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Meet the Team


Dr. Alun Hardman

Alun is senior lecturer in Sports Ethics in the Cardiff School of Sport. He is a staff-elected member of the school's Management Planning Team (MPT) and member of the school's Research Ethics Committee (CSSRES).  His current role also includes Activity Leader for Cricket and coordinator for the school's International & Erasmus Student Exchange Programmes.  Alun joined the School in 2005, following five-year tenure as Programme Director for Sport Education at the University of Gloucestershire.

Alun's work continues the longstanding and widely recognised contribution made by the School of Sport to the area of the philosophy and ethics of sport.  He has a research profile in this area that encompasses a range of contemporary ethical issues.  He is also engaged in consultancy and knowledge transfer projects with NGBs that impact policy development and management practice.  

Jess Brainch

Jess is enrolled on a part-time PhD programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University with Dr. Alun Hardman, looking at the psychological development of young cricketers towards or away from the professional game.  Alongside this, Jess is working towards her Stage 2 Accreditation with the British Psychological Society, currently working with organisations such as the Blues and Dragons Rugby Academies, Glamorgan Cricket, MCCU South Wales as well as a number of private clients.  Jess completed her Undergraduate degree in South Africa, and after a few years of working in the psychology field, joined us at Cardiff Met for her MSc in Sport Psychology.

Lana Evans

Lana has been a student at Cardiff Metropoliotain throughout her university life.  She was a graduate from the BSc (Hons) Sport Development undergraduate degree in 2013, and was delighted to be offered a scholarship to study the MA Sport Managamenet and Leadership at the School of Sport and recently graduated in July 2015.

Lana is now going in to her second year as a full time PhD student at Cardiff School of Sport, funded through the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Doctorate scholarship scheme.  Her PhD is in the Sport Development and Management disciplines and is looking into how sport in the community could help encourage and increase in the amount of Welsh spoken by young people outside of school. 

Ryan Finnegan

Ryan is a third year sports studies undergraduate, who is primarily interested in the socio-cultural and philosophical enquiries of contemporary sport.  Philosophical issues that currently interest Ryan include, the status of patriotism in sport, the current ban on performance enhancing substances and the ethics of sports coaching.  He is a keen rugby player and likes keeps fit individual.  Ryan enjoys all aspects of both recreational and competitive sports. In the coming months he seeks to gain access onto a postgraduate degree programme in order to continue his academic endeavours.

Helen McFarlance

Helen McFarlane is a Health Psychologist who is currently in her final year of a full time PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her PhD focuses on the health and wellbeing of call centre staff. Helen has a longstanding interest in workplace health and wellbeing, having previously worked for the NHS in work rehabilitation and employee support roles. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist and is a member of the British Psychological Society.

​Vicky Meah

Victoria is a Physiology Technician Demonstrator and a PhD student in the Cardiff School of Sport. Victoria studied her Undergraduate degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University, after which she enrolled onto a PhD programme in Physiology and Health. She is accredited by the British Association of Sport & Exercise Science (BASES) as a Certified Exercise Practitioner and is undergoing supervised experience to gain accreditation as a Sport and Exercise Scientist (Physiology).