David Brailsford CBE
Honorary Doctorate - 2009
David Brailsford, director of the most successful British cycling team in history, is the force behind the transformation in British Cycling. His team brought back a record haul of 14 medals in 2008's Olympics in Beijing.
David studied for an MBA and credits his learning with directing his philosophy for managing the British cycling team.
The results of David’s work began to show at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 - the team won four medals, and it became clear British cycling was a force to be reckoned with.
In 2002, David was appointed performance director and began to apply a new philosophy and psychology to team training and motivation. The results of his work began to show when the team won four medals at the Athens Olympics, including two golds. In 2008 in Beijing the British cycling team won 14 Olympic medals, eight of them gold, under David’s leadership.
He was awarded a CBE after the Games, in addition to an MBE awarded to him after the Athens Olympics in 2004.
David is always keen to take on a new challenge and is now responsible for developing the British based road cycling team – Team Sky. He aims to have produced the first British Tour de France winner within five years and has pledged to get one million more people cycling by 2013.
David’s honorary doctorate will be awarded at a special ceremony in December