The Team

Meet the Mitre & George Team

Let’s meet , have a coffee and start the journey …

Barrie McDermott


Barrie McDermott works with Sky Sports as an analyst, business advisor, charity ambassador, and motivational public speaker. He was born and lives in Oldham.

He was the first Rugby League player in Leeds Rhinos’ history to win all three of Rugby League’s big achievements with the club. The Challenge Cup, Super League Grand Final, and World Club Challenge all fell to Barrie McDermott in a Leeds shirt.

In 2019 was the 12th player to be inducted into the Leeds Rhinos Hall of fame having also represented club and country with distinction. Since retiring has carefully chosen roles in business and management that have provided in depth knowledge and experience in a wealth of industries in and out of sport. The values and principles accumulated are what are at the forefront of the M&G philosophy including “always be a man of your word”.

Like all he undertakes, ‘Barrie Mc’ brought resilience, passion, hard work and ambition to the Rugby League game. The game taught him leadership, teamwork, communication, analysis, and man-management at the highest level.

They have played a central role in the Rugby League analyst’s successes as a media pundit, corporate business consultant, charity ambassador, fundraiser, and motivational speaker.

Phil Hawthorne


Phil has over 30 years experience within a variety of business sectors and management levels . Phil’s knowledge and experience include – completion of many SME funding deals working with a variety of banks and funders , Board Level Leadership and Management , extensive knowledge of SME issues , working within many sectors including energy, healthcare, leisure, construction, property and marketing , organisational change, strategy formulation and implementation, business monitoring and control , dealing with distress situations, business recovery and business turn-round , in depth experience of all business areas including finance (management accounts, liaison with banks, introduction of new finance, cash flow management), procurement, customer service and liaison , human resources , new business development, targeting and winning new business.

Outside of work and business Philip enjoys an eclectic mix of interests …notably Horse Racing and Bloodstock , Rugby League and ….Opera !

Phil Dunster


Phil has worked with the members of the M&G team for several years . Phil’s skill sets include digital media and marketing , digital strategies In addition to working with M&G Phil also runs his own Digital Media business Numagoo Ltd . Phil works with clients in many sectors but specialises in the Manufacturing, Leisure and Education sectors . Phil’s latest initiative has been to launch a highly specialised , and very much sought after , cyber security service .

Doreen Hamman


Doreen has over 30 years of business , finance and accounting experience. This includes preparation of monthly management accounts , credit control , financial forecasts , cash flows , VAT / HMRC negotiation and liaison . In addition to working with Mitre and George , Doreen also has her own business , Hamman Administration Services , which was established in 2005 . Doreen works with over 30 clients in a wide variety of sectors .

In her spare time Doreen is a bit of a motorsport enthusiast and can regularly be found at motorsports events , rallies and race meetings.

Izabela Szubarczyk

Administration Manager

11 years of experience working in recruitment across various sectors – industrial, healthcare and most recently technical – specialising in delivering engineering talent to warehouse, supply chain and logistics sector. Warehouse technology is evolving daily so we assess the emergence of AI, robotics and automation technologies with the potential to impact the sector and then provide the best engineers to support.
Strong background and knowledge of Account Management, Admin, Payroll & Compliance.

Outside of work Izzy loves a busy family life, activities at a local leisure club including gym, tennis, swimming and much needed time to unwind in a spa .

I believe my experience in an elite Sporting Environment over more than 20 years has given me a blue print for life … and for business

Barrie McDermott- Co Founder
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