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Karren Brady

One of the UK's most recognisable female business figures, Karren Brady is the former MD of Birmingham City FC, and is Lord Alan Sugar's on-screen assistant on The Apprentice. Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world. Being a leading voice in the business sector means Karren is a model keynote speaker.

Former managing director of Birmingham City Football Club and current vice-chairman of West Ham United, Karren Brady, the first lady of football, is an entrepreneur, business speaker, journalist and author.  She was appointed the Government's small business ambassador in 2013.

The first woman to break into the very male dominated world of football, and Alan Sugar’s adviser on The Apprentice, Karren’s tenacity, business acumen and fervent determination to encourage women to fulfil their capacity for professional success, have made her a household name.

Karren gave an entertaining and inspiring speech that helped to add an extra special something to our evening.
Danwood

From Saatchi and Saatchi, she moved into advertising at LBC. One of her clients, David Sullivan, offered her a job with Sport Newspapers, where she became a director by the age of 20. She persuaded Sullivan to buy the floundering Birmingham City and told him she would run it for him, which she did, with huge success.

In 1993, at the age of 23, Karren was appointed to the most senior position any female had held in British football at Birmingham City. She was responsible for the company's flotation in 1997, and left for West Ham after the club was sold.

When she left the club, Karren was appointed Chairman to the England 2018 World Cup bid advisory board, and then as Vice-Chairman of West Ham United.

Karren has championed women in the boardroom in an influential and vociferous manner, through newspaper columns, government advisory positions and her Guardian column.

In September 2013 Karren addressed the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on the subject of small businesses and supporting the policies of Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. She was subsequently announced as the government's Small Business Ambassador by the former Prime Minster David Cameron.

Karren is a regular writer for the Woman & Home magazine and The Sun. She has also published four books including two novels.

In 2006 Karren was voted Cosmopolitan’s Woman of the Year, and in 2010 she was listed in the business category of The Sunday Telegraph's ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Britain’, and was included in the Evening Standard’s list of ‘London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010’.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate in business from the University of Birmingham in December 2010, and was hailed as Britain's Most Inspirational Women by the Breakthrough for Breast Cancer Inspiration Awards.

In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious fcbusiness Magazine CEO of the Year Award at the Football Business Awards, and in 2013 Karren was lauded as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.

Able to speak about business, leadership, motivation, teamwork and sport, Karren’s extensive and successful career makes her both a role model and ideal business speaker on the corporate circuit. 

For further information or to book Karren Brady, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

What people said about Karren Brady

Session was extremely interesting and the feedback from our leaders has been very positive.
British Energy
Clear, compelling and perfect for the target audience. Thank you!
McKenna Townsend PR
Thank you for taking the time to talk to the ladies at Capital One, they found your talk motivating, inspiring and refreshingly honest!
Capital One
Fabulous session from Karren Brady. Superb content and delivery, one of our best speakers.
Chief Nursing Conference
Successful press evening, feedback from journalists has been extremely positive. You certainly made quite an impression - thank you.
Sony Ericsson
Karren was spot on! Very good presentation, talk and superb questions answered.
Vice President PCubed
It was absolutely delightful working with you and you really inspired our ING International Programme. Thank you
ING
I was truly enthralled - she was FANTASTIC. I have described her talk as life changing - so refreshing and motivational.
Professional Cricketers Association
Thank you for making the conference such a resounding success. Overwhelmingly positive feedback, the delegates were truly impressed.
The Management & Leadership Network
Your speech was well received by members. They welcomed the opportunity to hear about your passion for Birmingham and British Sport.
David Cameron, Conservatives
Karren was informative, motivational, humorous and highly inspirational. By far one of the best speakers we have enjoyed. 10 out of 10.
Hewlett Packard
I know from speaking to attendees how much they enjoyed the way in which the event was facilitated by you with your opening address.
Job Centre Plus
You achieved what many consider to be unachievable a silent audience during your talk! Your speech was one of the best so far.
Institution of Civil Engineers
I felt inspired on hearing Karren's keynote address. You hit the spot. Thank you for topping up my energy levels and enthusiasm.
Best Western Hotels
Your speech was a perfect round up of the day, with personal insights and inspirational advice. Feedback was tremendously positive!
Institute of Directors North-West
You certainly gave our event the direction and inspiration it needed to keep the delegates fully engaged and focused!
The Chartered Institute of Marketing
You certainly went down a storm and all the delegates are unanimous in their praise for your session.
The Institute of Credit Management
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