Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA – Youth Panel Moderator

Geoff Thompson is one of the leading legacy experts in sports development and politics with over 25 years experience in the bidding, hosting of major games and the positive impact of sport and the arts in the social and human development of young people and communities. He is Founder and Executive Chair of the Youth Charter (, a UK registered charity and United Nations accredited Non Governmental Organisation established in 1993. Geoff has advised major games, including: 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, 1997 FIFA World Cup, Nagano 1998 Olympic Bid, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, All Africa Games 1999, Manchester 2000 Olympic Bid, Commonwealth Games 2002 bid and games, Cape Town 2000 Olympic Bid, 2008 UEFA Soccer Championships, 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Geoff is also a motivational speaker, lecturer, life coach and mentor providing a unique balance between equality, diversity and leadership and how government, business, public and private sector can maximise their effectiveness through behavior and performance.  He has 25 years experience in public life and has served on a number of boards and organisations including:  Sport England, New Opportunities Fund, Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments and Sports Aid.

Geoff is a former five times World Karate Champion and holder of over 50 national and international titles and has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Geoff was honoured in 1995 in the Queens New Year’s Honours list with an M.B.E. for his services to sport. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Law by Roehampton University, an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Lancashire and an Honorary Doctorate of Education by Manchester Metropolitan University.