The Deloitte people helping to prepare Team GB
As Professional Services Partner to the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA), we are able to put our people at the heart of our partnerships.
Deloitte’s role is to provide strategic programme management services to the BOA to support effective, integrated and intelligent Rio 2016 planning and operations. This is delivered through a team of three Deloitte secondees within the organisation whose every effort goes into supporting Team GB to be ready for the challenge of their lives in Rio.
Meet our secondee team leading the BOA's Rio 2016 Programme
Our partnership with the British Paralympic Association has gone from strength to strength since 2007, supporting disability sport at both grassroots and elite level. Through fundraising and services we are helping them on the road to Rio 2016. The secondee and project teams are at the forefront of enabling Team GB and ParalympicsGB success in Rio.
I joined the firm’s audit practice after travelling to see the Sydney Games. Having qualified as an accountant, I transferred into the Sports Business Group (SBG). The SBG has a respected history of working on complex projects with high profile clients and when the chance came to second into the London 2012 Organising Committee, to work on the world’s largest and most complex sporting event, I jumped at it.
Two years later, Deloitte became the professional services partner of the BOA and I came across to head up the project and the BOA’s Programme Management team.
My team is responsible for all aspects of integrated operational planning, risk and issue management and reporting with a key focus on Team GB preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As part of the organisation’s Senior Leadership Team, I am involved in the broader business operations including recently developing the BOA’s 2017-2014 strategic plan.
Following London 2012, the BOA has focussed on building a sustainable business model that harnesses the legacy benefits of hosting the Games and reflects the changing domestic and Olympic sport landscape. Strengthening relationships with key stakeholders and detailed business planning have been critical components of this and I have drawn upon my SBG experience – such as stakeholder consultation projects for International Federations and modelling the financial impact of clients’ investments in sporting assets.
At Games time I transition across to manage the Team GB HQ in the Olympic Village. We will provide a ‘home away from home’ for the 350 athletes and similar numbers of officials and support staff in an 18 storey block that will be converted into high end residential apartments after the Games.
Within my first couple of weeks at the BOA, I presented the Rio 2016 Programme to the BOA Board including President, HRH The Princess Royal and Chairman, Lord Sebastian Coe.
Seb was a childhood hero of mine and an inspirational part of the London 2012 leadership team and it was great preparation for not getting star struck when supporting Team GB athletes this summer!
I have worked across multiple industries at Deloitte, providing programme management, change management and training services to clients. On joining Deloitte in 2012, my first project was with former BOA secondees from London 2012, who were extremely positive about their experiences.
I am a sports fanatic and have competed on the rugby field and in a rowing boat across the globe, so could not pass on the opportunity of working with Team GB!
I am responsible for the Games Services programme, ranging from accommodation to security. I support the project leads in delivery and develop the monthly report for the Senior Leadership Team. I also have ownership of certain projects, including Rio 2016 Games-time organisation design.
I bring expertise from Organisation Transformation & Talent, to allow the BOA to better perform at the highest level and work as a high performing team, just like the sports teams they support. At Games time, I will be based at Team GB’s preparation camp in Belo Horizonte ensuring all athlete arrivals, departures, transport and freight goes to plan!
I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team amongst the athletes, some of whom are my sporting heroes, and contributing to a (hopefully) successful Games.
At Deloitte, I am a Programme Leadership (PL) practitioner within Human Capital consulting, aligned to our Financial Services practice. I was seconded to the BOA in September 2015 following my promotion from the analyst programme.
This secondment is a great career opportunity as I have always been keen to work in sport and I had a special place in my heart for Team GB following London 2012!
As Programme Co-ordinator at the BOA, I do a variety of work around risk management, governance and planning, but I am also responsible for the programme management of the Rio 2016 Stakeholder and Support Programmes.
This involves the Royal Family, BOA Officials, HMG, and commercial partners amongst others, as well as the project management of the British House project.
As a PL practitioner, I have brought best practice programme management from my Deloitte experience to support the BOA’s Rio 2016 preparations, and support the programme as it transitions to a live Games Time operation.
At Games time, I will be managing operations at the British House, the private venue in Rio hosted by the BOA, Greater London Authority and Her Majesty’s Government. It will be relaxing base in the Lagoa region of Rio for Team GB athletes and their friends and family, as well as playing host to high profile business visitors from a variety of industries.