CATHERINE BAKER | FOUNDER
Catherine’s desire to help people reach their full potential led her to set up Sport and Beyond. Catherine’s first job was as a tennis coach, supplementing her law studies. She trained and qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters (an international law firm) and spent 13 years as a corporate lawyer. We have forgiven her for this. She then moved across into training and education, and on to facilitation and a focus on helping organisations get the best out of their people. Catherine has recently been appointed as an Independent Director of Parkour UK.
All of Catherine’s experience in the working environment, in addition to her family life (she has three boys) has taught her one simple rule: understanding and self-awareness is key. Once you have this, you can achieve more than you thought possible.
Catherine is motivated by helping others, in tangible and measurable ways. She believes that what we do at Sport and Beyond is simple, effective, even straightforward, but with the potential to make a huge difference to people’s professional lives.
KINGSLEY JOHNSON | FOUNDING MEMBER
Kingsley has always enjoyed working with inspirational people and Sport and Beyond enables him to do this every day. Coming from a sporty background - where his mum enjoyed sprinting and netball and his dad is still a karate instructor - football, karate and middle distance running kept him occupied while growing up.
A multitude of jobs whilst at college and university helped to instil the ‘work hard, play hard’ ethos he carries with him. His degree in Business Administration helped to launch his early career in marketing, the bulk of which was spent at Baker Tilly, an international firm of Accountants and Business Advisors. Kingsley then moved into IT, project management and business consultancy, and many of the skills and lessons learnt he now uses in his role at Sport and Beyond.
Kingsley’s motivations are to work with people to help them be more effective in what they do, and his aim for the work he does at Sport and Beyond is very simple: implement the correct solutions, for the correct clients, to help them improve their lives.
NICOLA WOOLNER | FOUNDING MEMBER
Nicola’s love of horses coupled with the fact that she is a tad on the diminutive side, very competitive, and determined, meant that becoming a jockey was the perfect career choice. She has ridden on three continents and spent most of her career in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, where she became the first female apprentice to win the British Columbian derby.
Due to a career-ending injury, Nicola retired and returned to the UK and took up roles in sales, training and education, before joining the team at Sport and Beyond.
Nicola knows only too well that to be at the top of your game, being in peak physical shape is only half the battle; mental agility and emotional intelligence are just as important. In a competitive arena, be it sport or business, self-awareness and positive communication are keys to success. Nicola can empathise with how difficult it can be to make the transition from professional sport to ‘normal life’.
We are delighted to be working with an increasing number of Associates, and will be adding their details on to the website in due course.