Raymond Blanc OBE
Owner and Executive Chef
Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

A household name in the UK, Raymond Blanc is a self-taught two star Michelin chef and Owner and Executive Chef at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, the only country house hotel in the UK to have achieved two Michelin stars for a total of 30 years. Restaurants, bakeries, patisseries, hotels and a cookery school are but a few of his achievements, alongside being a best-selling author with his own BBC television series. He was presented with an honorary OBE in 2008 in recognition of his services to the British food industry and received the insignia of Chevalier in the Ordre National de Légion d’Honneur in 2013, for services to agriculture, the highest French decoration.

Anne Isaac
Head of Human Performance in External Safety
National Air Traffic Services

Air traffic control has a reputation for being one of the most stressful jobs around. It’s a true high performance environment and centre of excellence in managing stress and concentration. As the Head of Performance in External Safety for National Air Traffic Services, Anne hails from a background in neuropsychology and sport and, during her previous career in sport, worked alongside the All Blacks and NZ Olympics Teams.


Diego Masciaga
Director and General Manager
The Waterside Inn

Diego Masciaga knows what it takes to run a successful restaurant. Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, his portfolio includes a stint at Le Gavroche, opening Le Mazarin in London (a restaurant which gained a Michelin star after four months and went bust when he left) and he continues to make his mark at Michel Roux’s Waterside Inn, with the restaurant being the first outside of France to retain all three stars for over 25 years, with Masciaga having been there throughout. He holds a Master of Culinary Arts, was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Art de la Salle from the L’Académie Internationale de Gastronomie in 2010, has trained butlers for Prince Charles and has served Boris Yeltsin at the Kremlin and the Queen at Windsor.


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Previous Speakers at Leaders in Performance include:

  • Carlo Ancelotti, Manager, Real Madrid C.F.
  • Sam Presti, General Manager, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Arsene Wenger, Manager, Arsenal FC
  • Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland A’s
  • Sir David Brailsford, Performance Director, British Cycling
  • Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach, National English Rugby Team
  • David Moyes, Manager, Manchester United FC
  • Andy Walshe, High Performance Director, Red Bull
  • Sam Allardyce, Manager, West Ham United FC
  • Amar’e Stoudemire, Professional Basketball Player, New York Knicks
  • John Mara, Co-Owner and President, New York Giants
  • RC Buford, President & General Manager, San Antonio Spurs
  • Jerry Reese, General Manager, New York Giants
  • Ray Anderson, Executive Vice President of Football Operations, NFL
  • Bernard Petiot, VP Casting and Performance, Cirque du Soleil
  • Danny Ferry, General Manager, Atlanta Hawks
  • Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham, Chairman, Institute for Global Health Innovation
  • Simon Timson, Director of Performance, UK Sport
  • Toni Minichiello, Coach, Jessica Ennis-Hill
  • Paddy Upton, Performance Director, Cricket South Africa
  • Alastair Clarkson, Head Coach, Hawthorn FC
  • Prof. Vincent Walsh, Professor of Human Brain Research, University College London
  • Ric Charlesworth, Head Coach, Australia Men’s Hockey
  • Rick Peterson, Director of Pitching Development, Baltimore Orioles
  • Firas Zahabi, Head Trainer, Georges St Pierre & Tristar Gym
  • Maurice Wilson, Head Coach, Team Jamaica Track & Field
  • Lt General John Wissler, Deputy Commandant, US Marine Corps
  • Bob Bowman, Former Coach, Michael Phelps
  • Gary Kirsten, Head Coach, South Africa National Cricket Team
  • Mark Verstegen, Director of Performance, NFL Players Association, Founder & President, Athletes’ Performance
  • John De Witt, Senior Scientist on Biomechanics and Engineering, NASA
  • Major General Andy Salmon, General, Royal Marines
  • Jonathan Neale, Managing Director, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Team
  • Jean-Pierre Meersseman, Co-Founder MilanLab & Special Advisor, AC Milan
  • Mike Zarren, Assistant General Manager, Boston Celtics
  • Geoff McGrath, Managing Director, McLaren Applied Technologies
  • Andy Barr, Head of Performance and Therapy, NY Knicks
  • Gerry Ramogida, Head Performance Therapy, UK Athletics & Seattle Seahawks
  • Mark Cavendish, World Champion Cyclist and Tour de France Green Jersey Winner
  • Johan Bruyneel, Sporting Director, Team Radio Shack
  • Tony Strudwick, Head of Sports Science, Manchester United
  • Valter di Salvo, Head of Real Madrid TEC High Performance Centre
  • Chris Wright, President, Minnesota Timber Wolves NBA
  • Steve McClaren, Manager, Derby County FC