Leon Mann has earned a reputation for delivering big name interviews – from Usain Bolt to David Beckham, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to Jose Mourinho. During his time at the BBC he made a name for himself as a regular reporter on Match Of The Day, Football Focus, World Olympic Dreams and British Olympic Dreams programmes. He has also presented the amateur boxing coverage on BBC 2. Leon has a real passion for making films and has written, directed and produced the highly rated BBC documentary on Usain Bolt: ‘The Fastest Man Who Has Ever Lived’. He's a keen writer too, being a columnist in The Voice Newspaper and has written for The Guardian, The Times and the Daily Mirror. In 2010, Leon founded the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS), a network that lobbies the UK’s leading power brokers in the media industry to raise the prospects and profile of black sports journalists in the UK.
The Sports Journalists Panel
12 - 1pm TC014
David was until recently the head of sport at the Mirror Group and formerly sports editor of both the Sunday and Daily Mirror. Apart from his executive posts at the Mirror, he was chief football news reporter for the Daily Mail and had three years as deputy sports editor at the Mail on Sunday. David spent three years as director of PR and corporate affairs at Leeds United, then 18 months as managing director of Barnsley. He is also a committee member and immediate past Chair of the SJA.
1.15 - 2pm TC014
Faye counts Premier League Productions, Sky Sports, BBC Sport and Channel 5 as just some of the TV channels she works for as a presenter, reporter and voiceover artist. Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Thibaut Courtois, Son Heung-Min and Danny Rose are among the players she has exclusively interviewed of late and last summer she travelled out to Russia to cover the World Cup. Currently, she is a regular on Sky Sports both as a reporter for Soccer Saturday and commentator for their netball coverage as well as being a member of the Guardian's Football Weekly podcast team. She has been a familiar voice on the radio airwaves too and has worked at a number of BBC and commercial stations - most notably for 5 live, Absolute Radio and talkSPORT.
Andy Burgess -
Internet filmmaker and storyteller