Geoff Thompson MBE

World Karate Champion

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Geoff Thompson was appointed to the GB Sports Council - now Sport England in 1990 following an outstanding career in competitive Karate.

He was five times World Karate Champion from 1982 to 1986 and holder of over 50 national and international titles. As one of Britain’s most successful and celebrated sportsmen of the 80’s Geoff made a transition from tracksuit to lounge suit where he established himself as a sports politician and administrator.

He was a participant in the Government’s 1988 Review of Sport in the Inner Cities and, as a member of the ambassadorial team, was heavily involved in promoting Manchester’s bid for the 2000 Olympics and the successful bid for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. He joined Salford University Business Services in 1991 and was Vice President of the Sports Aid Foundation’s North West Region. As founder and Executive Chairman of the Youth Charter for Sport, Culture and the Arts he has, for the past fifteen years, been at the forefront in developing policies and innovative approaches looking at the role of Sport, Art and Cultural Activity and its social impact in addressing anti-social youth culture behaviour.

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
• Member of its Grant Assessment Panel
• Director of the Sports Council Trust Company
• Member of Sport England and Board Member of the New Opportunities Fund

Geoff is also an Honorary Fellow of the former Institute of Leisure, Amenities and Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and currently serves as an Independent Assessor for the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Geoff has served as an Independent Assessor for the following Departments and Bodies…

• Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Group
• Office of the Deputy Prime Minister - Beacon Council Advisory Group
• Home Office and Treasury Police Service Assessment Centres
• Prison Service Pay Review Body, Department of Skills and Employment
• Pensions Regulator body, Office of the Schools Adjudicator
• General Medical Council’s Case Examiners for their fitness to practise procedures
• Ministry of Justice and the Department of Constitutional Affairs

As one of the World’s leading motivational speakers, Geoff’s unique journey from social disaffection describes how sport helped him to overcome social and cultural adversity to achieving personal achievement and team success and results that have led to this unique pursuit of personal excellence.

Now reflected in his Corporate Coaching enterprise, Geoff travels the globe engaging, motivating and inspiring leading executives, middle management and corporate work forces through his executive coaching and mentoring programme and on how Corporate Social Responsibility polices and strategies can successfully improve behaviour and performance in the corporate workplace.

Assignments have included…

• BP
• Shell Oil Company
• Marks and Spencer
• Guardian Media Group
• British Telecom
• Ford Motor Company
• Royal Bank of Scotland
• Financial Dynamics, Warburg Dillon
• Manchester United FC
• Lawn Tennis Association
• Rugby Football Union
• British Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Bruntwood

Geoff has also worked with the following universities…

• Manchester Metropolitan University
• University of Manchester
• Salford University
• University of Lancaster
• Roehampton University
• London School of Economics
• University of Pretoria
• University of Louisville

The Sports Writers Association, the Commonwealth Sports Awards, the Variety Club of Great Britain, and the prestigious Arthur Bell Trophy for outstanding contributions to sport have recognized Geoff for his work.  He has also been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Geoff’s current work as a motivational speaker and executive coach and mentor provides a unique balance between the business of Corporate Social Responsibility and how Government, business, public / private sector and other organisations can maximise their effectiveness and performance in realising the potential of young people and the wider community.

In 1995 Geoff was awarded an MBE for his services to sport. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law (honoris causa) from the University of Roehampton and this year he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the University of Central Lancashire.

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