Karren Brady is the Vice-Chairman of West Ham FC, the Senior Non-Executive Director of the Syco and Arcadia Boards and the Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party. In December 2013 she was awarded a CBE for services to women in business and entrepreneurship.
Karen is known as the first woman in football, and in Autumn 2002 was listed by “Cosmopolitan Magazine” as “one of the 100 most powerful women in the world”. She has became Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club in1993, and turned the club’s fortunes around. She took over Birmingham City when it was in liquidation, and in her first year at the helm, the club recorded a financial trading profit. Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK when she floated her business on the London stock market in 1997. She sold that business, Birmingham City FC in 2009 and in 2010 became the Vice Chairman of West Ham FC, the Premier League club that will be moving to the Olympic Stadium in 2016. Karren has attracted much media attention as the highest placed woman in football and was the subject of an hour long documentary ‘Inside Story – The Real Life Manageress’ shown on BBC1. She has also hosted her own TV show, ‘Brady Bunch’ and presented both ‘Loose Women’ and ‘Live Talk’ on ITV, and also presented for Central Weekend Live
Previously, she spent 7 years serving on both the Boards of Channel 4 television, where she chaired the Renumeration Committee and the global retailer Mothercare PLC.
She has won many awards for services to business over the years, including being named Business Woman of the Year and most Inspirational Woman of the Year. She has also been presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award, acknowledging her outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business. Karren has emerged as a powerful advocate for British business and in September 2013 addressed the Conservative Party Conference and is proud to be the Small Business Ambassador to the Party, traveling up and down the country meeting and engaging with small business owner who are the back bone of the British economy. She serves on the Department for Culture Media & Sport’s WISAB (Women in Sport Advisory Board) to help increase the status, influence and participation of women in the world of Sport.
She is also the Chairman of Mentore, a business whose sole purpose is to use mentoring as a solution for businesses to accelerate the development of female talent in their organisations to increase diversity at board and at senior levels in companies across the UK.
Charity plays a large part in her life and she is the Patron of The Stroke Association and an Ambassador for WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust.
She has a business doctorate from the University of Birmingham. She is a columnist and has written 4 books, her latest one being a Sunday Times best seller. She has been made a Conservative Party Life Peer and will join the Lords as Baroness Brady later this year. She also appears on the BBC show The Apprentice. She is married with two teenage children.
She is also available for Motivational and after dinner speaking engagements.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of Karren Brady
Procter and Gamble Plc
Very inspirational and funny at the same time. She shared her tips for getting to the top and how to succeed which is exactly what we wanted for our audience.
British Franchise Association
A captivating speaker and one I highly recommend. I’d been looking forward to seeing her in person for many years and she more than lived up to my sky-high expectations. She had so much to share that was directly relevant to our business audience and from a personal perspective, having recently taken over the role of CEO, her messages on leadership – covering everything from the team bus to the boardroom – couldn’t have been more inspiring. Thank you.
Baroness Brady was excellent. She provided a really good mix of business and leadership advice, inspiration and humorous anecdotes. She was the highlight of the day.