Originally from New Zealand, Alex graduated with a physiotherapy degree from the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy in 2010. He worked in the private sector for the first three years of his career treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions, developing a sound knowledge base and critical understanding of injury presentation. While still in New Zealand, Alex’s passion for sports rehabilitation led him to work with regional and national rugby teams and the premier youth football academy, in a physiotherapist-sport medic role.
In 2014 Alex moved to London where he has continued his physiotherapy career working in various private clinics around the city and studying the latest evidence-based approach to strength and conditioning for athletes returning to sport.
Alex is passionate about exercise rehabilitation and client empowerment. After ten years in the industry, he firmly believes the best results are achieved when both injury-specific and contributing personal lifestyle factors are addressed throughout the treatment journey. He has a very hands-on style to treatment and rehabilitation – employing several techniques including myofascial release, neural mobilisation, spinal manipulation, and postural correction.
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Solicitor and Football Advisor
Founder of The Parents’ Guide to Football
After being educated in the UK, Billy moved to Switzerland to complete his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the Business School of Lausanne.
He returned to London, enrolling at BPP Law School and graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree in 2011. Billy then spent a year in Asia working in law and education, before returning to the UK to begin his career as a lawyer.
While undertaking his legal training contract at a central London law firm, Billy completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law and Practice, graduating with merit from the British Association for Sport and Law at De Montfort University.
After five years working full-time in the legal profession advising businesses and individuals in various sectors, including sports, Billy joined a football agency to advise players as both a lawyer and football intermediary.
Since 2018, Billy has worked as an independent lawyer and advisor. He takes time to work closely with his clients and believes in building genuine relationships that go beyond just the immediate work. His significant experience as an advisor, together with his extensive network in law, football and among brand-owning companies allows him to provide frank and concise advice to his clients.
Jack Hicks-Flynn, CPsychol, is a Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology, as well as the professional Qualification in Sport & Exercise Psychology, making him an expert in his unique field.
Jack is the Lead Sport Psychologist at West Ham United and specialises in the delivery of psychological provision to professional and amateur athletes of all ages and backgrounds, with the aim of improving performance and personal wellbeing. Additionally, Jack works extensively in high-performance settings in both the sporting and corporate domains, delivering practical and evidence-based workshops to organisations and sports teams to promote a psychologically informed environment which ensures the psychosocial and emotional needs of individuals are valued, understood, and acknowledged.
In his work with individual clients, Jack offers a warm and non-judgmental approach, allowing him to build rapport and establish trust effectively. Jack’s integrative approach encourages the holistic development of others through techniques grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Existential & Humanistic approaches, and Psychological Skills Training (PST).
Chartered Sport & Exercise Psychologist
Lead Sport Psychologist at West Ham United
Strength & Conditioning Coach
James Ralph is a private performance coach who specialises in strength, power and speed. He works with a select number of Premier League players, including Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Entrusted by players and clubs alike, James aids in the programming of players’ individual programs within their club; gym work is carried out year-round; in-season is essential to combat the rigours of elite level competition, while off-season 1-1 camps maintain fitness.
James has close working relationships with medical, sports psychologists and performance nutritionists to optimise his athletes’ performance.
Matt Jones is a sports nutritionist currently consulting in the English Premier League with West Ham United FC, in the Women’s Super League with Chelsea FC Women and in international football with the Scottish Men’s National Team. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science and is registered with the British Dietetic Association, Sport Nutrition Register. Matt has over 10 years of applied experience across 4 continents in support of special forces military personnel, elite professionals and multiple Olympians. Matt’s overarching philosophy is ‘simple, meaningful and with purpose’, he has the unique ability to simplify complex nutrition science and deliver it in an easy to understand, often entertaining manner.
West Ham United
Nathan is a trainee solicitor and football consultant with a wealth of experience in many aspects of the game.
After leaving the academy system in 2006, Nathan went on to obtain a first class law degree and successfully complete law school. He then spent several years at one of the UK’s biggest financial services firms in Grant Thornton, working in both advisory and tax roles.
In 2021, Nathan decided to return to law and complete his required training period to qualify as a lawyer in the UK. He recently completed a six-month training placement at the prestigious US law firm, Morgan Lewis, in their commercial division. Nathan is due to qualify as a solicitor in September 2023. He is currently halfway through obtaining his masters in international sports law from Sheffield Hallam University.
Nathan holds a UEFA B coaching licence and has coached at several elite grassroots and professional clubs. He spent the 2018-19 season as a video scout at Brighton & Hove Albion recruiting for their U23 team under the guidance of the club’s head of analysis, Eoin Bradford. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in football analytics from Birkbeck University which was led by Tom Worville who is now Data Scientist at RB Leipzig.
Nathan regularly writes informative pieces for players, intermediaries and families on the business of football via his linkedin page to spread awareness about the various regulatory frameworks.
Nizaar Kinsella is a Chelsea correspondent with experience covering international football at the World Cup and European Championships. He is a trusted voice within the Chelsea community, attending almost every game and having spent many years doing so. Coverage on Goal.com has seen him invited onto CNN, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport and BeINSports to comment on the turbulent world of the Stamford Bridge club. He previously worked for the Daily Mirror and BBC Radio Manchester, as well as a period working in the UK charity sector.
Chelsea Correspondent at Goal
Saffery Champness LLP
Rhys is a tax manager in the Sports & Entertainment Group, focusing on the tax and wider business affairs of various high-profile sports individuals.
Rhys oversees over 70 professional footballers who between them in the 2018-19 season collected 40 major medals, both domestically and internationally. He is therefore very well versed in issues such as agents’ fees and image rights, both in explaining the tax implications of various scenarios and dealing with Premier League clubs in relation to his clients’ affairs.
As well as an enviable client fantasy football team, Rhys’ portfolio includes various individual sportspeople; European Tour winning golfers, international rugby players, champion boxers and Olympic gold medallists. His work in golf includes expert advice for non-UK golfers who participate in UK tournaments and are taxed in the UK not only on their prize money, but also an apportionment of on-course commercial revenues and ranking bonuses.
Rhys writes on subjects such as overseas athletes, agents fees and image rights on his blog at taxingsport.com; breaking those issues down to help educate players, intermediaries and the public alike, as well as addressing various common misconceptions in tax often portrayed by the tabloids.