Professor Pieter Kruger

As a registered clinical psychologist Pieter has been working in elite performance psychology for the past 17 years. He moved to the UK at the start of 2006, where he worked as a specialist clinical psychologist at the Nightingale Hospital in central London, before becoming a founding director of Cognacity Ltd.

On the elite sport side Pieter was a LOCOG specialist psychologist for the London 2012 Olympic Games, working with the GB Track & Field team, as well as team GB Rowing. He has worked in English Premier Football with individuals from Chelsea FC (2009/10) and Arsenal FC (2011-2015) on performance and clinical aspects. He is currently the Head of Performance Psychology for the London based Harlequins Premiership Rugby team (2006-2011; 2014-present; European Challenge Cup Champions, English Premiership Champions, LV Cup Champions), Lions Currie Cup and Super Rugby team (2014-2015), the South African Springbok Rugby team (Rugby World Cup Bronze medal winners 2015) and the Springbok Sevens Rugby Team (World Series Champions 2017).

In parallel, as an academic, Pieter was a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University from 2008 to 2012 on the MSc and Doctorate programmes in Cognitive and Counselling Psychology. He has also been a visiting professor at University College London (UCL) Medical School from 2011 to present, lecturing on the MSc programme in sports medicine. He is also currently an associate professor of clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychology & Wellbeing at North-West University.

As Director of International Operations at Cognacity, Pieter is responsible for the management of some UK based programmes and all US, Middle-Eastern and African-based corporate programmes. He is currently working with various Blue Chip and FTSE50 companies to facilitate performance under pressure in high pressure work environments at board and senior executive levels.