SSI Former Members

John Bolan

John Bolan

Working in mainly in the sports sector, John is a change consultant whose recent assignments involved major organisational change programmes for the Association of Colleges Sport (AoC) Sport, the creation of London Sport, for the GLA Major’s Office, the establishment of a County Sports Partnership – Get Berkshire Active (GBA) for Sport England and the creation of The Berkshire Cricket Foundation for the Berkshire Cricket Board.

He is a non-Executive Director of AoC Sport Ltd and Chair of Trustee of The Berkshire Cricket Foundation and local cricket club charity, Falkland CC Ltd.

Until recently, he was Chair of Trustees of Get Berkshire Active.

He is a business advisor, experienced coach and mentor and has held senior corporate roles as a CEO and HR Director where he led the design and delivery of change programmes in the UK, US and Europe.

As a business advisor he has led major change programmes in Sport, IT, engineering, legal, manufacturing and professional services businesses. He started his career in Industrial Relations and subsequently held various strategic and operational roles in HR and professional services.

John is an experienced project manager, consultant, and facilitator. He has an MBA and is an accredited practitioner in MBTI, SDI, Facet5 and Belbin psychometric assessment tools.

Lori Okimura

Lori Okimura

Throughout her three decades long professional career in sports, Lori Okimura has achieved personal and professional milestones including being the first woman ever to be named Sport Director of World ParaVolley international sport federation of sitting and beach paravolley, the first American woman to serve as an international technical official on the Jury of the Paralympic Games sitting volleyball competition (Tokyo 2020 Paralympics), the first Asian American Pacific Islander to lead the national governing body of volleyball in the U.S. as the former Board Chair of USA Volleyball (2014-2019), and the few woman to serve as a technical delegate for beach volleyball on the FIVB World Tour (2004-2019) and only American, male or female, to serve on the Federation Internationale de Volleyball beach commission from 2016-2021. She is known for championing a rigorous safeguarding agenda when affiliating with organisations and corporations. She contributed to developing the safeguarding program for World ParaVolley, the international sports federation of Paralympic volleyball disciplines, and Angel City Sports, an organisation focused on adaptive sport advocacy and human rights for youth and adults with physical disabilities, veterans and persons with visual impairment. Her work to pursue safeguarding of athletes and create opportunities to increase the participation of kids in sport continues with a project to establish the first Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Volleyball Club as it pursues a first-of-its-kind inclusive recreational community outreach in the sport disciplines of indoor, beach and adaptive volleyball helping future Olympians and Paralympians, volunteers and sport organisers prepare for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics and Paralympics. She served on the Board of Directors of USA Volleyball following the 2012 London Olympics, holding the position of Board Chair from 2014 through the end of her second and final term in 2019. During her tenure as Board Chair, USA Volleyball underwent a complete restructuring of its executive management team, redefined a strategic plan & priorities, and pursued an aggressive course of action in the area of SafeSport, including achieving lifetime bans and/or disciplinary action against offenders.

Guro A. Johnsen

Guro A. Johnsen

Before Guro A. Johnsen established her first company, AG Johnsen AG, in 2007 in Switzerland, she served in different roles for the Norwegian Olympic Committee (NOC). She was the NOC’s marketing manager and project manager for the ‘Women Project’, a 5 year athlete and management programme, ahead of the Olympic Games in Nagano and Sydney. She also represented the NOC on a range of boards and committees. Johnsen was later responsible for the negotiation of the agreement between Adecco SA and the International Olympic Committee, International Federations and National Olympic Committees for the Athletes Career Programme (ACP). She established and ran the programme in 25 countries as the Global Project Director based in Zürich. Adecco SA is a Fortune Global 500 company. For several years she was the manager for 4 Olympians (3 beach volleyball players- male and a walker – female) and one of the owners of a sponsor company.

She received a Masters degree from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, (focus on International Sport Politics and Organisation Culture in the NOC of Norway). She also received a Masters degree in Management from the Economics University, BI in Norway.

Johnsen serves as Treasurer, on the board of Women Sport International – the global voice of research-based advocacy for women in sport.

Gloria Viseras

Gloria Viseras

Gloria was the Spanish National Champion in Artistic Gymnastics at 15 years old and one of only nine women representing Spain in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.

She is a survivor of emotional, psychological and sexual abuse in sport. A few years ago she was able to break the silence and her case attracted media attention due to her public profile – and that of her former coach.

The social pressure she has suffered since disclosing has not kept her from becoming a campaigner for safe and healthy sport and for the protection of athletes against all forms of violence, with special attention on children in sport.

She is the co-founder of a non-profit organisation called Oro, Plata y Bronce, (www.oroplataybronce.com) dedicated to the protection of athletes against all forms of violence and to the promotion of safe and healthy sport at all levels in Spain.

She has an extensive professional background at international level in team and project management and is fluent in Spanish, English and German.

Trisha Leahy

Trisha Leahy PhD (Psychology), JD (Law)

Trisha is Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s (HKSAR) delivery agent for elite sport systems. She previously worked as Senior Psychologist at the Australian Institute of Sport. Dr Leahy has extensive experience at the front line of service provision to athletes who have experienced violence in sport, as well as in research and professional training provision to members of the athletes’ entourage. She was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission’s expert consultative group on the prevention of abuse in sport 2007-2015. She was also a member of a UNICEF expert working group advising on research and policy to prevent violence against children in sport from 2007-2009. From 2015 to 2017, Trisha was a Board member of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation, an international, USA-based organisation focusing on the development of women’s leadership around the world.

In Hong Kong, Dr Leahy has been extensively involved in community work, and has served as consultant/ advisor to key NGOs on gender and sexual violence. Trisha was a Board Member of the HKSAR Women’s Commission from 2011-2017, and the Equal Opportunities Commission from 2013-2019 where she was the Chair of the Legal and Complaints Committee from 2017-2019. She is currently a committee member of Hong Kong’s Vocational Training Council; and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee’s 2020 Research Assessment Exercise Panel. She is also the immediate Past President and Board member of the International Women’s Forum HK.

Her selected awards include:

  • The IOC Prince Alexander de Merode Award for research excellence for her work on body image in elite female athletes, 1999
  • The Australia Medal for services to Australian sport, at the Sydney Olympics, 2000
  • The HKSAR Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) in for her services to the community and to sport in Hong Kong, 2014
Dr Sergio Lara Bercial

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial

Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial is a Professor of Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University in the UK and the Vice-President for Strategy and Development for the International Council for Coaching Excellence. He has published widely in a variety of sport-related topics including youth sport and coach development, and his work is recognised globally. Sergio is also the co-founder of ICOACHKIDS, a global movement helping coaches put kids first in sport through the development of free resources for coaches, parents and sport organisations. Sergio also consults for multiple high-level organisations such as Nike, UEFA and FIBA. He is also a former international basketball coach for Great Britain and has coached club and community basketball for over 25 years.