Formerly Director of GB Cycling, Sir Dave Brailsford is a British cycling coach and the manager of Team Sky. Previously an Olympic legend and 2012 Sports Personality of the Year, Dave knows how to overcome adversity. A motivational and teamwork speaker, Dave can transfer his knowledge from the sporting world into a business environment, ensuring his listeners takeaway the core values of focus and motivation, he will leave audiences inspired.
Sir Dave Brailsford is an acclaimed motivational and teamwork speaker with a talent for inspiring audiences at corporate events. Dave speaks about the importance of focus, motivation and teamwork, and how leaders must deal with different people and their reactions to success and failure.
Formerly Performance Director of British Cycling, his athletes arrived home from Bejing with 14 medals including eight golds and then went on to win 12 medals in London with 8 golds again thus dominating the Velodrome in 2 separate Olympics. He was awarded Coach of the Year at the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
The Cycling team has been one of the most successful in the games' history. The success also brought Dave much critical acclaim, including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - Coach Award (an honour previous bestowed on Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Clive Woodward, and Enzo Calzaghe), a CBE and he became a sir following the success of the London 2012 Olympics.
The presiding saviour of British Cycling.
Brian Cookson, British Cycling President said: “Dave's progress and achievements since joining us a few years ago have been remarkable. His enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with his love for our sport and commitment to his job, are second to none, and I have every confidence that he will achieve even more in his role with us in the future". Dave Brailsford spent four years as a competitive cyclist in France before returning to the UK to study for his first degree in Sports Science. He subsequently went on to study for an MBA at Sheffield business school.
Dave has been involved in cycling throughout his career and was first employed by GB Team as a consultant following the advent of lottery funding. He then moved on to become Programmes' Director before becoming Performance Director. He brought to the role a blend of sporting knowledge and business acumen, which he has utilised to lead and develop the team into one of the most respected and successful Olympic Programmes across all sports.
Dave is currently General Manager of Team Sky.