Before becoming a full-time hockey player in 2009, Hannah completed her PhD in Environmental Exercise Physiology at Nottingham Trent University after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Sport and exercise Science from Loughborough University and a Post Grad Diploma in Sports Nutrition with the IOC. She continues to build her nutrition business, A Word On Nutrition, which helps build businesses based on science and delivers bespoke nutrition solutions to individuals and corporations.
Hannah draws on experiences of significant setbacks in her career, such as England’s worst performance in their history at the 2014 World Cup, to provide valuable insights into the fundamental requirements of a performance culture and the core principles of effective teamwork. Hannah’s ability to articulate her personal learnings from performing in an elite sporting environment enables her to deliver insightful and personal Keynotes, presentations, seminars and candid Q & A’s.
Hannah’s international hockey career has been built on excellent self-awareness and ability to deliver time and again in a highly pressurised environment. Hannah believes the cornerstone to the Great Britain hockey team’s achievements has been the scrupulous attention to the culture, vision, values and behaviours developed within the group. She believes in the value of accountability, healthy conflict and an ability to work effectively with individuals with differing personalities as essential components to high performing teams. Hannah now consults for Investec within their organisational development team delivering presentations, workshops and facilitating sessions on areas such as leadership, collaboration, achieving sustainable success and managing change.
Hannah reveals the critical success factors for achieving sustained high performance in teams. An insight into the methods and strategies used by the Olympic Gold Medal winning Great Britain hockey team to move from 11th in the world in 2008 to Olympic and European Champions 8 years later.
The notion of truly understanding yourself in order to build a culture on trust and respect sits at the core of every great team. Raising self-awareness through a commitment to showing vulnerability, holding yourself accountable for your actions and accepting the benefits of conflict are essential for any high performing team and are bought to life through practical and engaging sessions.
The “mind of the team” is built on the strengths each individual brings to the group. Hannah introduces the concept of “super strengths” and how high performing individuals can foster internal confidence and an understanding of their value to the group, regardless of status or rank, to ensure the team as a whole can perform under pressure and adapt to different challenges.