The chief executive of Women in Football, Yvonne Harrison, has been confirmed as the latest big-name speaker for the DIB inaugural ‘Business of Sport’ conference, which will take place on Thursday 7th September, at the Emirates Stadium, Lancashire Cricket Club, Manchester.

Yvonne became the CEO of Women in Football in 2021. The appointment followed her 20-year career in sport, much of which was within the grassroots sports and charitable sector. Yvonne has also established her own sports consultancy, Stryve, and previously she was the Managing Director of Project ’92, working with the ‘Class of ‘92’, and chief executive of GreaterSport Manchester.

Other confirmed conference speakers include Gary Neville, Sir Howard Bernstein, Goldie Sayers, and Natalie Atkinson. Downtown in Business, in association with the Sedulo Group, BDP, and VSI Executive Education, will host this one-day event during the international football break in the Autumn.

The conference will attract up to 200 delegates from sports organisations, private sector companies, and public sector agencies from across the country. The event will focus on the financial, commercial, and performance aspects of a range of sports, including athletics, boxing, cricket, rugby league, UFC, and, of course, football.

Who the financial winners and losers in the business of sport are will be asking; exploring what makes premier sports performers tick; the economic impact of sporting events and stadia developments; and predicting what the future challenges and opportunities are for the diverse number of competing sporting activities.