Garrath Williams: Sports Performance & Programme Manager

An old boy of Wellington School, Somerset I graduated from Thames Valley University with a BA in History and Business. After a gap year travelling and playing rugby for Washington DC RFC in the then East Coast division of the US Super league, I joined the British Army; attending the Army officer’s Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. After 12 months at Sandhurst I was commissioned into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and was posted to Germany as an Armoured Infantry Platoon Commander. A keen sportsman, I took full advantage of the sporting opportunities the Army had to offer; and was lucky to travel to New Zealand on a rugby tour, and spend a month in Norway with the Nordic Ski Team as well as playing squash, hockey, cricket and golf to a respectable level. After four years' service, including time in Kosovo and Canada, I grasped the opportunity of a transfer to the Australian Army.

As an officer in the Australian Army I continued to maintain my interest and passion for sport as a player, coach, manager and administrator. It was during my time in and immediately after returning from Afghanistan that I was struck by the many similarities between the performance and team culture in both sport and the military. Alongside a thoroughly rewarding and successful Army career, I was privileged to be involved in some amazing projects that allowed me to prove the links between the people and environments I enjoyed. These included planning and managing sports tours and events as well as creating and project-managing an international fundraising rugby match in the run-up to the 2013 British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia, which raised in excess of £100k for military charities. I also established Endurance Development, a small organisation that provided bespoke team, character and leadership development facilitation to elite sport, school and corporate clients.

I spent ten amazing years in Australia, living in New South Wales, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and working in far-flung places like the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. When I returned, with my family to the UK, still as an officer in the Australian Army, I became heavily involved in a variety of projects. These included the International Defence Rugby Championships, supporting with UK specific roll-out of the Australian Government’s Sports Diplomacy policy, and the Invictus Games as both a Team Liaison officer for the 2014 London Games and part of the successful bid team for the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games.

After two exciting contracts as the Performance Manager at Sporting Edge and the Ethical Leadership in Sport project manager at the Leadership Trust I was thrilled to be offered the role of Sports Performance & Programme Manager at Sevenoaks. My concept for sports and performance is simple. Through the provision of world-class facilities, the support of motivated, experienced and dedicated staff and the implementation of an adaptive and winning mindset, potential for sport and performance at Sevenoaks School and the wider community is boundless.