Contributor Biographies


Michael Aylwin 

Michael is a rugby writer for The Guardian and The Observer as well as being an award-winning author.


Matt Bishop 

Matt Bishop has worked in Formula 1 for the past quarter-century, first as an award-winning editor-in-chief of F1 Racing magazine and a trenchant columnist on, and then as the Communications Director of McLaren, working closely with Ron Dennis. He is now a Director of W Series, the all-new single-seater championship for women drivers only. He loves all sport and is currently writing a novel.


Rob Clark

Rob has been a sports writer for over 20 years, working for Sky Sports and Manchester United publications. He is currently editor of the official Six Nations Championship guide and a lead writer for the LTA’s digital magazine, #ACE.


Tom Clarke

Tom Clarke is former sports editor of the Evening Standard, the Daily Mail and The Times and was editor of The Sporting Life.


Sebastian Coe

Seb was the Olympic 1,500 metres champion in 1980 and 1984. He was also the chairman of the organising committee of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He is now the President of the IAAF and Executive Chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment.


Kevin Eason

Kevin Eason spent almost two decades reporting on sport for The Times. There were three Olympic Games, a soccer World Cup in 2010, Wimbledon, The Open golf, a Ryder Cup and numerous other championships. But Eason spent almost 16 seasons full-time covering Formula One and even more years grappling with the strange politics of the F1 world. He survived unscathed and now broadcasts on Talksport radio, ESPN television, as well as writing for the Evening Standard and Daily Mail.


Tim Ellis

Tim is a freelance sports writer and regular contributor to FourFourTwo, Cricket365 and the stable.


Nick Friend

Nick is the sports editor of Palatinate, the official newspaper of Durham University.


Brendan Gallagher

Brendan is a long-time reporter on rugby union, cycling and all things Olympic. Latest books include a 150th anniversary history of Harlequins and Corsa Rosa, the 100th anniversary history of the Giro d’Italia.


Andy Gray

Andy Gray is a freelance sports journalist and assistant producer who is passionate about motorsport and Northern Irish sport. I report for BBC Sport NI and several local newspapers. 


Andy Hallbery

Andy Hallbery is a former editor of Autosport  magazine, and RACER in the United States. He has also published books about Dario Franchitti, and most recently Dan Wheldon.


Giles Hamilton

Giles is an avid motorcycle racing fan who also writes about 1960s and 1970s rock music in his spare time. He works in finance.


Maurice Hamilton

Maurice Hamilton has been covering F1 since 1977  as motorsport correspondent for The Guardian, The Independent and, for 20 years, The Observer. A regular columnist for websites around the world, his freelance work has also included 20 years as co-commentator for BBC Radio 5 Live and author of more than 25 books.


Jon Henderson

Jon, who began his career at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, has written for Reuters, The Sunday Correspondent and The Observer. He is now a successful author.


Johanna Husband

Johanna is a former equestrian eventer and trainer. When her own Olympic dream was shattered by health issues, she instead focused on a new career in writing and PR for her other love, motorsport, especially Indycar and the Indy 500. 



Owain has been writing about a variety of sports for nearly 20 years and is former editor of Rugby World


Chris Lyles 

Chris is a freelance journalist who has written about cricket and rugby union for The Daily Telegraph and The Observer.


Laurence Mercier-Lafond

Laurence is a Canadian rower who was awarded an athletic scholarship to Northeastern University in Boston.  She now works as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Nicole Millar

Nicole is passionate about many sports, mainly trail running, open water swimming, (which together make up SwimRun) and road riding.  She lives in Catalunya with her three children and husband, ex-pro cyclist David Millar.


Brian Oliver

Brian was the longest-serving sports editor of The Observer and now works in the UK and overseas as a freelance writer, editor and media manager.


Oliver Owen

Oliver is the founder of and the former Deputy Sports Editor of The Observer.


Billy Proudlock 

Billy is a freelance journalist and has written for Redbrick, the University of Birmingham newspaper.


Tom Proudlock

Tom is a student at the University of Grenoble. He is a qualified football coach and has played semi-professionally at a number of clubs. 


Bob Reeves

Bob is a director of the charity Foundation For Leadership Through Sport. He was Director of Sport, Exercise and Health at Bristol University and President of the RFU for the 2013-14 season, having been a member of the RFU Council for 20 years.


Arindam Rej

Arindam is a freelance journalist who has written for a number of national newspapers and leading sports websites.


Ben Smith

Ben is a former sports journalist who worked for The Times and the BBC. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of Laduma VR.


Zac Steevens

Zac is a European Politics and Modern Languages student at the University of Birmingham.


Sara Tomevska

Sara is studying International Studies and Communication at the University of Technology Sydney.  She has also written for The Football Sack, a website dedicated to football in Australia.


Ruairi Ward

Ruairi is a politics student at the University of York and has commentated for the university’s radio station on live sport.


Bradley West

Bradley is a History with English Literature graduate from University of Birmingham. He has written for Redbrick, University of Birmingham newspaper, and was named Redbrick Sports Reporter of the Year 2016/17


Richard Wetherell

Richard has covered rugby league and the NFL for The Times, The Guardian and The Observer.


Suzanne Wrack

Suzanne Wrack is a freelance journalist and graphic designer. She is the writer of the Guardian’s weekly women’s football blog.