Sir Clive Woodward enjoyed a highly successful business career whilst playing International rugby as an amateur. After retiring as a player he began his remarkable coaching career. After success at club level and England U21's Clive became the first ever full time professional Head Coach for England.
He immediately transformed the traditional practices of previous set-ups, introducing business principles, setting long term goals, paying attention to detail and planning the personal development of individuals in the basic skills, tactics and strategy of modern rugby.
The resulting transformation of the national side led to England at last beginning to beat southern hemisphere teams on a regular basis, becoming ranked No 1 in the world, and ultimately winning the greatest prize in rugby, the World Cup, in November 2003. On his return from the World Cup victory Clive Woodward was rewarded with a knighthood.
In 2005 Sir Clive entered the world of football, joining Southampton FC as Technical Director. Less than six months in to his new role he was promoted to the position of Director of Football, working alongside Head Coach George Burley.
In 2006 he joined the British Olympic Association and, as Director of Sport for Team GB worked in close partnership with all key stake holders in British sport to support of our national coaches, athletes and players to deliver the most successful Olympic Games for Team GB in the modern era. The team won 65 medals including 29 Gold medals, finishing in third position in the overall Olympic medal table.
Sir Clive Woodward has secured his place in history. His reputation as a world-class leader makes him one of the most sought after public speakers industry-wide. As the architect of England's greatest sporting achievement since the 1966 World Cup victory, Clive's visionary approach to 'winning' has captured the imagination of the sporting world.
But it's not only in the field of elite sport that Clive's principles have proven to have particular resonance. The philosophies inherent in the development of high performance teams are the result of a cross-pollination of ideas from Clive's experience of business and sport.