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  • Paul Mace
  • Founder and Managing Director

Paul established Macesport in 2005 after spending 23 years in professional sport and journalism.  He served on newspapers in Retford, Peterborough and Birmingham as well as sports broadcasting on Radio Trent and IRN.

In a 13-year stint at Leicester City FC, Paul created an industry-template communications and public relations department and went on to become chief operating officer and Executive Director of the Premier League club.

His aim was to establish a unique sports specific communications consultancy and bridge the gap between sport and the media. From their offices in Nottingham, Macesport – now with a team of 10 – have established themselves as the class-leading organisation of its kind.

Paul is a fourth-generation home-and-away supporter of Notts County FC, and sponsors the club’s Former Players’ Association.

Career Highlights:  Persuading Luis Suarez to attend the inaugural William Hill FSF Football Awards at Arsenal FC … and from the event undertaking Luis’ first-ever in-depth interview for English TV; Handling PR for Sven Goran Eriksson during his time at Notts County FC; Winning Sport Industry Award for our work helping bring Under Armour into the UK sports market; Sitting down in the same room for the first time with Olympian Michael Johnson!

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  • Ben Thompson
  • Account Director

Ben Thompson joined Macesport in May 2009.

Ben has spent all of his life in professional sport as a player for Nottingham Rugby and Exeter Chiefs and within the sports industry at Macesport.

As well as making over 100 National League appearances in five years for Nottingham Rugby, Thompson played a major role in raising the club’s profile in his role as communications manager at the club.

The talented sportsman has represented England Rugby at Students and Counties level, and has also played cricket for Middlesex and his home county of Oxfordshire.

Ben is a Masters Graduate from the University of Exeter where he studied Business Economics and International Management whilst on a cricket scholarship.

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  • Aimee Preston
  • Account Manager

Aimee joined Macesport in March 2010, after the acquisition of a series of high-profile clients.

Aimee has extensive experience of working in the sports industry after stints with Derby County FC as ticket sales administrator and Notts County FC as commercial executive, where she was responsible for booking and managing sponsorship packages, matchday hospitality and mascots, as well as other administrative roles.

Outside of work Aimee is a keen swimmer, supporter of Derby County FC and also enjoys days out in the Peak District with family and friends.

Career Highlights: Working at the NFL International Series; The launch of St. George’s Park National Football Centre; Traveling the world with the Northern Ireland’s senior squad as part of the Vauxhall Home Nations sponsorship.

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  • Abi Haywood
  • Account Manager

Abi Joined Macesport in January 2015 as an account manager.

After graduating from Loughborough University in 2013, she soon moved in to employment with Red Bull UK as a brand development executive.

Here she increased volume and availability of Red Bull across key impulse accounts throughout Nottingham and Derby.

Career Highlights:
In Abi’s 18 months at Red Bull she was consistently a top performer within the national field sales team and won two all expenses incentives to Austria and Ibiza.

Outside of work, Abi is a keen athlete and has previously competed for Great Britain and England internationally as a pole vaulter.

She is also a big football fan supporting Manchester United and her home team Huddersfield Town.

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  • John Simpson
  • Consultant

John has been working with Macesport in a consultancy capacity since March 2015.

After training as a journalist, John was a sports reporter for the Sunday Mercury and Birmingham Mail, covering local, national and international sport, before turning his hand to PR in 2001, when he joined West Bromwich Albion Football Club’s fledgling media department.

During 13 years as Press Officer and Head of Communications at The Hawthorns, he played a central role in raising the Baggies’ profile and managing the ever-increasing global media interest in the club during a challenging-but-exciting period which yielded three relegations and four promotions.

John has developed and maintained wide-ranging sports media connections during two decades in the industry and now works on a variety of sporting events as a PR, media & communications consultant. He is also a part-time lecturer in Sports PR at Staffordshire University and involved in 73 Management, a new football management service.