Kyran Bracken played rugby for England for ten years, making his debut against the All Blacks when Jamie Joseph famously stood on his ankle. Although plagued with injury, he gained 51 caps – the highlight being his contribution to the World Cup win in 2003. He was inducted into the Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame in 2017.
Until the advent of the professional game, Kyran balanced playing for Bristol with a successful career in law. He took part in trials for Ireland, but was rejected and told to return in a few years – which he did, albeit on the opposing team. He went on to play 170 times for Saracens, tour with the Lions and appear on numerous occasions for the Barbarians.
After retiring Kyran swapped his rugby shirt for all-in-one lycra and agreed to appear on ITV’s Dancing on Ice. He went on to win the contest. He also won the subsequent special edition of Dancing On Ice, ‘The Champion of Champions’, after repeating his record 29.5 point score. The spray tan and sparkly outfits clearly made their mark – Kyran’s passion for ice skating continues. But he’s also stayed close to rugby as a coach at Leicester.
On the conference platform Kyran talks about his formula for success, using practical examples from an England team who progressed from nearly-men to World Champions. He explains how they had several leaders, each responsible for their own discipline but following a single game plan designed to leave the opposition in their wake. After dinner, he compares those who have influenced him the most. Who was the more fearsome: Sir Clive Woodward or Torvill & Dean?
Popular with the media, Kyran appears frequently on the BBC and Sky Sports TV amongst other channels, in addition to appearing on the pages of publications such as Hello! & Ok!, Men’s Health and GQ.
Kyran is entrepreneurial, was appointed a Business Link ambassador and is not afraid of taking risks. He has an impressive property portfolio that spans North London, Jersey, Ireland and South Africa and he now owns and runs a touring ice skating show, as well as having other business interests.
Kyran is a charming character and an excellent choice as a conference host, awards presenter, motivational or after dinner speaker. He is a former winner of MBN’s Rugby Speaker of the Year Award but appeals across the board to sporting and non-sporting audiences. He is entertaining as well as inspirational and is a welcome guest at any corporate event.
Feedback includes: “Kyran was very professional and relaxed throughout the event (our Business Excellence Awards last October). He kept everyone engaged and found the right level very quickly to keep attendees interested! Very easy to work with.”Anglian Water Services Ltd
“Well received by both male and female attendees” VT Flagship
“I would like to thank Kyran for being such a great success. He was humorous, insightful and entertaining.” BAE Systems, Event Organiser
“Exactly the right balance of entertaining stories and messages about teamwork.” Bosch
‘Kyran Bracken was absolutely brilliant and I would certainly highly recommend him for any events – I would love to have him back at our dinner over the next few years too!’ – Barr Soft Drinks
“It was greatly appreciated that Kyran turned up for pre-dinner drinks with the Chairman and Midlands Board and several people remarked what excellent company he was during dinner. As our after dinner speaker, he went down well with the predominantly male audience – telling stories about his time as part of the England rugby team, which were amusing even to the non-rugby fans.” Investment Property Forum
“A brilliant and very relevant choice. We all appreciated the interest Kyran showed in the business.” National Grid
“We were looking for a respected sporting figure who was at ease with speaking to a dental audience – we got even more with Kyran. Funny, confident, great to work with and a real crowd pleaser. The men loved the rugby anecdotes, the ladies also enjoyed Kyran” FMC
“Loved Kyran he was great at getting the message over in a fun way.” BT
“Very professional, entertaining and charming.” Event Exchange ltd
“Kyran delivered a very memorable after lunch talk. He was confident on stage, very entertaining and hit all the right buttons. He was equally engaging when he joined the other guests for the Q&A section.” Institute of Directors
“Kyran was charming, professional and so easy going. A real dream to work with and the ideal host for the audience. We will definitely be considering Kyran for future events.” FT Business
“Kyran delivered just what we wanted. He put the panel at ease and probed them well to dig out the stories that our guests wanted to hear. He was professional and entertaining. A nice guy and easy to work with.” MBN Promotions
“We often use Kyran to speak or MC. Thanks to his world cup winning status and highly successful England career he’s a player that our guests enjoying mingling with. But not only is he a star player, he’s a strong speaker who knows how to entertain and engage with the guests. A top man.” RT Ltd
“Kyran is a fantastic speaker – we booked him for this event as we had previously used him … Although our audience size was a lot smaller than we had originally thought, Kyran did a fantastic job of speaking to a much smaller group, keeping everyone engaged and making everyone laugh. Kyran does a really good job of talking about his own experiences and informing the audience how they can apply the same thinking to their own career – even if that career is completely different from his own. I would definitely book Kyran for another event!” Newsquest Specialist Media
“Kyran was friendly, easy to get on with, relaxed and entertaining. He was adaptable and willing to spend time signing autographs after the main speech and prize-giving. His presentation was appropriate for our audience of teachers.” Bradford and Keighley Catholic Schools
“Well prepared, smartly dressed and well spoken. Lots of relevant material and some great anecdotes” Haymarket Media Group
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.
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