Prof. Geoff Thompson MBE, FRSA, DL

Geoff Thompson has a 35-year track record in the social and human development of young people and communities through sport. As a former five times world karate champion, sports administrator and politician, he has realised a unique range of skill sets that have seen him advise, develop and deliver social and human project and programme initiatives with a specific emphasis on the balance between corporate social responsibility and legacy benefits to young people and communities globally.

Geoff has also undertaken a number of public and private sector appointments developing and contributing to equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels of society nationally and internationally. His roles have included Chairman of the Sport England’s Advisory Group on Racial Equality in Sport, A Member of its Grant Assessment Panel, a Director of the Sports Council Trust Company, Member of Sport England and Board Member of the New Opportunities Fund. Geoff is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and served as an Independent Assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for ten years.

He is the Founder and Chair of the Youth Charter, (www.youthcharter.co.uk), a UK-based international charity and United Nations Non Governmental Organisation that uses the ethics of sport, arts, cultural and digital activities to tackle the problems of educational non-attainment, health inequality, anti-social behaviour and crime in some of the most troubled areas around the world. Geoff is also, a Member of the Board of the London Legacy Development Corporation and an Advisory Board Member of the Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, USA, Advisor to the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and was Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of East London for two years. Geoff is currently Chair of the Operational Board of the Professional Footballers’ Association and Deputy Chair of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

As a leading motivational speaker and executive coach, Geoff’s unique journey from social disaffection describes how sport helped him to overcome social and cultural adversity to achieving gold-medal winning individual and team success and results that have led to this unique pursuit of personal excellence. Now reflected in his Corporate Warrior Leadership programme, Geoff engages, motivates and inspires leading executives, middle management and higher education institutions on how better results can be achieved both in the campus and beyond the campus and successfully improve behaviour and performance in the public and private sector workplaces. He has also advised the Local Government Association, ILAM, CIMSPA, as well as local authorities throughout the UK on the issues of youth and community policy and strategies, development and cohesion.

Geoff has received four honorary degrees and was awarded an MBE for his services to sport. In 2019 he was included in the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business List, in association with the Sunday Times and was named in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 influencers in London. Geoff was also awarded an honorary professorship of the International Business School at Xi’an Jiao tong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.