By Daniel Hunter

Triple Olympian Kate Richardson-Walshhas joined EY’s Business Development in London, while training for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The hockey star joins EY as part of a partnership between the professional services company and Athlete Career Transition (ACT).

ACT, set-up by former Welsh rugby internationals Andy and Steve Moore, works with professional athletes to prepare them for a career after retiring from sport and transitioning to the workplace.

Kate has been the captain of England and GB hockey for the last eleven years and has represented England at four World Cups, four Commonwealth Games and seven European Championships, winning eleven medals across these tournaments. Her bravery was an abiding memory from London 2012 when, just days after having her jaw badly fractured in the first match, she returned to the pitch to lead the GB women’s hockey team to the Olympic bronze medal.

Kate said: “I am thrilled to be joining EY - a company that aspires to be the best, striving towards an inspirational vision and requiring everybody to work together as a cohesive and productive team. This encompasses everything I loved about being an international athlete and I looking forward to translating my leadership and teaming skills to the corporate world.”

Caroline Artis, senior partner at EY in London, said: “Kate is an inspirational leader and role model with a fantastic desire to continue to succeed at the pinnacle of international sport while learning about our industry and developing her skills for the future. I’d like to welcome her to EY and look forward to her courage and will-to-win rubbing off on everyone at EY.”

“Through our Women Athletes Business Network, EY is leading the way in demonstrating that there is a ready translation of skills from sport to business, and having Kate join us is a great way for EY to continue to lead from the front.”