Robert
Datnow

BA, MA, Dip, Solicitor, Co-opted Member of Council since May 2018.

Robert was born in London and was educated at Eton College and King’s College, Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge, with degrees in Modern Languages (French and Russian) and History of Art, Robert attended law school in London and trained and qualified at one of the world’s largest law-firms, Linklaters in the 1990s where he qualified and practised in dispute resolution for 4 years, spending prolonged periods in the Hong Kong and Moscow offices.

Robert joined the British Olympic Association as its head of legal and public policy through the Sydney Olympic cycle working as the British Olympic team lawyer and in the early days of the London 2012 Olympic bid.

Robert became a partner at the international law firm Farrer & Co., where he worked in the firm’s commercial sports group advising sports rights holders and international federations.

Robert became global director of the Laureus Sport for Good foundation distributing commercial funding from founding patron brands to projects around the world using sport for social change.

Robert founded The Sports Consultancy in 2006 which now employs around 50 staff based in London advising sports federations, major events, and sports venues around the world to invest intelligently in sport.

Robert’s recent work includes advising the IAAF, the BIE (World Expo), the IOC, World Rugby, European Professional Club Rugby, the Volvo Ocean Race, the America’s Cup, the International Equestrian Federation, the governments of Dubai, Oman the regional government of Flanders and the city of London on their sporting and major entertainment events and ambitions.

When Robert’s not running bids and event projects for major federations and governments, he’s out running the streets of north London, clocking up the middle distance training miles to scrape a few 10ths off his 800m time for the GB masters team.

Robert is married with two children one of whom has attended UCS through the senior school.

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