgina Busquets

Managing Director of Football Education & Recreation, City Football Group

Jorgina is currently the Managing Director of Football Education & Recreation at City Football Group, having joined in 2018. She oversees all of the Football Education & Recreation activities of the group globally, focussing on strategy, new product development, commercial and operations, with teams in the USA, UK, Australia, and the Middle East. Jorgina is also a Board Member of City Sofive Soccer, a JV that operates multiple small-sided soccer centres across the USA.

Romina Calatayud

Founder & CEO of Girls United

A lifelong footballer, Romina started Girls United after graduating from King’s College London in 2016. Her company now works with thousands of girls across the UK and Mexico, and has partnerships with the likes of Nike and COPA90. Romina is a regular speaker on sports entrepreneurship and on the grassroots game.

Dr. Laura Crossley

Programme Co-Director, City Football Leadership Institute

Laura has fifteen years’ experience working in education, learning and programming and is currently part-time Director of a heritage charity. Prior to this, she held a senior leadership role at the National Football Museum in Manchester, UK, where she was the strategic lead for learning, programming, exhibitions, digital, and collections, and was responsible for managing stakeholder relationships with individuals and organisations in the football sector, including the Football Association.

Rachel Crossley

Programme Co-Director, City Football Leadership Institute

Rachel brings fifteen years’ experience in learning and education. She has held senior leadership and consultancy roles in the learning, arts and charity sectors since 2013, across functions including strategic and financial planning, team leadership, fundraising and advocacy. She lectures for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, University of Cambridge, Royal Holloway, and University College London, among others.

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Katharine Curran

Strategy & Ventures Manager, City Football Group

Kath joined City Football Group on the Graduate Scheme, having previously worked in the sports industry as a tennis coach and sports camp manager. In her time at Manchester City, Kath has worked on a number of projects, ranging from IT system implementation to Manchester City’s digital art NFT drops.

Dan Edozie

Basketball Player, Motivational Speaker & Mental Skills Coach

Dan is a professional basketball player who, having previously experienced homelessness, turned his life around to represent England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He also played for Iowa State University and Bristol Flyers. Dan now channels his story to support others to develop a positive mindset and overcome obstacles.

Andy Etches

Co-Founder & Director at Rezzil

Andy is the Co-Founder and Sports Director for Rezzil, market leading VR training and cognitive development tool for elite football, installed in many top-tier football clubs. He has worked in sport for over ten years now, doing a wide range of roles related to data, analysis and performance. Andy’s career and knowledge took a real boost whilst working with Manchester City under Pellegrini’s title win in 2014.

Toby French

Career Tactician & Founder of Careers In Football

Toby works to help people find and access their career aspirations. He has delivered career workshops at high profile organisations including the Premier League, League Football Education, The FA and Kick It Out.

Serena Gosling

Director of Retail & Licensing, City Football Group

Serena has twelve years’ experience in commercial roles working across a wide range of major sports properties, currently for Manchester City Football Club and prior to that the London 2012 Olympic Games Organising Committee. She has extensive commercial knowledge of sporting organisations and events, with specialist expertise in licensing, merchandise and retail.

Katee Hui

Associate Partner at Pentagram & Founder of Hackney Laces

Katee works in strategy at Pentagram and has fourteen years’ experience specialising in brand strategy, sustainability and social impact. She’s also the founder of Hackney Laces, a community club for girls and women in East London that teaches football and life skills. In 2018, Katee was recognised as BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero for London.

Kristoffer Lewis

Esports Manager, City Football Group

Kris Lewis is Esports Manager at City Football Group. He is responsible for the oversight of City Football Group’s professional esports players, driving commercial growth of the esports division, exploring and developing new esports and gaming initiatives, and leading Manchester City’s ground-breaking partnership with esports heavyweights FaZe Clan.

Ryan Pessoa

Esports Player, City Football Group

Ryan has been a FIFA Esports Player for Manchester City since 2019 having previously played for Hashtag United and Excel Esports. Ryan has played at the top-level of FIFA since 2017, holding the record for most FIFA eClub World Cup qualifications and qualifying three times for the ePremier League Finals. Ryan has also worked with the likes of EA Sports, Red Bull and Facebook Gaming.

Rob Pollard

Head of Editorial, City Football Group

Rob has been a writer and journalist for a decade. He moved into football in 2013, becoming the Bleacher Report’s Manchester City Correspondent, and in 2015 was appointed Sports Reporter at the Manchester Evening News. A year later he moved to Manchester City where he is currently Head of Editorial, a role that sees him manage the club’s written content across website, app, matchday programmes and books.

Brian Prestidge

Director of Insights & Decision Technology, City Football Group

Brian has worked at City Football Group for nearly five years, starting as their Football Insights Data Scientist, before moving into the role Director of Insights & Decision Technology. Prior to this, Brian was at Bolton Wanderers Football Club in three different Head positions; Analytical Development, Player Recruitment, and Performance Analysis.

Michael Russell

Head of Production, City Football Group

Michael Russell has worked in television and video production for twenty years, spending the last thirteen of those at Manchester City. Prior to moving to the North-West, he grew up in Tottenham, North London and gained a BA Hons in Television Production from Middlesex University. He’s worked in broadcast television on shows such as Big Brother and Soccer Aid. Michael is currently the Head of Production at Manchester City and manages a team of more than 30 creatives including producers, editors and designers. His team delivers billions of video views every year and spends their time obsessing about what a global football audience wants to watch.