Andrew Ryan is Head of Media Legal and Business Affairs with the International Olympic Committee's Television and Marketing Services entity. He advises on all commercial media aspects of the IOC’s operations, with a primary focus on both rightsholder broadcast partner relationships and the Olympic Channel which was launched at the conclusion of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
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Angus is the Head of Legal at the Rugby Football Union. He is responsible for supporting the RFU's commercial programme, including sponsorship, licensing, broadcasting and events. Day-to-day work includes negotiating high value partnership agreements, and arrangements with stakeholders inside and outside rugby.
Brent John Nowicki is currently Managing Counsel and Head of Anti-Doping Division at Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. He joined the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2013 after 7 years as an attorney with the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP in New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University, where he was a member of the varsity lacrosse program, and his Juris Doctor from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, with honours.
Chris is the Company Solicitor at Celtic Football Club, working across all aspects of the club’s on and off field business. Coming from a corporate background at Dickson Minto, Chris gained valuable sports specific experience at one of Scotland’s premier commercial and sports law firms, Harper Macleod before opting for a career in-house.
James is Head of Legal at Chelsea Football Club. His role provides legal support to all areas of the business, including the commercial operations at Stamford Bridge and the men's senior, academy and women's teams at Cobham Training Ground.
James trained and qualified at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, before joining The FA's legal team in 2007. He was appointed as The FA's Head of Corporate Legal in 2011, before joining Chelsea in 2014.
Jason Hillman joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as Company Counsel in the fall of 2005, and was promoted to General Counsel in the summer of 2008 and added Vice President to his title in 2011. He has primary responsibility for the organization’s legal matters, including marketing and sponsorship, employment, television and radio, and arena matters at Quicken Loans Arena as well as select basketball operations matters.
Norman Wain is presently employed as General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field, Inc., the national governing body for the sport of track and field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States. His responsibilities include managing all business and legal matters for the organization (e.g. negotiating all contracts, managing corporate governance, handling anti-doping matters, litigation oversight, etc).
Oliver started his career as an in-house barrister, working for 6 years - latterly as Head of Compliance and Licensing - for the British Horseracing Authority. In 2010 he co-founded Global Sports Integrity, an independent company with unrivalled expertise in sports' betting integrity. Aside from his position as non-executive director of GSI, Oliver currently acts as a independent business management consultant for various disruptive start-ups and established businesses.
Ollie trained, qualified and practised for a number of years at a City firm with a leading sports practice, after which he followed his passion for motorsport by moving to Brawn GP at the beginning of 2010 shortly before its change of name to Mercedes. Since then Ollie has built upon the foundations of experience he developed in private practice (having acted for sportspeople, teams, clubs, governing bodies, venues, PR agencies and sports equipment brands) to go on to work with some of the greatest names in F1 including Michael Schumacher, Ross Brawn and, more recently, Lewis Hamilton.
Sean is an IP practitioner and trade mark attorney with a unique insight into, and focus on, brand protection issues. After 14 action-fueled years at Formula One Management Ltd where he was Brand Protection Manager Sean has set up on his own as a Brand Protection Consultant offering a unique one-stop resource for every conceivable brand protection challenge to help protect, develop and strengthen the IP rights that are crucial to commercial success.
Vijay is the Head of Legal at UK Sport, where he manages all legal aspects of investment into Olympic and Paralympic Sports and Athletes and bidding and hosting sports events including governance, commercial partnerships and regulatory matters. He is also Company Secretary to London 2012 charity International Inspiration, Committee Member of the NDPB Lawyers Group and a member of various law and sport business networks. He has Masters and Post Graduate Certificate in International Sports Law. Vijay loves all sports and the values they represent. He qualified as a lawyer to solely work in the sports industry. He is married with two children, speaks 4 languages and spends his spare time climbing, swimming and running