John Neal

B.Hum, Dip Psych.

John Neal is Director of the Sports Business programme. He teaches a range of topics including leadership, team dynamics, coaching, change and personal performance. He is a performance coach who works with the potential of mind, body and spirit. He is also an exercise physiologist and performance psychologist and works throughout the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, US and Australia and is currently working with a number of professional sports organizations and blue chip corporates ranging from UKSport and British Olympic Association to the NHS, Tetra Pak and Orange.

Prior to joining the full-time faculty at Ashridge, John was Fitness Director to Middlesex CCC, Director of The Middlesex Academy and advisor to the England & West Indies Cricket Boards, MCC, Somerset C.C.C and the I.C.C. He has worked with teams at three World Cups across two sports and both genders. John is also the Wellbeing advisor to the Royal Household.

John’s background is in business and elite sport; over the past 15 years he has set up and run his own chain of health clubs, combining this business with consulting and teaching in public and private sectors. He has worked with elite international sports teams as a consultant psychologist, responsible for organisational dynamics and the individual performance of players and coaches.

John Neal

Publications

A Commentary on Simon Jenkins' Winning Formula, Man Management and the Inner Game: Commonalities of Success in the Ryder Cup and the Super Bowl

Peters, K. & Neal, J. (2015) A Commentary on Simon Jenkins' Winning Formula, Mana Management and the Inner Game: Commonalities of Success in the Ryder Cup and the Super Bowl. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 10(1), 263-265

A commentary on Nigel Edwards' 'Captaining the GB and Ireland team to victory in the 2011 Walker Cup'. 

Neal, J. & Peters, K. (2012) A commentary on Nigel Edwards' 'Captaining the GB and Ireland team to victory in the 2011 Walker Cup'. Annual Review of Golf Coaching of the International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 101-103

Wellness at Work and why it's big business

Neal, J. & Peters, K. (2008) Wellness at work and why it's a big business. Excellence in Leadership: The Journal of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (1) 74-76

The Myths and Thoughts behind Sports Management

Neal, J. (2008) The Myths and Thoughts behind Sports Management, PKUBR. Magazine from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China.

Sports Lessons from Business

Neal, J. (2004) Sports Lessons from Business. RFU Technical Journal

Lifestyle Planning

Neal, J. (2001) Lifestyle Planning. Ashridge Learning Resource Centre Learning Guides