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TV star and rugby player complete BMF Conference line-up

The Builders Merchants Federation has finalised the line-up for the All Industry Conference with high profile names from the sporting world heading the list of presenters.

TV star and rugby player complete BMF Conference line-up

Ben Shephard, who will host the event, spent 10 years on the GMTV sofa before moving to Sky Sports where he covers the Champions League and Carling Cup and co-presents Goals on Sunday. He has broken four Guinness World Records, completed 14 marathons, run across the UK twice, climbed Mount Kilimajaro, been through three months of intensive boxing training and played for England at Soccer Aid.

Austin Healey won 50 England caps, starred on two British Lions tours and played a leading role at Leicester Tigers, England’s most successful club ever. He went on to win a completely new following during a successful run on Strictly Come Dancing. He is now the MD of MAP environmental, an environmental energy business that specialises in LED and PV.

Dr Dorian Dugmore is internationally recognised as an expert in cardiovascular and exercise medicine as applied to the treatment and prevention of heart disease. He was formerly the Director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre in Canada, considered the best in the world for cardiac rehabilitation, and his programmes have won World and European Best Practice awards for corporate wellness.

An outstanding sportsman, he played and coached football for his country and was Great Britain coach at four consecutive World Student Games. His work with Premier League managers was featured on ITV’s “Tonight” programme and he is associated with a number of high profile Olympic athletes in terms of performance, fitness and wellness management.

BMF managing director John Newcomb, said: “Our sporting trio will bring yet another dimension to our Conference theme, Fit for the Future. Ben is the perfect host for this year’s event, Austin has demonstrated that it’s possible to succeed at anything if you put the work in, and Dorian will challenge the way that companies look after their people.

“This year’s Conference is going to be a truly fantastic occasion with over 350 attendees already booked for the event. I would urge all Merchants who still haven’t registered or signed up for the Conference to do it now as we have almost sold out the event.”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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