Chrisssie Wellington OBE is a retired, British professional triathlete and four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. She was awarded a first class degree by the University of Birmingham (BsC Geography) and a Distinction from the University of Manchester (MA Econ Development Studies). Prior to becoming a professional athlete in 2007, she worked for the British Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as a policy adviser on international development and managed water and sanitation projects in Nepal. Chrissie retired in from professional sport in 2012 and is devotes her life to development work, and specifically interventions to increase participation in physical activity. She now works full time as Global Head of Health and Wellbeing for parkrun, and was instrumental in developing the junior parkrun series of events across the UK. Chrissie published her Sunday Times Best Selling autobiography, A Life Without Limits, in February 2012, and her second book, To the Finish Line: A World Champion Triathlete’s Guide to Your Perfect Race, in September 2017. Chrissie was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to sport and charity. She was also named the 2009 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and the University of Bristol.