Andy McCann - Business Speaker

Andy McCann has been tested in a range of situations, with commercial clients who operate in highly competitive environments, to elite sport and military environments. Andy's private sector experience spans Financial Services, Manufacturing and Professional Services. Andy's public sector experience includes Health, Education and Local Authorities. His third sector work has involved national charities and local community groups. In addition, Andy sits on the Sport Wales Advisory Group and the Welsh Advisory Committee for the Stroke Association. Andy's work has been described as 'cutting edge' (Daily Telegraph) and he is regularly featured in the national press and on TV and radio. Andy has an interest in the development of mental toughness and performance. A visiting / associate lecturer at a number of universities in England and Wales and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine he has been a commissioned writer for a diverse range of publications.

A popular conference speaker, Andy McCann has spoken at various national business events where his accessible style draws from an expertise including over 25 years combined experience of education, business, neuropsychology and elite sports performance.

"Andy has extraordinary motivational gifts and insight into the minds of people in competitive situations or under stress where successful performance is essential. He knows how to develop confidence in high performers and others and to help them retain the knowledge he imparts. He is one of the most gifted people in his profession of anyone I have met." Dame Tessa Jowell, Shadow Minister for the Olympics

"Andy has been a big part of the success of the teams he works with. But I know from my own experience that he is also terrific working with individuals dealing with high pressure situations. His skills and experience have proven to be transferable across many sectors." Alastair Campbell, British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair

"I truly believe Andy is one of the premier operators, in his field." Shaun Edwards OBE, Wales and British Lions Coach

"It was great to engage Andy's professional services with the Red Bull High Fliers Day at the University of Bath's High Performance Centre. Andy demonstrated how he successfully works with elite sports people to unlock their true potential and be the best that they can be. " Jason Gardener MBE, Olympic Champion

"He has my highest recommendation and respect." Anthony Hughes MBE National Performance Manager, Disability Sport Wales Throws Coach, UK Athletics Paralympic Programme

"If there is one thing that I will remember about the rather busy conference it is Andy's talk." Professor Lalit Kalra C, H Kings College London

"Andy is a contributor to our 20Twenty Leadership programme. His sessions are inspirational and interspersed with useful images and interesting anecdotes. I can highly recommend him." Professor Brian Morgan, Director Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre, Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

"Andy excelled our expectations. His pragmatic approach to comparing high performance sports and high performance leadership was cleverly constructed and professionally delivered judging the needs of the audience exactly." Stuart Barnes, Business Advocate Forest Means Business

"Andy is one of that rare breed of people who have the vision and intellect to inspire virtually any audience. To see him operate is an uplifting, refreshing and pleasurable experience. I sat in on one of his seminars, for 300 people, dealing in the main with financial issues. First class, no other way to put it." Paul Fielding, Cambria Financial

"Andy embodies the qualities of a Michelin chef, but working in the world of performance." Andy Halliday, Team GB Men's Hockey Team Manager

"Andy's professionalism, expertise, knowledge and humour all contributed to a well-staged, thoroughly enjoyable experience for all our members and staff who were present."Ava Easton, Development Manager, The Encephalitis Society

"Inspirational. With Andy's relaxed and modest manner, light hearted comments and easy to understand images and allegories his points are accessible to all." Louise Bennett, Fundraising Manager for Wales, The Stroke Association

"We gained a real insight into prioritising. The session showed us numerous ways to keep improving." Rory Simmons, Chair of Governors, Cardinal Newman Comprehensive School

"The ReThink Group invited Andy McCann to speak to our sales team in July. The day was both inspirational and thought provoking with all attendees feeling extremely positive about challenging themselves to improve performance.The results following were dramatic with two records sales months following Andy's visit. I would happily recommend Andy's work to any individual, team or business that was passionate about winning and finding the extra edge." Gareth Jones, Regional Branch Manager, ReThink Recruitment

"I honestly believe it's no coincidence that my success has been under the guidance and help of Andy." Sam Warburton, Wales and British & Irish Lions Rugby Captain

"Anyone fortunate to be afforded this opportunity going forwards shouldn't hesitate to take advantage of his expertise." Jeremy Bates, LTA Head of Women's Tennis

"Andy has been very valuable and a pleasure to work with." Mark Earnshaw, GB Rowing Coach

"Andy is a true professional and his experience and knowledge in preparing athletes to perform at the highest levels is 2nd to none. Under Armour are delighted to be associated with such a respected leader and innovator in achieving the psychology and mindset for world class performance." Mike Dodds, Head of Retail Under Armour

"I have worked with 3 different psychologists across my career to date, but Andy's understanding of performance, and the human mind is incredible. I have won 2 World titles since working with him." Sam Brearey, European and Word Sailing Champion

"Andy and Steve Eaton MBE, gave an elite cohort of Welsh sport coaches a critical understanding of leadership qualities necessary to help improve their athletes performance. Not only was their talk really insightful and practical but it also identified core values necessary for success whether you are dealing in the world of business, sport or the military." Brian Davies, Head of Performance, SportWales

"Andy was able to use his personal experiences to deliver some key messages on performance and continuous improvement, and to illustrate how highly performing teams can stay at the top whilst striving to increase the quality of the outputs they deliver."Brian Evans FIS Area Fraud Manager, Wales (FIS Ymchwilydd Twyll Ardal, Cymru)

"Andy was Key Note speaker at our first Wales Men's Mental Health Conference. He closed the event with an enlightening, thoroughly enjoyable and accessible insight into mental health issues facing high performing individuals." Janette Kearn, Mental Health Matters Wales


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