Senior Leadership Team
Dave Scotford (Team Director): Dave founded Team Norse Thunder in 2016 and his role sees him lead day-to-day operations while also focusing on building long-term plans to drive the organisation forward. He is a Lecturer at Birmingham City University teaching on the Esports Management undergraduate degree and at University College Birmingham where he leads the Level 3 BTEC in Esports.
Karys Belfield (Senior Leader): Karys originally joined the team as a player on the Pokemon TCG roster and reached a ranking inside the top 8 of the European rankings, and now plays on the Pokemon Unite roster. She currently works in the Thunder Senior Leadership Team helping to manage the organisation at a day-to-day level, and helps to run the team’s Birmingham venue.
Esports Team Management
Megan Reynolds (Pokemon Unite Coach): Tiny - Megan - joined the Pokemon Unite roster in its first iteration and later went on to captain Team Red during a world championship qualifying campaign. She also lead the roster through their debut in the Zapdos Graph Unite League. She now works the Unite Coach for Thunder’s Team White alongside the team’s captain and vice captain.
Ryan Northcott (League of Legends Manager): Known as Xepher in-game, Ryan joined Thunder’s first EU-based League of Legends roster as a player in 2020. He went on to play in Clash events and an MXL split which resulted in a 4th place finish in Division 3. His current role sees him leading one of the team's rosters which competes in community-based competitions.
Hayley Browning (Recruitment Lead): Hayley leads the organisation’s recruitment operation, a role which sees her building links with players and staff across the games that Thunder competes in, and planning for future rosters. Away from the organisation, Hayley is completing her Business Management degree with the Open University and lives in London.
Company Advisory Board
Sean Hooley (Advisory Board Member): Sean is currently the Acting Course Leader for Esports Management at Birmingham City University and has previously worked in the Further Education sector as the Primary Esports Tutor at Chesterfield College. Sean also works as an advisor with Hado Esports.
Cameron Vanloo (Advisory Board Member): Cameron is the Course Director for Esports at Staffordshire University and covers both the Staffordshire and London campuses. He has previously also taught at the University of Northampton.
Morgan West (Advisory Board Member): Morgan is the Managing Director at West & Sterling, a digital marketing agency based in London and also CEO at Qeta, a financial technology company.
Caleb Wilmoth (Advisory Board Member): Caleb is a digital marketing specialist who works for Surf, a data-focused marketing company that works with some of the world’s biggest brands. He also works for Unified as an Events Contractor supporting in-person and virtual esports tournaments.
Clarice Rose Bishop (Advisory Board Member): Clarice has a range of experience across the esports space, specifically in broadcast and production. She studied Television Production Technology at Nottingham Trent University having also studied at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies.