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Keynote Speaker

Matthew Syed

Matthew was England’s top table tennis player for more than a decade. He’s now best known as author of the bestsellers Bouncmatthew syed 2019e, Black Box Thinking and published in 2018, You are Awesome. Matthew challenges organisations to avoid institutionalism and open themselves up to change. Feedback should be shared with everybody. Just as the entire aviation industry learns from each aircraft’s black box after an incident, failure should become an opportunity to adapt and grow. That sense of openness can also see innovation and improvements arise from anywhere.

Syed has worked as a commentator for the BBC and Eurosport, and as a journalist for The Times since 1999. He is a regular pundit on radio and television, commentating on sporting, cultural and political issues. 

As a sports writer he won Sports Feature Writer of the Year at the SJA Awards in 2008 and Sports Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2009. His first book, Bounce, was published by HarperCollins in May 2010; it won the 'Best New Writer' category of the British Sports Book Awards


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