Slice of PIE

Slice of PIE

What is a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE)? And what does it look like across the worlds of sport, business, the military, education, the performing arts and many other performance fields? With 15 years working in marketing strategy for blue chip companies and 6 years training towards Sports and Performance Psychology chartership, I am seeking to find what each domain can learn from the other. To do so, I'm speaking to high performance experts, psychologists and those at the forefront of leadership, teamwork and organisational psychology research. #SliceofPIE Website:


February 6, 2022 38 mins

It's Part Two time ! A chance to return to our conversation with Elliott Newell, former Pathway Scientist at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and now Senior Athlete Support Advisor at UK Sport.

You can hear the first part of our conversation here:

You can find Elliott here:

Elliott's Twitte...

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Slice of PIE has been shortlisted in the 'Wellbeing and Performance' category in the 2022 Sports Podcast Awards. You can help by voting for Slice of PIE here:

In this episode we speak to Jack Apperley,  a London based choral conductor.  Jack studied at the University of Birmingham where he was mentored by Simon Halsey CBE, and then went on to train at the Roya...

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Join me for the second in a two-parter we recorded last year - a conversation about Social Identity.  In fact, with the Euros in full swing, this is a great time to revisit the first part (here) as well as Gareth Southgate's recent interview on the High Performance Podcast (here).

Dr. Matt Slater from Staffordshire University and Chris Hartley from the University of Stirling spend a lot of time thinking about groups,...

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In this episode we speak to someone who has worked, and is currently working in professional football and rugby. Joe Dixon is a fellow graduate of the MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology Masters as Staffordshire University and now performance psychologist at Stoke City Football Club and Bath Rugby. Joe had a career in Occupational Psychology before he pivoted into sport, working in HR and as a consultant. This took him as far away ...

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February 7, 2021 65 mins

I am joined in this episode by chartered Sport Psychologist Jo Davies. Jo runs a sport psychology consultancy, based out of Reigate in Surrey, and is the sport psychology lead at The Army Elite Athlete Performance Centre, working with the Army Target Shooting and Army Boxing Teams. She is also a sport psychologist for TASS (the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) and previously worked with the academy athletes at Surrey County cri...

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My guest this week is Ismael Pedraza, or 'Isma'.

Isma is a performance psychologist working as a practitioner and researcher in Germany, who has come via Finland, Australia and his home country of Colombia where he played a high standard of football.

He’s currently the performance coach for Rogue, a professional eSports team in Europe that participates in the League of Legends European Championship. He is also on ...

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November 16, 2020 48 mins

In this episode I speak to Cath Bishop. A speaker, consultant, executive coach and author on developing success in leadership. Cath is also a former diplomat and former elite rower for Great Britain, representing at 3 Olympic games, achieving World Champion status twice as well as an Olympic Silver Medal in partnership with Dame Katherine Grainger in the coxless pair in Athens.

A cursory glance at Cath’s Wikipedia or LinkedIn might ...

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In the spirit of speaking to different types of experts I have been wanting to a) speak to people in the world of consulting that help companies improve team effectiveness and develop leaders, and b) speak to people that have worked in teams in the furnace of the military environment. With this episode's guest Richard Waddell, I am fortunate to get 2 for the price of 1 … !

After passing through officer training at Sandhurst, Ri...

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In episode 4 of season 2, we speak to Jenna Woolven.

Jenna has got a very impressive list of experiences across many environments, both as an athlete and a sport psychology consultant. She played national level and junior international level hockey before transitioning into sports marketing, and then into her sport and exercise psychology. Jenna then went on to work for sports and management consultancy Lane4, where she wo...

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In the third episode of Season 2 I get to talk to Pathway Scientist at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) - Elliott Newell. Elliott's conversation with Dan Abrahams on The Sport Psych Show was the first time I had heard of the 'PIE' so you can largely credit Elliott with the title of the podcast.

Elliott is a sport and performance scientist (BASES Accredited/Science Council Chartered) with specialism in ps...

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September 8, 2020 53 mins

In the second episode of season two we talk to Sport Psychologist in Training Louise Byrne. As well as training towards psychology chartership, Louise also works in finance, and we touch upon the interesting cross-application of performance psychology and wellbeing strategies in the corporate sector.

The first 30-35 minutes is also a great deep-dive in to that mystical notion of 'balance' we're all striving ...

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Season TWO of the Slice of PIE podcast kicks off with former chair of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSEP) and 'Pracademic' with over 20 years of experience. That's experience in consultancy, lecturing, research, presenting and working in all manner of domains from premier league football and academy cricket to supporting the British Paralympics team in Rio, ...

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August 6, 2020 11 mins

Ahead of Season 2 of Slice of PIE, I thought it would be first worth looking back and reflecting on the recurring themes in Season 1.

If you want to read the associated blog post, you can find that here:

If you want to follow the guests mentioned in this end of season summary, you can find them here:

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In this last episode of Season 1 we put the Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) under the microscope with Dr Jonathan Katz. He's a former fencer turned fencing coach, a former counselling psychologist turned sport psychologist, and a veteran of 4 Paralympic games, Team England Head Coach for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Fencing Championships, BPS accredited supervisor and Business & Executive Coach as well. 


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Hannah Stoyel is a HCPC registered Sport & Exercise Psychologist, and the founder of Optimise Potential, a sport psychology consultancy based in London. She wears many hats: As well as doing her PHD at University College London looking at athletes and eating disorders -  She is also the lead sport psychologist for Swim England, she works as a sport psychology consultant for Millfield school, delivers sport psychology content fo...

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Dr. Matt Slater from Staffordshire University and Chris Hartley from the University of Stirling spend a lot of time thinking about groups, identity and leadership.

Dr. Matt Slater is Associate Professor of Sport & Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, a chartered Psychologist and an active researcher with interests in the psychology of leadership and team functioning in performance contexts. He is also the ...

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Paul McVeigh left his home town of Belfast at the age of 16 to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. He made his first start for Spurs up front with Teddy Sheringham, scoring on his debut in 1997, and going on to represent Tottenham as well as Norwich City, Burnley, Luton Town and Northern Ireland. Since then he has worked in the media for the BBC, SkySports, BeinSports and TalkSport amongst many others… he’s authored a book ‘The Stupid foot...

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Dr. Emma Vickers is the research lead for TASS – (The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) …an organisation at the heart of supporting athletes managing dual careers, but also at the heart of developing and pulling together research to understand how these different demands impact, affect, conflict or compliment each other. Emma was an elite student-athlete herself, amongst the top 3 nationally in her sport by the age of 15, and so...

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Kris Soutar. He’s coached tennis for 27 years. He's a coach consultant for tennis Scotland and a performance tutor for the LTA…  he runs his own consultancy called the Service Box and produces his own podcast The Tennis Journal ... he's also a project manager for the Judy Murray foundation – which aims to bring tennis into rural and disadvantaged areas in Scotland. In between all of this he's also managed to take his...

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May 16, 2020 7 mins

Halfway in to the first season of Slice of PIE it's time for a pause and reflection on what we've heard so far. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, ideas, reflections, challenges, or anything you'd like to discuss. You can find me in the following places:




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