Who We Are

Gearoid Towey

Founder & Director

Four-time Olympic rower and former World Champion, Gearoid Towey has worked in athlete personal development for Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club and the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Since he retired from rowing at the Beijing Olympic Games, he became aware that athlete transition is a serious issue affecting thousands of people and that a lot more can be done to help athletes prepare for the day they must move on.

Gearoid founded CTLS because he felt athletes really need an independent and confidential resource where ex-athletes support each other through their own experiences. Too many amazing people get stuck in no-mans land when they retire from sport. The website, face-to-face workshops, 1:1s and long-term programs aim to educate current athletes and support retired athletes in all sports, in whatever part of the world we are asked to work in.


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Rene Poulos

Career development and psychology

Rene is a Registered Psychologist with passionate and proven coaching expertise working with clients seeking transition guidance and opportunity for development.

Her experience in managing the Personal Excellence Department at the NSW Institute of Sport combined with a career in TAFE Counselling and Career Development equip her well to deliver career development and transition services to athletes. She also works in private practice.


Rupert Guinness

Multimedia Producer
Rupert Guinness is a senior sports writer previously with Fairfax and News Ltd, and the bestselling author of 14 books, including The Flying Grocer (Penguin) The Tour – Behind the Scenes of Cadel Evans’ Tour de France (Hardie Grant)and Aussie, Aussie, Oui, Oui, Oui: Australian Cyclists In 100 Years of The Tour de France (Random House Australia).
Rupert was awarded a Walkley Award commendation in 2001 for his inside story for The Australian on the 1999/2000 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, where he crewed on board the line honours-winning maxi yacht Nicorette. A former triathlete, club cyclist and elite lightweight rower, Rupert still rides and runs in marathons.

Lorna Hankin

Communications Manager

Lorna has more than 15 years experience in journalism, not-for-profit and corporate marketing and communications. She is passionate about health, fitness and wellbeing, and has specialised in this area of journalism and communications for a number of years.

She is a proud graduate of the University of Liverpool, UK where she majored in English Language and Literature. She is currently studying for her post-graduate degree in Psychology at Monash University. She is a keen marathon runner.

Lorna lives in Sydney and will be working part-time Monday to Thursday.

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Joerg Jaksche

Anti-doping education

Joerg Jaksche is a former professional road cyclist who participated in 7 Tour de France races and won classic races such as Paris-Nice. After his career Joerg studied Economics at the University of Innsbruck, is currently a Project Manager in Sydney and is finishing his Master of International Business at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Joerg is very actively engaged in the global Anti-Doping Movement, namely organising and leading workshops, educating young athletes, giving speeches to renowned audiences including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and other National Anti-Doping organisations. In addition to his education work at Crossing the Line, Joerg also assists the organisation in planning and events.


Tadhg MacIntyre

Psychology and athlete wellbeing

Tadhg MacIntyre is the Course Director of the Masters in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology at the University of Limerick. He has undergraduate (BA Psych), Masters and PhD degrees from University College Dublin. He has consulted with elite athletes for more than 15 years and has worked with Munster rugby since 2014.

Tadhg is an accredited practitioner with both the Health Professionals Council (UK) and Irish Institute of Sport  He is a member of the Irish Institute of Sport Quality Assurance Committee, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Division of Sport, Exercise and Performance committee and is an associate fellow of the PSI and the BPS, respectively. His editorial roles include being a member of the board of Frontiers in Psychology: Movement Science and Sport Psychology and associate editor of the International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

John Carter

Psychotherapist and player welfare

John studied and trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist at Oxford University. As part of his studies, John completed a thesis titled ‘A Psychodynamic Perspective into the Lived Experience of Career Transition from Professional Rugby’. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, John played professional rugby with Sale Sharks. He also captained Oxford University Rugby Football Club for 3 years. While from a psychodynamic background, he is also interested in a holistic approach to mental health. This includes various different ways of thinking; yoga and mindfulness, inter-relational approaches to group work, and the effects of exercise and nutrition on psychological well being. He enjoys researching psychotherapy and works with depression, anxiety, suicide, addictions, transitions and obsessive compulsive disorders. He currently works with individuals and groups in sport and other contexts.

Matthew Mitcham

Athlete mental health (experience)

Matthew Mitcham produced the performance of his life at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games –  winning the 10-metres platform event with the highest scoring dive in Olympic history. In doing so, he denied China a clean sweep of all eight diving events on offer in Beijing’s Water Cube, and became Australia’s first male diving gold medalist since Dick Eve in 1924.

Mitcham’s background is remarkable. He openly stated his battle with depression and addiction when he launched his book: Twists and Turns in 2012. Matthew is a born performer and is a regular speaker on the topics of athlete depression, mental health and addiction.


Rick Cotgreave

Athlete Transition  

A native of Sheffield, Rick is an England lacrosse player (1988-96), including captaincy and coaching roles for England U-19, British Universities and England U-25. He has more than 20 years of designing coaching and training programs for team and individual performance, leadership development, personal effectiveness and wellbeing. He has also worked across a wide range of sectors with clients from international and Olympic athletes to senior corporate executives.

Working as a Performance Coach and trainer, Rick helped establish Mobius Performance to share his passion for the transformation that coaching can bring. Rick specialises in the helping facilitate the changes that enhance performance and maximise the opportunities for success. Currently also consulting to Lane 4 UK.

Board of Directors members

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Emeritus Professor Ross Milbourne AO

Ross is recognised internationally as an economist and researcher who has had considerable influence on education, research and innovative policy.

As a Board member of Universities Australia (UA), he has played a pivotal role in the determination and formulation of public policy, and advocating on behalf of Australia’s universities.

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Liz Brett

As the CEO of ActivateUTS (2011 – present), Liz is responsible for the leadership and management of the company, including its strategic, financial and governance obligations and its adherence to constitutional objectives. She does this in conjunction with the ActivateUTS Board, where she is an executive director and company secretary.

Representing Australia in the Sydney 2000 Olympics (Volleyball), Liz is passionate about sport, in particular the advancement of sport in the tertiary sector.  She is a Director on the Board of Australian University Sport (2010 – present), as well as a member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Gender Equity Committee (2013 – present).

Jonathan Tyler

Jonathan Tyler is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Head, Accounting Discipline Group. He researches in Financial Accounting, Auditing and Accounting Education and teaches Introductory Accounting and Auditing. Jonathan is Company Secretary and a Director of Sydney Education Broadcasting (2SER FM) the University of Technology Sydney / Macquarie University radio station in addition to being a director of Crossing the Line Sport.  He is involved outside the University in the dissemination of business information to secondary schools and the community through Australian Business Week. Jonathan is the author of the innovative textbook, ACCT Financial aimed at making the introduction to accounting accessible, enjoyable and applied.

John Boultbee AM

John is currently the High Performance Director of Volleyball Australia. Between 1989 and 1995, he was Secretary General of the International Rowing Federation.He was the fifth Director of the Australian Institute of Sport from 1995 to 2001. While he was Director, he supervised the Olympic Athlete Program which was largely responsible for Australia winning 58 medals and finishing 4th on the medal tally at the Sydney Olympics. In 2004, he was appointed by Football Federation Australia to establish a high performance unit.  He was responsible for overseeing the national teams including the Socceroos, Olyroos and Matildas. During this period, the Socceroos qualified for World Cups in Germany and South Africa. Since 1996, he has been a judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.