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Geoff is the Founder and Executive Chair of the Youth Charter and Janice is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Youth Charter

05/11/2019 11AM | GUEST | Jacqueline Malcolm

Geoff Thompson MBE, FRSA, DL

Geoff Thompson has a 35-year track record in the social and human development of young people and communities through sport. As a former five times world karate champion, sports administrator and politician, he has realised a unique range of skill sets that have seen him advise, develop and deliver social and human project programme initiatives with a specific emphasis on the balance between the corporate sponsorship investment and contribution and legacy benefits to young people and communities globally. Geoff has also presented and contributed to many conferences and publications on this subject.

He is the Founder and Executive Chair of the Youth Charter, (, a UK-based international charity and United Nations Non Governmental Organisation that uses the ethics of sport and artistic excellence to tackle the problems of educational non-attainment, health inequality, anti-social behaviour and crime in some of the most troubled areas around the world. Geoff is also the Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of East London, a Member of the Board of the London Legacy Development Corporation and an Advisory Board Member of the Muhammad Ali Center, based in Louisville, USA.

As one of the World’s leading motivational speakers and executive coaches, Geoff’s unique journey from social disaffection describes how sport helped him to overcome social and cultural adversity to achieving gold-medal winning individual and team success and results that have led to this unique pursuit of personal excellence.

Janice Argyle

Former World Karate Champion, Janice Argyle has developed an outstanding career and reputation as a sports administrator, life coach and youth campaigner. As the co-founder and Executive Director of the Youth Charter ( a UK registered International Charity and United Nations Non governmental Organisation, Janice has presented a unique range of leadership skills that have seen behaviour and performance of young people and communities and their social and human development that can translate into corporate skills, vocation training, employment and enterprise.

Janice also specialises in strategic planning, project and event management seminars and workshops with equality, diversity and inclusion to a wide range of organisations locally, nationally and internationally. She has also worked with on the strategic implementation and delivery on a number of bidding, hosting and legacy games and world class events.

As co-Director of the Pursuit of Excellence Limited with Executive Chair, Founder and fellow World Karate Champion, Geoff Thompson, the company delivers corporate leadership tools that maximise personal and professional excellence through cultural activity. This unique service sees customised and tailored approaches that can be delivered to small, medium and large organisations.

Janice also specialises in the empowerment of young women from all walks of life from the classroom to the boardroom and incorporates the martial arts discipline to compete in life irrespective of talent, ability or potential.




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