Greg Searle MBE  – Key note speaker

Greg Searle is widely regarded as one of Britain’s very best rowers of the last 20 years. Greg started rowing in 1985 after watching his brother Jonny win at Henley and Martin Cross win Gold at the LA Olympics in 1984. In 1988 he was selected in the coxed pair for the Junior World Championships where he finished fourth. For the following two years he was in the junior coxless four and he became only the second British junior to win two World Championship gold medals.

After leaving school he went straight into the GB team. Through the winter of 1991/92 Greg and Jonny trained in a coxless pair and won the National Spring Trial, beating a certain pair by the name of Redgrave and Pinsent. They then decided to aim for the coxed event and enlisted their cox, Garry Herbert. Their epic race in the 1992 Olympic final in Barcelona is now world famous. They rowed down the nine times World Champions and twice Olympic Champions, Abbagnale brothers to take the gold medal on the line in a breath-taking race.

In 1993 at the World Championships in Prague, the Searles cemented their reputation by taking the coxed pairs title away from the Abbagnales. The coxed pair had by then been removed from the Olympic programme and in 1994 Greg switched, with Jonny, to the coxless four. Greg travelled to his second Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta as a serious medal contender. Once again the Searle brothers were at the centre of the most exciting race of the Olympic Regatta, but were disappointed to come out with the bronze medal.

In 2000 he moved back to the pair with Ed Coode, in their Olympic final in Sydney they led to 1250m but could not hold an inspired French pair and succumbed in the last 15 strokes to USA and Australia to finish just outside the medals; a crushing fourth place. Greg stepped out of rowing in 2001 to take up the position as grinder in the GB America’s Cup team, and competed in the A.C.Challenger Series in 2002 with GBR Challenge.

He has also worked as a management consultant at Lane 4 Management Group since 1997, a company set up by Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, working with senior executives as a personal coach or facilitating team meetings and running developmental workshops.

In 2009 Greg announced a sensational return to competitive rowing at the age of 38, and gained a place training with the GB Squad in the winter of 2009. Greg’s performances throughout the winter earned him a place in the Eight for the 2010 World Cup regattas. Sensationally in Greg’s first competitive race in 9 years he won a Gold medal at the World Cup in Bled, and then followed that with a Silver medal at the World Championships in New Zealand. The 2011 season was no different for Greg as again he secured a place in the prestigious Men’s Eight, with his season culminating in another Silver medal at the World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

At London 2012 unfortunately the dream of winning a Gold medal 20 years and 1 day after winning Gold in Barcelona, was not to be. In a race where the GB Eight threw everything at the opposition in a “Gold or nothing” type of approach they still held on for an incredible Bronze medal.

Following London 2012 Greg retired (again!) from professional rowing and now applies his learnings from 4 Olympics to helping individuals, teams, and organisations be the best they can possibly be.

Dr Andreas Richter

Andreas ia Assistant Professor of Organisatuonal Behaviour at the Judge Business School. His research interests are Effective intergroup relations; organisational creativity; teamwork. (clinical and occupational settings). Andreas has worked on consultancy projects in the areas of team working as well as organisational creativity and leadership development. He conducted job application and self-management trainings, and is a client-centred counsellor (clinical and occupational settings). Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Andreas was Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Instituto de Empresa Business School, and a post-doctoral research fellow at Aston Business School.