Our Experts

The Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation strives to provide the best coaching and training possible.  We work with a variety of experts from the world of sport and further afield to ensure that our team of coaches can deliver top quality sports sessions and that they can also successfully deliver material reinforcing our values.    

Professor Samantha Davis - Health and Nutrition

Samantha Davis is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison on a full tennis scholarship and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics. She holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.  She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with over 25 years of experience in the field including clinical nutrition, private practice, sports nutrition, and dietetics education.

Major General (Retired) Paul Nanson, CB CBE - Leadership

Our expert in leadership, Major General Paul Nanson, CB CBE is a British Army officer who served as Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was also General Officer Commanding Recruiting and Initial Training Command.  He was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in January 1986 and became commanding officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 2006.  He went on to be chief of staff for 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division in Germany in 2008 before being appointed commander of the 7th Armoured Brigade in 2011 and Director (Army) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2014. He was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in September 2015.  His career saw him deployed to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan and in 2015 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for distinguished services in Afghanistan. In 2020 he was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).

He is the author of the book 'Stand Up Straight: 10 Life Lessons from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst'.'  He retired from the Army in 2020 after 34 years service he now works as a Consultant, Coach, Advisor and Speaker.

Dr Carole Pemberton - Resilience

Dr Carole Pemberton has over 30 years’ experience of helping individuals to have more successful and satisfying working lives. Her work has encompassed sectors as diverse as global humanitarian charities, FTSE 100 companies, Universities, the NHS and Government Departments. She has a particular interest in resilience and its importance in dealing with and recovering from setback, so that it is an opportunity for personal growth.


She is an executive coach, coach supervisor, coach educator, researcher, author and speaker.  She is Visiting Professor in Business Coaching at the University of Ulster, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Institute of Personnel and Development and the Career Development Institute.  Her doctorate was awarded for research into working with the resilience issues of leaders. 

She has authored and co-authored a number of books including ‘Coaching to Solutions’ which sells worldwide as a means of supporting line manager coaching, ‘Her most recent book is ‘Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches’.


Details of her work can be seen at:  www.coachingtosolutions.com

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