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Honorary graduates 2018

Dr Simon Timson (DSc)

Tuesday 17 July 2018 11:45am

Simon's career in high performance sport began whilst studying physical education at the University of Exeter. He was selected for the British Bobsleigh Team in 1990, winning a European Cup silver medal a year later.

Now LTA/British Tennis Performance Director, Simon is leading a strategy to make Great Britain one of the most respected nations in the world for player development. He is responsible for the coaching, science, medicine and technology programmes that support the country's best players.

Previously as Director of Performance at UK Sport (2013-2016), Simon led the high performance system to record success at Rio 2016 where Great Britain became the first nation ever to be more successful at the Olympic and Paralympic Games after hosting. Team GB's 67 medals represented their best performance since 1908. Paralympics GB enjoyed their best Games since 1988 winning 147 medals, and set 27 World Records. British winter sport also achieved historic Olympic and Paralympic success in Sochi 2014.

Simon headed the England and Wales Cricket Board's Development and Science and Medicine programmes (2006- 2012), helping drive a period of unprecedented success.

Prior to this Simon was Performance Director at British Skeleton (2000-2006) and led the Team to Olympic medals in 2002 and 2006. He is now Honorary Vice-President of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association. Simon has a PhD in Psychology and consults with global corporations and professional sport on leadership and high performance strategy.