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ABOUT US

Refresh is a boutique sports consultancy and production company.

We are diverse. We generate ideas. We deliver. We live our definition; “give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate”, and have a proven reputation for delivering to the highest standards.

We are proud to offer an unrivalled service to those who come to us for our creativity, competence and wide array of senior connections across the sports industry.

Communication is at the heart of everything we do. Making good decisions is what our business is all about – and we get no greater pleasure than seeing our clients prosper as a result.

Our job at Refresh is to work with clients to clearly identify their goals and aims, put in place a strategy with deliverables and then make it happen. As our clients succeed, our reputation grows. So you can be sure that you will always have a highly motivated team behind you.

OUR TEAM

Refresh has an established team with a wide range of experience who are all passionate about what we do.

Leon Mann MBE
Founder and Managing Director

Leon is one of the most respected and well connected operators in the sports industry.

He began his career at Kick Racism Out of Football in 2002, before establishing himself as a leading broadcaster and film-maker for both BBC Sport and ITV Sport. As a consultant, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the sports industry and also helped respected sports authorities communicate effectively with their audiences.

Leon is a founder of the Black Collective of Media in Sport, Football Black List and the Sports People’s Think Tank – he is also the vice chair of the Sports Journalists Association.

He is an innovator and passionate leader who has dedicated his professional career to helping to improve the sport and media industries.

Ashanti George-Faure
Consultant

Ashanti is a consultant working with Refresh, assisting our clients across a range of different areas.

He works closely with Leon on commercial deals, event management, and social media strategies.

Prior to working at Refresh, Ashanti gained experience in athlete management and has helped to run his family’s property portfolio since graduating from university.

Lauren Ferdinand
Team Assistant
Lauren is the Team Assistant at Refresh, helping the team across a number of areas including, diary management, event coordination and generally helping the team stay organised!
Prior to this, Lauren graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 and went on to intern at Refresh, assisting with the Football Black List 2019.
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Andrew Bontiff
Media and Communications Executive

Andrew is an experienced and well-connected sports industry consultant working across media and athlete relations.

His proficiency in the industry has seen him work with the Voice Newspaper, BBC Sport, Octagon Sports and Entertainment agency, The Jermain Defoe Foundation and Sky Sports News.

Andrew is the media and communications lead for the Football Black List. He was celebrated for the contributions he has made in the role being named on the Ugo Ehiogu ‘Ones to Watch’ list in 2018.

He is a Sports Business and Innovation Masters graduate from Loughborough University and actively works within his community as a youth mentor supporting disengaged pupils to learn and reach their full potential.

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J’nae Ward
Digital Content Assistant

J’nae is a digital content assistant at Refresh, ensuring all of the social media platforms stay updated with relevant content and coordinating content calendars.

Prior to Refresh, J’nae graduated from Brunel University with a degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Science, since then she has been volunteering as an events co-ordinator.

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Joe Larkin
Digital Content Assistant

Joe is a digital content assistant for Refresh. His work centres around content creation and social media management for a range of Refresh clients.

Joe combines his work at Refresh with a Masters Degree in Strategic Management at University of Birmingham, having previously attained a degree with honours in Sport Business Management in 2020.

Whilst at the University of Birmingham, he has been a part of the highly reputable Postgraduate Future Leaders Programme. Away from Refresh, Joe is a Level 4 football referee operating in the semi-professional game and a board member at The Referees’ Association.

Olga Mirzoian
Event Consultant

Olga is an Events organiser with ten years freelance experience working at sporting events, conferences and charities. Prior to this, she started her career working in sports development and community organisations, within administration and press operations.

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VIDEOS PRODUCED

Refresh Films has quickly set about making beautiful and dynamic films that make an impact.

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MAJOR EVENTS

Including Football Black List, D Word 1 & 2 and House of Lords events

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MILLION LIKES

Achieved across client’s social media platforms