Ben Jones

Ben completed his Undergraduate study in Sport, Health & Physical Education BSc at Bangor University, achieving a first class honours in 2014. During the term that followed, Ben began a 4 year PhD studentship with the England and Wales Cricket Board, supervised by Professor Lew Hardy and Dr Gavin Lawrence.

The research examines the biographical development of ‘super-elite’ and elite cricketers and follows on from the UK Sport Great British Medallists project. Specifically, the study aims to identify the extent to which practice and training histories, along with demographic factors influence the pathway to the top in cricket.

The goal of the project is to begin identifying players that have a high probability of being successful at international level. There is also a significant applied emphasis to the studentship which sees Ben’s work informing selection meetings across the England Development Programme, along with the utility of Talent Testing, scouting, and performance statistics. In his spare time, Ben enjoys all aspects of sport, particularly football. He also enjoys travelling, including exploring the hills and returning to his family roots in the West of Ireland.


Itzhak Zur

Itzhak has extensive hands-on experience working with elite athletes, military personnel, and business clientele from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and ages. He worked for  three years as a full time Sports Psychologist for the Bney-Yehuda Football Club, one of the top soccer youth academies in Tel-Aviv, and assisted athletes from the Israeli National Judo team, as well as other professional sports. Since 2012, he has been part of the Behavioral Therapy of New York’s private practice team, and has worked with a diverse range of World Level karate, soccer, and fencing athletes, as well as Wall Street traders and start-up teams. He has served as a guest speaker for Ben-Gurion University in Israel and frequently led parent-group seminars. In his work he implements a range of methods developed throughout his career, including mental skill training, bio-feedback, imagery, and more. He teaches clients to improve their mental strength and gain a quiet, non-judgmental mindset in order to maximize their potential.

Alexandra MacGregor Alexandra MacGregor

Alexandra MacGregor completed both her BSc Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) and MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology degrees at Bangor University. Alexandra is currently studying for a Ph.D. which is a collaborative research project funded by the European Social Fund. She is working closely with local business and outdoor pursuits provider Surf-Lines in Llanberis over the course of her Ph.D. with the aim of applying the research to a business context. Alexandra is examining the potential psychological benefits of engaging in outdoor activities


Chin Wei Ong Chin Wei Ong

This is Chin Wei’s second stint in SSHES following an extremely rewarding year in the department’s highly-rated MSc programme for sport and exercise psychology. Chin Wei is currently working on a PhD that focuses on the areas of leadership and narcissism. He aims to further the current understanding of the temporal aspect of narcissists as leaders and the potential mechanisms behind it. In between his time in Bangor, Chin Wei spent 3 years as a sport psychologist in the Singapore Sports School, where he has gained valuable applied experience working with elite youth athletes. Chin Wei has also been actively involved in volunteer work since his undergraduate years in the University of Bath. In 2007, he was part of the IDEALS UK Sport initiative that partnered local NGOs to provide a combination of sport coaching, life skills education and HIV/AIDS awareness for underprivileged youths in Zambia. Recently, Chin Wei has also conducted youth athlete workshops at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Culture and Education Programme in 2010. Another area Chin Wei is particularly keen on is the social aspect of anti-doping research where he was awarded the WADA Young Investigator’s Award for social science research in 2010. His involvement in anti-doping research also allowed him to travel to the 2011 IAAF World Championships to collect data for a doping prevalence study.


Harry Manley

Harry Manley

Harry completed a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London. After completing his masters, Harry worked as a researcher in the Motor Control Lab at UCL, studying the role of rewards in skill learning and has presented his research findings at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington. Harry is currently studying for his PhD, funded by a 125th anniversary scholarship. In his research he applies neuropsychological theories of personality to understand performance under pressure. When not studying, he’s normally outdoors finding ways to get muddy.


Chelsey Dempsey Chelsey Dempsey

Chelsey completed a BSc in sports, health and physical education, and an MSc in applied sport and exercise psychology at Bangor University, before returning two years later to begin a PhD. During her two years away from Bangor, Chelsey was working towards her BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences) accreditation in elite sport with basketball, ice hockey, and biathlon squads to apply the knowledge she has learnt to help improve performance. During this time she also worked with several Team GB squads, UK Sport, and the ECB in order to better training monitoring through the use of an online training diary. Chelsey’s current line of research is looking at how and when self-efficacy may exert negative effects on performance.


Tommie Du Preez


After Tommie served in the military for 14 years, he came to Bangor University in search for answers regarding personality and performance. He completed both his BSc Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) and MRes degrees at Bangor University. Tommie is currently studying for his Ph.D. researching the darker side of personality and performance in extreme environments. Tommie is an enthusiastic supporter of the French rugby team, and he is at his happiest when he has a cup of coffee in his hand.


LeanneLeanne K Simpson

Leanne is working on a joint project with Lew Hardy, Ross Roberts (School of Sports, Health, and Exercise Sciences) and Paul Downing (School of Psychology) to study mental resilience. Leanne comes most recently from the MSc programme on War and Psychiatry at KCL. Her PhD is funded by the MoD with the research title Neurocognitive processes underpinning different aspects of mental resilience. The project is a multidisciplinary approach to understanding mental resilience in military personnel, combining a psychometric approach to understand the multiple dimensions of mental resilience and measuring individual differences in these dimensions. The research is using fMRI to determine the neural networks that underpin mental resilience.


RecepRecep Gorgulu

Before commencing his research at Bangor University, Recep obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science at Uludag University from Turkey. He completed his MSc in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology at Bangor University and his MSc project (Transformational Leadership and Coach & Athlete Relationship) was awarded for travel grant from ECSS 2012 in Bruges. After graduating from Bangor, he worked as a research assistant at Uludag University until came back to Bangor. Recep is currently studying for his PhD, founded by the council of higher education programme and his research interest lies in the area of stress and performance, more specifically looking at ironic process of mental control in competitive sport. Now, he totally believes that the PhD degree at Bangor University will have provided him with the opportunity to work with and learn from two world leading exercise and sport scientists. When he is not taking care of
graduate responsibilities, he enjoys playing and watching sports especially tennis and football.

Leonie WebsterLeonie Webster

Leonie’s PhD is supervised by James and Lew Hardy and funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Her research is investigating group dynamics within cricket, focusing particularly on group processes and stress. It is a four year PhD and involves working in an applied capacity, possibly with the England women’s academy, throughout. Leonie studied Sport Science and Social Science at Undergraduate level, followed by a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology, both at Loughborough University. Previously she was working as a Research Assistant and Associate Lecturer at Southampton Solent University


Caoimhe Martin


Caoimhe obtained a BA(hons) in Psychology from National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2008. In 2010 after 2 years of travelling Caoimhe came to Bangor to do the BPS accredited MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. She is currently researching on a 125th Anniversary Ph.D. scholarship. Her research is focused on behaviour change and more specifically centres around change talk. She has a keen interest in Motivational Interviewing and is pursuing advanced training in that area. When she gets a chance she enjoys applied work too, especially projects that are based in psychophysiology.


Ed BarneyEd Barney

Ed received a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Sciences from Exeter University in 2004 and MSc in Sport and Exercise Sciences from Loughborough University in 2010. Ed worked on his Ph.D. project in conjunction with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). His research aims were to create and validate a talent prediction model, which will identify players with the potential to become ‘worlds best’. His initial research has focussed on a battery of tests aimed at assessing the requisite psychological, physiological and skill competencies for future success. Further research focusses on ‘Moneyball’ principles such traditional scouting, tacit knowledge and performance statistics as predictors of future performance. In conjunction with the ECB’s strategic objectives Ed developed the relatively weak body of talent identification research. Beyond academia Ed has the enviable position of having competed, coached and consulted in elite sport. He competed as part of the British Sailing Team with top 10 world rankings and a position as tune-up boat for the Olympic representatives at Beijing 2008. Ed continued sailing professionally before being appointed as a National sailing coach in 2011 where he coached British youth sailors to back-to-back World Championship gold medals. In addition to work with the RYA Ed has consulted with UK Sport/EIS and a number of other sporting bodies in the field of talent identification.

Niamh Reilly

Niamh obtained a BSc (hons) in Psychology from Loughborough University, a MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Bangor University, and is currently studying for a Ph.D. which is funded by the European Social Fund. Her research aims to identify new techniques for training people with a learning disability to develop employment skills and to educate thosewho deliver this training. Niamh is passionate about disability sport. She works with Mencap Cymru to develop sport and leisure strategies and in the first year of her Ph.D. she formed and managed a Welsh National football team for people with a learning disability who participated in the European Championships in Geneva, May 2010. Niamh has a keen interest in applied sport psychology and has a great deal of experience working with Athletics at grass roots, national and international levels, as well as Association Football, Golf and Gaelic Football. Other research interests include the effects of anxiety on motor production and the use of skill acquisition techniques to eliminate choking, imagery use and training, coaching and athlete development. Niamh is a keen sportswoman and has represented Ireland at an international level for athletics, specifically javelin and heptathlon. She coaches and competes in Athletics, Hockey and Gaelic Football for Bangor University and is a professional dog walker.


Rosie PoynorRosie Poynor

Rosie received a BSc (Hons) in Applied psychology from Cardiff University following which she worked in executive recruitment. Rosie has recently completed her MSc in sport and exercise psychology from Bangor University and is currently undertaking an applied PhD partially funded by Sports Council for Wales. Rosie’s PhD research involves the application of psychological skills to performance environments and the design of practical interventions to enhance coach education and practice. She has worked with a number of elite-level individual athletes (e.g., in rugby and horse riding) and has delivered workshops to a variety of groups including GB Telemark skiing and bridge players. In Rosie’s free time she enjoys surfing, climbing and skiing.


Samantha McElligott

Samantha McElligott

After completing a joint honours degree in Law and French from Keele University in 2000, Samantha made the obvious career move into the outdoor industry spending 10 years working as an Instructor, Development Trainer, and Expedition Leader on many exotic overseas adventures. Concurrently, she studied Life and Performance Coaching, NLP and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring (Wolverhampton University). Samantha is presently researching transformational leadership in the context of Outdoor Expeditions. Samantha is an outdoor enthusiast and is passionate about developing peoples’ potential through the medium of outdoor experiences. Samantha likes having fun adventures with good friends, with tea shops featuring highly.


Stephanie Connell

After obtaining a MA in Psychology and Public Policy at the University of Glasgow, Stephanie completed her MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Bangor University in 2008. Her current research focuses on the optimal use of imagery. Other areas of interest include emotional controland team building. Representing Scotland at international level for over 8 years, Stephanie has firsthand experience of the psychological demands athletes face at the highest level. She has employed this understanding to inform her applied sport psychology work with high performance athletes from team to individual sports including the GB Telemark Ski Team, Bangor F.C. Youth Academy, athletics and rugby.