Jonathan Gregory
Commercial Director
Leicester City FC

“Working with James and the team in the UAE was a great way to make new contacts, learn about the challenges other leagues and federations face whilst sharing my experiences and learnings from my role as a Commercial Director within two Premier League Clubs and at The Football Association. James had organised the event so that the training being delivered flowed smoothly and was delivered by the both of us.

It gave me exposure to a broad group of commercial managers, directors and owners and the chance to talk about their challenges and concerns, based on my experience. It was also a fantastic personal development experience and a great way to gain exposure to an emerging football market in a different territory.

James was highly competent and professional and it’s an experience I’d thoroughly recommend.”

Mr Ambrusio Arbutante
Modern College of Business and Science

“Mr James Tucker has been our advisor and external verifier since the last quarter of 2016. His expertise has brought our Business program to a new dimension, putting in place all necessary elements a centre must have. He has continuously been paving our flaws with his fair and constructive comments. As the examination officer and administrator of the college, it’s with great delight to acknowledge his contribution in aligning our work to international standards.”

David Thelfall-Sykes
Head of Marketing & Communications
Huddersfield Town FC

“I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with James on a project in the United Arab Emirates in late 2018, working with the UAE Pro League.

James’ deep knowledge of the area and the culture immediately showed and his ability to tailor the Pearson training course for the specific needs of the individuals was exceptional.

His knowledge, professionalism and the framework he offered made my job incredibly easy during my time there and I cannot thank him enough.

I hope I’m fortunate enough to work with James again in the future and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone looking to upskill their team or colleagues.”

Shane Hart Jones
Development Manager at UAE FA

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with James closely for 17/18 & 18/19 seasons.

James has been the lead on a football administration development through education project managed under the UAE FA for the UAE Pro League (AGL).

His work has involved building & accrediting curriculum through Pearson. He has also been vital in the recruitment of masterclass football specific speakers through his professional football network.

James has also delivered an international conference I managed in emotional intelligence, talent ID and non-conventional learning methods.

James has a refreshing way of challenging the norms of conventional learning through his modern-day insight, exciting topics and dynamic delivery techniques.

Working alongside James has been extremely refreshing, and I would highly recommend him for education development programs, course building, CPD and sports student academic projects.”

Paul​ McNicholas
Director of Risk and Governance
Everton Football Club

“I worked with James in September 2018 on the delivery of a 3 day training course for senior management of UAE football clubs on ‘Governance In Football’. The course sought to provide an overview of how football clubs in the Premier League are organised and governed, as well as looking at best practices from wider businesses in areas such as risk management, internal audit and compliance.

The course was a success, with positive feedback received from both delegates and organisers. James was supportive throughout the preparation and delivery of the training course and provided me with useful feedback to help me to improve my delivery. He had to deal with a number of problems and issues over the 3 days to ensure that the needs of the delegates were fully met, and he did this quickly and calmly. Overall working with James was a positive and enjoyable experience.”

Rob Mitchell
Commercial Director
AFC Bournemouth

“I had the pleasure of working with James after being invited by him to speak about commercial affairs in football to representatives from the UAE FA, clubs and Pro League Committee. James is very experienced in the education sector and has worked with a number of leading sports organisations. It was clear to see from my time with James in the UAE that he has a strong relationship with the clubs and governing bodies and they are gaining valuable insight from the educational courses he is delivering. I would certainly recommend working with James.”