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Shaper: Nick Keller

Nick founded Benchmark Sport in 2000, with the mission to grow an entrepreneurial sports company focused on talent management, events creation and entertainment properties.  Benchmark has evolved into a multi-faceted organisation that sits at the heart of sport, working with some of the most significant decision makers and influencers in the industry.  

Nick established the Sport Industry Group, comprising of the flagship Sport Industry Awards in both the UK and South Africa; the global sport for social change initiative Beyond Sport; talent management agency think Beyond Talent; global corporate sports participation brand Square Mile Sport; and specialist shared value and social change consultancy Think Beyond. Benchmark Sport now operates at an international level with a presence in the UK, US, South Africa and South-East Asia. 

During his career Nick has worked for some of the world’s biggest brands including Adidas, Barclays, Bloomberg, British Airways, BT, Deloitte, Eurosport, O2, The Telegraph, Sport England, Virgin Active and more. He is former Advisory Board Member for Sport and Society at the World Economic Forum and has been a Consultant to the International Olympic Committee. 

Interview highlights

For me, it has become obvious that business needs to think about how it contributes to society and so I live and breathe those words in my organisation as well.

My strongest belief is what binds organisations together is the ability to connect people, create networks that can deliver good towards society or the network or improve people’s lives.

At school, sport gave me self-confidence. I am immensely grateful for what the sport has done and I feel that my entire working life has been dedicated towards it.

The reasons I established Beyond Sport is because I saw post-financial-crisis that business & corporate worlds were going to have to connect to society in a very different way.

Think Beyond Talent ensures that as an athlete comes to the end of their career, they’ve got a sense of their story and purpose.

In one way we are closer to athletes because of social media, we can see exactly what’s going on in their lives. In another way we are disassociated from the physical context of knowing & understanding them.

I absolutely love collaborative moments with people who are bright & sparky. I have a phenomenal team that have that zip and zest and restlessness to them.

My sense is that we are still too many businesses that don’t understand truly how to bridge the gap between purpose & lending itself to a society.

Shaper: Neil Wright

As Founder and Managing Director of World Wide Internet Insurance Services (WWIIS), the parent company of Cover For You, Cedar Tree, Insurance & Escape and Outbacker, Neil Wright is not your average insurance type. Following a 10-year military career that began at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Neil served in The Queen’s regiment all over the world [...]

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Shaper: Dame Rosemary Squire OBE

Dame Rosemary Squire OBE is one of the most prominent women in British theatre of the modern era. Since she co-founded the Ambassador Theatre Group in 1992, it has gone onto become the world’s number one live-theatre company.  In 2016, Squire stepped down from her post as CEO to move into a new creative phase.  [...]

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