With a collective 20+ years of experience competing in elite professional sport combined with over another 20 years’ experience in talent acquisition and executive search, Centrum Solutions places as the most obvious choice for your future. But what makes us unique is that in addition to a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience is that team also has over 13 years of athlete representation specialising in athlete career transition – read more about our Founders’ personal stories below.
Leon had a successful rugby career signing professionally for Leicester Tigers at the age of 16. This was where he and Mitch first met and where they both played together in the centre (Latin translation = Centrum). Leon’s career at Leicester and Gloucester culminated in winning 6 Premiership titles, 2 Domestic Cups and back-to-back Heineken Cup trophies. He also represented the Barbarians on 5 international tours and has proudly represented England at every age group level making his full international debut against South Africa in 2000.
As one of the Co-Founders and CEO of the Switch the Play Foundation, Leon led the UK’s first charity that focuses on assisting athletes and members of the military with their transition and development into the next phase of their lives. Having successfully transitioned into the world of business himself, he published his first book, ‘From Boot Room to Boardroom, where career transition is the main focus.
Combining his passion for sport and business, during his own transition out of sport, he went on to graduate gaining a First-Class (Hons) degree in Business Leadership and Management. His final dissertation topic focused on how sports clubs and organisations can better help prepare their athletes for life after sport. More recently, Leon graduated with an MBA, earning a Distinction grade where his thesis was again around transition and the employability traits of elite athletes.
He forms part of a Government Advisory Board, (Office of Veterans Affairs) that is tasked with enhancing the Government’s commitment to veterans.
Before taking up his role with Centrum Solutions, Mitch was appointed as an Associate to BMS Performance where his remit was to create, develop and establish an executive search division within a national recruitment business which he successfully achieved for over 9 years. Prior to this Mitch was headhunted to a business called JED Consultants where he climbed from a recruitment consultant position to a Partner of this well-established firm.
Mitch has experience of working across a broad spectrum of clients ranging from large multi-national PLC’s to small-medium enterprises placing candidates in roles from CEO to Junior Developers, managing multi-faceted projects to single recruitment solutions.
In addition to his work life, Mitch has managed to stay connected to sport, a personal passion which started as a teenager where he represented the Leicester Tigers Academy and then went on to fulfil his dream by playing for Leicester Tigers 1st XV. After a personal transition from elite sport to the corporate world he has still found the time to coach and mentor up and coming players and teams in their development process. One of his personal achievements was being selected to represent the independent RFU judiciary panel which has subsequently led to further appointments at European level (EPCR) and most recently being nominated to World Rugby.
Matt was born in Cambridge in 1989 and joined the Royal Navy in 2010 as a Warfare Officer. His first ships were HM Ships Ocean and Bangor, which saw him deploy on Operation Ellemy. He served in mine hunters HMS Cattistock and Quorn as the Gunnery Officer. Then as the Navigator on mine hunters HMS Grimsby, Shoreham and Pembroke. These jobs saw him visit over 15 countries in 5 years, conducting operations with numerous international partners.
In November 2015 he became the Commanding Officer of HMS PURSUER, a role he had looked forward to fulfilling since before joining the Royal Navy. Between 2015 and 2017 he deployed three times around the UK and Northern Europe. Following his Command Matt worked in a number of HQ roles. Working as a operations manager, project/programme manager and chief of staff.
Matt left the Royal Navy in March 2022 after 12 years to work as a Queens Harbour Master Pilot, a life long dream of his. At same time he was given the opportunity to work with Mitch and Leon at Centrum. Allowing him to work in a passion area for him, helping others prepare for their transition. Matt lives in Helensburgh, Glasgow with his partner Sophie. Matt is a keen rugby player and coach, and enjoys sailing and spending time being bossed around by his two children.
Sam is a 3 time world champion sailor who has spent his life at the top end of sport, both on the competition side and within sporting business. Sam was an integral part of activating the Old pic legacy from London 2012 at 3 Games Venues and has a masters in Sports Management.
After retiring from elite sport, Sam founded an athlete management company which has helped over 30 athletes across 14 sports, within 16 countries. His passion and drive come from helping athletes be the best version of them. Sam now works as the Athlete Talent Acquisition Manager here at Centrum, helping to place athletes on new career paths once they leave the field of sport.