Professor Greg Whyte OBE

Professor Greg Whyte OBE PhD DSc FACSM FBASES

Director of Performance, The Centre for Health and Human Performance.

Physical activity expert, world-­‐renowned sports scientist and former Modern Pentathlete, Greg competed in two Olympic Games and is a European and World Championship medallist. Most recently known for his involvement in Comic Relief, assisting various celebrities in challenge events, Greg successfully trained Davina McCall in her ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ 506 mile ultra-­‐triathlon.

reg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief. He has trained, motivated and successfully coached the comedian David Walliams to swim across the English Channel and Along the River Thames; John Bishop’s Week of Hell; James Cracknell to run, cycle and swim to Africa; Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles and Gary Barlow to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro; Eddie Izzard to run a remarkable 43 Marathons in 51 days and most recently, helped Mel C, Dara O’Briain and others to raft 110k down the Zambezi river.

So far Greg has helped raise over £17 million for Comic Relief and Sport Relief projects.

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Speaker Biography

Greg is an Olympian in modern pentathlon, European and World Championship medallist. He is an expert in the field of sports and exercise science. Graduating from Brunel University, he furthered his studies with an MSc in human performance in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London.

Greg is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moore’s University and Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance in Harley Street, London. Greg’s former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association and Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport.

Greg is the preeminent authority on Exercise Physiology and Sports and Exercise Performance in the UK. An internationally recognised expert in the field, Greg has extensive professional experience assessing, treating and improving the performance of patients, sporting enthusiasts and athletes ranging from cancer sufferers to celebrities attempting their first mountain summit to Gold medal seeking Olympians.

Since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges for Comic Relief. Greg has trained, motivated and successfully coached the comedian David Walliams to swim across the English Channel the Gibraltar Straits and the length of the Thames; James Cracknell to run, cycle and swim to Africa; a team of 9 celebrities including Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles and Gary Barlow to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro; Eddie Izzard to run a remarkable 43 marathons in 50 days; Christine Bleakley to waterski across the English Channel; Dermot O’Leary, Oly Murs and others to cross the driest desert in Africa; John Bishop to complete ‘Bishops Week of Hell’ that involved John cycle, row and run from Paris to London. This year, Greg successfully trained Davina McCall in her ‘Beyond Breaking Point’ 506-­‐mile ultra-­‐triathlon.

In 2014, Greg was awarded an OBE for his services to Sport, Sport Science & Charity, and was voted as one of the Top 10 Science Communicators in the UK by the British Science Council.

Roles held:

  • Director of Sport Science at the Centre for Health and Human Performance
  • Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University
  • Chair of Scientific Committee, 2012 ICSEMIS Pre-­‐Olympic Conference
  • Member of UK Sport Research Advisory Group
  • Principal Investigator for World Anti-­‐Doping Authority (WADA) studies
  • Editorial board of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the British Medical Journal
  • Consultant to the board, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY)
  • Chair, ukactive Research Institute’s Scientific Advisory Board

 Greg is supported by Thirst for Knowledge and will be presenting

‘Weight Management: Balancing Diet with Physical Activity for Positive Patient Outcomes.’  

The fringe session will be held at 15.40 on Monday 22nd September 2014. To hear Greg speak register for BDA Live now

Thirst for Knowledge are exhibiting in the Great Halls.