Leyton Orient chairman, Nigel Travis

Dunkin’ Donuts and Leyton Orient’s Travis to speak at Manchester Sport Director convention

Dunkin’ Donuts and Leyton Orient’s Travis to speak at Manchester Sport Director convention

Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins executive chairman, and the new owner of Leyton Orient Football Club, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Sport Director Convention at Manchester Metropolitan University on 6 September.

Now based in the US, lifelong Leyton Orient supporter Travis was born in Essex and grew up near the club’s stadium. In June 2017 he headed a consortium to purchase the then ailing East London club in a multi-million pound deal.

The convention will also feature a line-up of high profile speakers including Manchester City’s managing director of City Football Services Brian Marwood, BBC director of sport Barbara Slater MBE, Warwickshire County Cricket sport director Ashley Giles MBE, and Jon Dutton, CEO of the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, the event coincides with the start of the 2018 Masters of Sport Directorship (MSD) course, which has produced a growing group of elite alumni, including football’s Steve Round, Michael Appleton and Lee Darnbrough - as well as Ashley Giles - since it launched in 2014.

Manchester Met’s Dr Sara Ward, who heads the MSD, said: “Our big-hitting Sport Director Convention line-up and the speakers’ vast wealth of industry knowledge reflects the drive and professionalism of our students and alumni, as well as underlining our commitment to nurturing sport’s future leaders.

“The MSD course has gained incredible traction over the past four years, and has created a unique network of some of the most influential people in the sports industry.”

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