The League Managers Association has announced the appointment of its first in-house Consultant Performance Psychiatrist.

Dr Allan Johnston’s appointment is part of the LMA’s commitment to promoting the wellbeing of all managers and coaches working in the professional game and providing access to the best possible education, advice and support throughout their careers.


In his role, he will guide and shape the LMA’s mental health and wellbeing programme and support the development of the LMA Institute of Leadership and High Performance alongside the LMA executive team.


This will include further developing the delivery of LMA Leadership and Performance Masterclasses, Regional Workshops and Conferences.

Dr Johnston will join the LMA’s health advisory group and will work in partnership with football’s key stakeholders to create a game-wide mental and emotional wellbeing strategy.

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan said: “Dr Johnston is a significant addition to the LMA’s existing team of medical experts providing bespoke 1-to-1 support for members.


“He will bring his significant knowledge of sports psychiatry to guide our members by building on our existing wellbeing and resilience programmes, which are delivered with the valuable support of the Premier League.


“His expertise will equip members with the skills they need to thrive in a high pressure environment and to deliver consistent personal high performance.”

Dr Allan Johnston added: “I am pleased and privileged to be joining the LMA to contribute to the wellbeing and performance of managers and coaches across football.


“Good mental health is essential to us all both at work and at home. I aim to play a significant role in improving the support that LMA members receive and to continue to develop strategies designed to reduce the stigma that has previously surrounded mental wellbeing.”

Dr Johnston will join the LMA team on Wednesday 6th February.