Gareth brings over two decades of diverse and dynamic experience in the sports and education sectors to the table. His journey began as a professional player for Sunderland Association Football Club in the English Premier League, where he honed his skills and passion for the game.
Transitioning from his roles as a player and coach, Gareth ventured into the Sports Industry Business arena, collaborating with renowned institutions such as the Professional Football Association, The Premier League, GEMS Education and Adidas. These partnerships have allowed him to make a lasting impact on the sports and education sectors.
Gareth has called Dubai home for 19 years, immersing himself in the sports and education scenes since 2005. His journey with ESM is particularly remarkable. Starting with 250 participants and a single sport (football), Gareth’s vision and dedication transformed ESM into a powerhouse with over 25,000 children and 20,000 adults participating in programs spanning more than 25 different sports and activities. During this time, GEMS Education acquired ESM and .
Between 2018-2021, Gareth served as the CEO of Infinite Sports, where he successfully built the business from a startup to a thriving enterprise offering six programs covering over 25 schools across the U.A.E. His strategic leadership and vision were instrumental in this impressive growth.
Gareth’s influence extends far and wide, spanning across the Middle East, India, Singapore, and Europe. He has developed strong relationships with governing bodies, regulatory authorities, and educational institutions. Gareth is a trusted name in the realms of business, sports, and education, known for his impeccable reputation.
In his current role as the General Manager of Cognita ENRICH ME and member of the Cognita Regional Executive team, Gareth continues to shape the future of education and sports across the region. His wealth of knowledge and expertise is complemented by a relentless commitment to excellence.
A true sports enthusiast at heart, Gareth remains actively involved in various facets of sports, whether it’s officiating, participating, or administration. He continuously seeks knowledge and growth, attending local and international courses focused on business, leadership, and management.
Recently, Gareth achieved a significant milestone by completing a Masters’ Degree in Sports Directorship at Manchester University, further enriching his knowledge and expertise.