Leonie Webster is a Senior Research Assistant in Human Factors in Command and Control in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. Leonie received a BSc in Sport Science and Social Science in 2007, and a MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2008, both from Loughborough University. After a period of teaching and research at Southampton Solent University and a year overseas, Leonie was awarded a PhD funded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to study teamwork out of Bangor University. Throughout the course of the PhD Leonie was fortunate to gain experience working as a Performance Psychologist with the England Women’s cricket pathway squads and work towards her British Psychological Society Stage 2 qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology. More recently, Leonie also worked with the England Women’s rugby team in the build up to, and throughout the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
Leonie’s research interests lie predominantly in teams; understanding how the most effective teams function, and developing methods to assess, and subsequently improve, team performances. The research conducted as part of her PhD was heavily applied, using cricket teams across the ECB network and translating the results into policy and practice within the organisation. Having returned to academia to complete her PhD and further her research interests, Leonie is now involved in a project at the University of Southampton investigating teamwork in the military.