The Brilliance Series, London 2015


'The Brilliance Series London 2015' consisted of four half-day (morning) workshops at different London venues, including Lord's Cricket Ground and City of London Club. The workshops were full of stimulating, engaging conversation with leading sportspeople and peers. Richard Hill MBE (Rugby Legend and former World Cup-winner turned Professional Mentor) was present throughout the Series. The workshops were facilitated by Neil Burns, Julian Powe and Steve Turner of London County Mentoring.

London County Mentoring develops the best leaders to be better, and also helps emerging leaders to become brilliant too.

Video : Feedback From Our Workshop At Emirates

Meet the London County learning facilitators

Explore the art of 21st century leadership with leading sports professionals and like-minded 'leaders in life' from across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Stimulated by the stories and candid reflections of high-performing individuals about their journeys through sport, take advantage of the rare opportunity to exchange deep personal insights about being a brilliant leader in the face of ever more complex challenges.

We have now enjoyed four excellent learning events, starting in the Denis Compton Room, Danubius Hotel, Regents Park in April, the iconic Long Room in The Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground in July, the City Of London Club in September and finally the Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, in November.

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“The quality of the learning space that London County Mentoring creates is special. The intimacy, the honesty, and the trust they create with their clients enables participants at their learning events to really explore what is most important to them as an individual. They offer an outstanding opportunity.”

Andy Flower OBE
Former ICC International Cricketer of the Year, 3-times Ashes-winning England Coach

“I have always been impressed by the quality and diversity of people that London County Mentoring has always managed to gather in a room. And, as the conversation flows, how much common ground there is from people of different backgrounds, different lifestyles, and people from different sports and professions. In terms of developing top performance, we can all learn from each other.”

Gary Lineker OBE
Broadcaster and Football Legend

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Tuesday 21st April 2015


The Venue – Denis Compton Room, Danubius Hotel, Regents Park, NW8 7JT

Exploring approaches to strengthen our personal resilience, and that of our people and organisations, in situations of high pressure and complexity.

Sporting guests included
Lloyd Scott MBE (former goalkeeper turned Deep Sea Diver Marathon Man for charity); Nick Compton (International Cricketer); Amber Hill (World Skeet Shooting Champion and former BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year); Simon Jones MBE (2005 Ashes-winning hero turned Sky Sports pundit); Tom Gaymor (former Racing Driver turned broadcaster and Academy Director Carlin Motorsport); Alan Butcher (former Surrey and England cricketer, ex Surrey CCC Coach, former International Coach of Zimbabwe); Angus Fraser (former England cricketer; Managing Director Middlesex CCC; England Selector; writer and broadcaster); Michelle Guiliano (Endurance Athlete and Rowing Coach turned entrepreneur); Roger Uttley MBE (former England Rugby Captain & England Manager); and Jason Lee (former England Hockey International & England Coach at London Olympics 2012). 

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Monday 6th July 2015


The Venue – The Long Room, The Pavilion, Lord’s Cricket Ground, NW8 8QN

We lead day to day through relationships, both inside and outside our organisations. We explored how leaders earn the right to influence, deepen trust levels in key relationships and strengthen the collaborative muscle of their organisations.

Sporting guests included
John Inverarity (retired Headmaster, Test cricketer and recently-retired Cricket Australia former National Selector); Katy Sexton MBE (former World Champion Swimmer turned teacher and coach); Ed Smith (former England Cricketer, turned broadcaster and writer); Adam Hollioake (former England 1-Day Captain and multiple trophy-winning Surrey Captain); Chemmy Alcott (former Olympic Skier); Dougie Crawford (former GB Number 1 Skier); Barry Richards (legendary South African Cricketer); Monty Panesar (England cricketer); Michelle Guiliano (Endurance Athlete and Rowing Coach turned entrepreneur); Richard Hill MBE (Rugby Legend and former World Cup winner); Roger Uttley MBE (former England Rugby Captain & England Manager); Tom Gaymor (former Racing Driver turned broadcaster and Academy Director Carlin Motorsport); and Jason Lee (former England Hockey International & England Coach at London Olympics 2012).

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Friday 4th September 2015


The Venue – City of London Club, 19 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1DS

Identifying and using our strengths, and managing our weaknesses, is a vital leadership capability in the 21st century. We explored a number of approaches to do this even better.

The conversations were led by:
Rugby Legend Richard Hill MBE; Alison Mitchell (BBC TV & Radio Presenter and SJA Broadcaster of the Year, 2013); Alexander Campbell (First Soloist, Royal Ballet Company); Michelle Guiliano (Endurance Athlete and Rowing Coach turned entrepreneur); Jason Lee (former England Hockey International & England Coach at London Olympics 2012); and Katy Sexton MBE (former World Champion Swimmer turned teacher and coach).

Tuesday 17th November 2015


The Venue – Highbury Suite, Emirates Stadium, London N7 7AJ

Focusing on ways in which we and our organisations can have an even more valuable impact in the world.

Sporting guests included:
Andy Farrell (Rugby Legend and current England Assistant Coach World Cup 2015); Nick Compton (International Cricketer); Barry Hearn (Sporting Impresario and Chairman of Matchroom Sport); Tony Cottee (Former England striker, now a Sky Sports pundit and sought-after speaker); Monty Panesar (England cricketer); Dr Ken Jennings (International Performance Psychologist and author of two sell-out books); Monty Panesar (England cricketer); Brian Stein (former Luton & England Footballer); Jason Lee (former England Hockey International & England Coach at London Olympics 2012); Martyn Moxon (former England & Yorkshire Cricketer, now Director of Cricket Yorkshire CCC, County Champions 2014 & 2015).


What people say about us

Neil Burns

“I have always been fired by a deep ambition to play international cricket. In my early 20’s, despite representative achievements in my teens, I did not have the platform of technique or mindset to achieve these international ambitions. Neil’s intensive work with me over the years has helped me no end to realise my goals– guidance that has helped me transform so many aspects of my life and approach, much more widely than just batting technique. There is now much more work to be done as I renew my commitment to improve as a professional cricketer and shape the many other contributions I would like to make in the world.”

Nick Compton, International Cricketer

“Since I began working with Neil Burns, I have experienced the benefits of being in a trusted one-to-one relationship. Trusted places are hard to find. Simultaneously, I have enjoyed my career-best performances both at County and International level, and been part of some outstanding series wins for England too. More importantly, Neil has helped me to develop ‘off the field’ and I am now more confident as a public-speaker and in dealing with the world’s media, through developing a stronger sense of identity and confidence.”

Monty Panesar, International Cricketer

Dr Ken Jennings

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the benefits of my experiences with Dr Ken Jennings and ‘The Professional Mentors’ at London County he has helped to develop. Ken comes with an impressive background and a reputation for facilitating successful performance in top sport. He has a calmness about him which enables others from a range of backgrounds to come together and feel comfortable. His leadership work through conversation at Workshops, enables him to share his knowledge in a unique way. Anyone seeking the edge in performance, (whether it be as an individual or in the leading of teams), would benefit from the specialist programmes Ken leads.”

Glenn Hoddle, Former England Football Manager; legendary Spurs, Chelsea, Monaco & England footballer

“Dr Ken Jennings is a inspirational and awesome man. He has a wisdom which is communicated in such a gentle manner, making the experience of spending time in his company feel special. For people in the field of performance who want to develop further, I recommend they spend time with Ken to help them understand more about themselves and how to remove obstacles which can block oneself from making progress. Most importantly, Ken focuses on an individual’s personal happiness as the key to success in life, believing that top performance naturally follows. From my experience, self-belief then grows.”

Kirsty Gallacher, Television Presenter

“Ken Jennings has a style of managing people and groups that elicits powerful self-discovery. My experience of participating at one of his workshops was fascinating. Learning in such a relaxed and calm environment is different and the sharing of knowledge and discussion amongst our group was wonderful. It is rare for me to be part of a learning group with people from different backgrounds, professions and ages but the mix, meant everyone had a meaningful experience. I recommend everyone who wants to understand more about personal development and how to expand their knowledge and take their performance to a new level by attending his workshops.”

Andy Flower, 3-Times Ashes-winning Coach England Cricket Team; former World Number 1 batsman (International Cricketer of the Year 2001

Julian Powe

“I have worked with Julian since 2008. He has provided coaching and mentoring support throughout this formative period for me, sometimes intensively, sometimes ‘ad hoc’; and regularly designed and facilitated important events for my global leadership team and other regional teams in the business. In these five years in my thirties, I have developed from a regional operations manager to a global Board role, based in New York. Julian has been pivotal to my growth – supporting me on my sense of purpose, helping me make decisions about my career and life, deepening my appreciation of my strengths and providing critical support to my leadership team as we have hardened the boldness necessary for us to succeed in a tough global market.”

Dave Brown, Managing Director, Network Services, IPC

“My work with Julian came at a critical time for me. I had developed a thriving charity in my late 20’s and early 30’s but I was ‘stuck’ in two important respects. We were interested in significant growth but not finding the way. And I was victim of a misplaced but strong ‘innocent belief’ that I should not earn a good living from something that helps people more in need than me. Our mutual work unblocked me – the charity now has a strong web of partnerships around the world and I have launched a commercial arm that provides additional funding for the charity and generates reasonable personal earnings.”

Social Entrepreneur and CEO, International Charity

“In the last twelve months, Julian has helped me and a number of other colleagues develop a more customer-oriented approach to our wealth advice relationships – engaging our clients more effectively on what is most important in their lives; really listening to them; helping them shape their personal visions; and supporting them to overcome the obstacles in their way. But more importantly, the work has helped me take stock of my own life as a business leader, wife and mother and I have made a number of significant readjustments of outlook and habit. One recent result has been a significant promotion in the business!”

Fiona Oliver, Senior Wealth Advice Manager, Major UK Wealth Management Business

Steve Turner

“I'm not sure I'd be in my present wonderful job without Steve's help. His coaching has given me such insights, support and confidence in my leadership roles over the last few years. Steve combines an engaging, challenging approach with a deep understanding of behaviour and organisations. This has enabled me to value and use my strengths within my organisation and to be less afraid of my weaknesses - rather to use my weaknesses to garner others support and lead in a way that not only plays to my strengths, but allows space for my team!!”

Penny Lawrence, International Programmes Director, Oxfam

“I've worked with Steve over a number of years and his counsel and advice have been instrumental in my career development. His coaching is highly prized by everyone who gets to work with him and I simply cannot recommend him highly enough.”

Margot Raggett, CEO, Lexis PR

“In his coaching Steve achieves exactly the right balance - at times he has challenged me and made me question my own thinking and performance, while at other moments he has provided support and encouragement that has helped me through some really difficult circumstances. I owe him a great deal.”

Claire Clancy, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly, National Assembly for Wales

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Richard Hill MBE

Will be linking together all of our participants at each event on The Brilliance Series through his understated way of bringing the best out of those around him - something all his former teammates valued highly about this brilliant Rugby player and World Cup winner.

Neil Burns

The Managing Director at London County will be hosting the learning events, and will integrate the leading sports personalities and business leaders to ensure the process offers every participant the opportunity to engage in a meaningful way with each other throughout The Brilliance Series.

Michelle Guiliano

Innovator, Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Business Development and Strategy Consultant, Coach, and Sports Enthusiast

John Inverarity

Former Test cricketer; retired Headmaster; former Cricket Australia National Selector

Jock Clear

Performance Engineer to Lewis Hamilton and other F1 World Champion Drivers including Michael Schumacher

Angus Fraser

Former England cricketer; Managing Director Middlesex CCC; England Selector; writer and broadcaster

Nick Compton

Middlesex and England cricketer; Captain MCC v Champion County (Yorkshire) 2015

Lloyd Scott MBE

Former goalkeeper turned Deep Sea Diver Marathon Man for charity. His story and recovery from Leukaemia is inspirational.

Tom Gaymor

Former Racing Driver turned broadcaster and Academy Director Carlin Motorsport

Katy Sexton MBE

Former World Champion Swimmer turned teacher and coach

Dr Ken Jennings

International Performance Psychologist and author of two sell-out books

Jason Lee

Former England Hockey (International Player), Coach at London Olympics 2012

Chemmy Alcott

Former Olympic skier, Star of ITV Dancing on Ice, Motivational Speaker

Dougie Crawford

Former GB Number 1 Skier turned coach and Professional Mentor

Amber Hill

GB Shooting, youngest winner of a senior World Cup in skeet shooting, BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2013

Roger Uttley OBE

Former England Rugby Captain, and Manager/Coach. Former British & Irish Lions Player (played in all 4 Tests on 1974 'Invincibles' to South Africa) and Assistant Coach (Series win v Australia 1987 Tour). Retired Head of Physical Education at Harrow School.

Simon Jones MBE

Former England fast bowler and Ashes-winning hero from the iconic 2005 series. Simon had to overcome several career-threatening injuries to experience the highs of elite sport before having to retire prematurely in 2013. One of the world's fastest bowlers in his prime.

Alexander Rossi

Racing driver who has featured in Formula 1 as test driver for Caterham F1 and reserve driver for Marussia F1. An American, Alex is in line to join the US Haas F1 team for 2016. Alex has competed in both the GP2 and GP3 World Championships.

Eddie Hearn

Matchroom Boxing is a world leader in sports management and TV production under Eddie's leadership. Eddie's Wembley show featuring Froch v Groves was a sporting sensation in 2014.

Neil De Kock

Neil De Kock is one of a select group of players to play more than 200 games for Saracens Rugby Club. The former Stormers and South Africa scrum half was part of South Africa's World Cup squad in 2003, made his switch to Premiership Rugby in 2006, and has become one of the most respected players in the game. Renown for his on-field and off-field leadership, Neil is one of the finest ambassadors for professional sport in the modern age.

Alison Mitchell

Former SJA Sports Broadcaster of the Year (March 2014) Alison is a pioneer, being the first woman to commentate regularly on BBC's Test Match Special, and the first woman to commentate on international cricket for ABC Grandstand in Australia. She has also presented live and commentated at Wimbledon and the Australian Open tennis, the Open golf, international hockey and artistic gymnastics, including being part of BBC Radio 5Live's award-winning team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Tony Cottee

Former England striker Tony Cottee scored on his West Ham debut v Spurs as a 17 year-old in 1983, and a hat-trick on his Everton debut in 1988 v Newcastle. He won the League Cup with Leicester City in 1999-2000, and made 726 first team appearances in his career, scoring 292 goals. Now a Sky Sports pundit and sought-after speaker.

Barry Richards

All-time great South Africa and Hampshire opening batsman, rated by the legendary Sir Donald Bradman as the best technician to ever play the game. He is also a former Chief Executive of Queensland Cricket, international broadcaster and a former consultant coach to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Ed Smith

Ed is a former Kent and England batsman who was captain of Middlesex CCC in 2007 when they won the T20 competition. As one of the foremost thinkers about sport and life, Ed has written some outstanding books. Today, he is an excellent broadcaster with BBC Test Match Special, and a highly-respected columnist for The New Statesmen and The Sunday Times.

Adam Hollioake

Adam is an Australian-born former England Test cricketer and successful England ODI Captain. He was a multiple trophy-winning Captain of Surrey CCC between 1999-2003. Adam was named Man of the Series v Australia in ODI's (May 1997) before he and his 19 year-old brother Ben made their Test debuts together in the 1997 Ashes series. Today, he competes professionally as a Mixed Martial Artist in Australia as well as being corporate speaker and occasional broadcaster.

Barry Hearn

Barry Hearn, sporting impresario who as Chairman of Matchroom Sport has transformed several non-core sports into global phenomenons with loyal TV audiences around the world. Snooker, Boxing, Fishing, Golf, Pool, Darts, Poker and Football (as Chairman of Leyton Orient FC) have all benefitted from his unique vision, sales and marketing skills. As Chairman of the Professional Darts Corporation, Barry has enabled Darts players to become multi-millionaires like he did for snooker players in the 1980's.

Paul Sampson

Paul Sampson, former England and London Wasps player, was awarded his first full England cap against South Africa at the end of the 1998 Southern hemisphere tour. He won two further caps, both against Canada on the summer North America tour in 2001. All three of his England appearances came on the wing and he has also played Sevens for England. Sampson most notably played for Premiership side London Wasps between 1996 and 2004, appearing for them in over 100 games. He also received the Premiership top try scorer award. He later played for 5 years at Championship London Welsh from 2006 to 2011, playing over 100 matches.

Alexander Campbell

Australian dancer Alexander Campbell is a First Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and on graduation joined Birmingham Royal Ballet before returning to The Royal Ballet as a Soloist in 2011 and was promoted to First Soloist the following year.

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Venue for Tuesday 21st April 2015

Denis Compton Room – Danubius Hotel

Combining prime location with first class customer service at the Danubius Hotel Regents Park makes for an ideal venue for our April event.

Venue for Monday 6th July 2015

The Long Room – Lord’s

The prestige of one of the cricket world's most celebrated interiors acts as the backdrop to our July event. The Long Room, hung with some of the finest paintings in MCC's impressive collection, is at the heart of cricket's grandest clubhouse and offers excellent views of the Ground.

Venue for Friday 4th September 2015

The City of London Club

Based in the heart of the City, ideally positioned just 5 minutes walk from Bank and Liverpool Street stations and close to many other transport links, the City of London Club. According to its first members, the Club offered 'a Place of Useful Resort' to those of 'known respectability' in the City. Since 1832, important City figures such as the first Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel and the original Rothschild family have used the Club to relax in good company and comfortable, elegant surroundings.

Venue for Tuesday 17th November 2015

Emirates Stadium, London

Situated in the iconic home of Arsenal Football Club.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is every event in 'The Brilliance Series' the same?

A: No.
Response: "Oh, so I can and should come to all four learning events".

Q: What will be different?

A: The subject matter.
Response: "Oh, each session is on a different subject with different speakers and a (potentially) different learning group for me to engage with then."

Q: What is the content?

A: There are four learning events that are linked together with a morning's workshop on 1. Building Resilience 2. Relating Brilliantly with Others 3. Making the Most of My Strengths and 4. Having Impact on the World.
Response: " Oh, that's brilliant news!"

Q: What will the Process Be?

A: Reflective, inter-active Exploration.
Response: "Oh, so we will get to engage with other people in the room, rather than just listen to the guest speakers sharing their individual candid reflections about the theme of the workshop. That's cool."

Q: Will I get some 'me-time'?

A: Yes
Response: " Oh, I like that. I lead a busy life and would benefit from taking some time to stop and think about me and my challenges, rather than just those I am responsible for leading."

Q: How will the morning unfold?

A: Neil Burns and Richard Hill will meet and greet participants over coffee at 0930. Neil will open the learning experience at 1000, and the sportspeople will share their candid reflections by rotating around each of the tables for ten minutes, with another ten minutes being available for questions from the table. Then, they will move to the next table until they complete 'the lap of the room'. Steve, Julian and Neil will then facilitate learning around the room based on the elements people connect to from the individual stories centred around the theme of the individual workshop.
Response: "So, the emergent learning in the room is what makes this so unique. Wow!"

Q: Is there a 'special rate' for future leaders who are currently students?

A:Yes. Thanks to the generosity of some benefactors, London County will be prepared to offer a small number of scholarships to suitable applicants if they email with their background story and why they believe they are a deserving case.
Response: "Wow! That's great news.. I will get on the case and email now..."


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