An Olympian, ‘physical activity guru’ and world-renowned sports scientist, Greg is a Professor in Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University and a UK authority on Exercise Physiology, Sports Performance & Rehabilitation which includes having extensive professional experience assessing, treating & improving the performance of athletes & sporting enthusiasts ranging from celebrities attempting their first mountain summit to Gold medal seeking Olympians.
A former modern pentathlete, Greg competed in two Olympic Games and has won European bronze and World Championship silver medals. After his athletic career he studied for his BSc (Hons) at Brunel University, completed his MSc in human performance at Frostburg State University in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School and the University of Wolverhampton, where he was research co-ordinator.
Greg is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (FBASES) and the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and was the Chairman of the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) from 1999-2009.
As one of the preeminent sport and exercise scientists nationally and internationally, Greg has worked as consultant physiologist in a large number of Olympic and professional sports. Prior to his appointment at Liverpool John Moores University, Greg has been the Director of Science and Research at the English Institute of Sport (EIS; 2004-2006), and the Director of Research for the British Olympic Association based at the Olympic Medical Institute (2001-2004).
He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers and eight books in the area of sport and exercise science and medicine. His main area of research interest is focussed around cardiac structure and function in health and disease, however he is widely published in a number of areas of sports science and medicine including: performance, altitude, immune function, exercise-induced asthma, and ergogenic aids in sport.
Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief. He has trained, motivated and successfully coached the comedian David Walliams to swim across the English Channel and Along the River Thames; John Bishop’s Week of Hell; James Cracknell to run, cycle and swim to Africa; Cheryl Cole, Chris Moyles and Gary Barlow to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro; Eddie Izzard to run a remarkable 43 Marathons in 51 days and most recently, helped Mel C, Dara O'Briain and others to raft 110k down the Zambezi river.
So far Greg has helped raise over £17 million for Comic Relief and Sport Relief projects.
Greg is the ideal spokesperson to comment on current health issues and is reliable, extremely insightful and forthright.
Areas of expertise:
- Studies on obesity/physical activity
- Sports performance, including anti-doping
- Sports-related injuries
- Exercise & the heart
- Olympics issues
- Participating and succeeding in any challenge events.