Meet the ISM team. Founded in 2019, Gary Pettit recognised a need in sport to create a new type of agency. One that not only supports athletes on the pitch, track or in the ring, but gives them access to the best experts ‘off pitch’ too.

Gary Pettit


Gary’s background spans over 30 years in financial markets. He has a solid understanding of the business behind modern sport. An ambassador for Prostate Cancer, Gary drives our business growth strategy. Passionate about delivering a new consultancy to suit sport now and the challenges that face today’s athletes.

Peter Varney


Peter is best known for his time as Chief Executive of Charlton Athletic FC. He spent eight seasons in the Premier League, generating in excess of £25m in investment. Peter drives our player commercial and business growth strategy. Peter is hugely respected in football and is pivotal to the future growth of the agency.

Jason Brightman

Executive Vice Chairman

With over 19 years of experience working in the sports industry and previously from IMG, Jason has represented a number of high profile talented stars across a range of sports including football, golf, cricket & rugby, whilst also working with influential industry bodies and global corporates. Jason works across all activity within the business, utilising his experience and knowledge within all sectors.

Mark Arber

Head of Football Operations

Respected ex-footballer having made over 650 appearances for clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, Peterborough United and Dagenham & Redbridge. Both an FA Licensed intermediary and A licence coach, Mark has an extensive football network and has negotiated numerous contracts for high profile brands including Adidas.

Maurice Gertski

Wealth Management

Maurice has over 35 years’ experience in wealth management, safeguarding clients’ interests and helping them to grow their investments. A successful negotiator, strategist and dispute resolver, Maurice is at the core of all of our athletes plans.

John Wright

Head of Cricket and Racing

John has an enviable network with cricket and racing. With over 20 years’ experience John understands the needs of our clients to help them fully focus on their sports.

Jess Chater

Group PA

Jessica plays a pivotal role within the ISM team. Assisting the Board and our agents, Jessica supports the team with all administration, marketing support and liaising with clients.

Ray Winstone

Co-Founder and ambassador

Ray is an ambassador and mentor for ISM providing invaluable advice and assistance to our athletes.


Gemma Oakes

Gemma Oakes has over 18 years PR experience working across sport and lifestyle brands. She is well connected and has delivered PR & social media campaigns for brands including PUMA, The FA, Canterbury and Mitre, as well as working with high profile athletes across a range of sports including football, rugby union, cricket, gymnastics and athletics.



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