Prolific world record setter, one of the UK’s greatest runners, chairman of London 2012, president of the IAAF and keynote speaker, Lord Coe demonstrates to audiences his political and strategic expertise in leading with vision and clarity.
Prolific world record setter, one of the UK’s greatest runners, chairman of London 2012, president of the IAAF and keynote speaker, Lord Coe demonstrates to audiences his political and strategic expertise in leading with vision and clarity. An expert in handling risk and uncertainty and managing large-scale teams, Seb is the perfect speaker to impart his wisdom on leadership, strategy and resilience.
Beginning his athletics career at the early age of 12, at Sheffield’s Hallamshire Harriers squad, Seb was coached by his father who was a trainer there. In 1977 he made his first mark as a professional athlete, winning the 800m at the European Indoor Championship. After a string of world records, Lord Coe won his first Olympic medal in 1980 at the Moscow games, taking gold in the 1,500m. His second gold came in 1984 at the Los Angeles Olympics. His famous rivalry with fellow runner Steve Ovett dominated his career, but Seb still managed to rise to the top and become one of the UK’s national treasures when it comes to athletics. He can boast of setting 12 middle-distance world records.
Following retiring from athletics in 1990, Seb moved into politics. In 1992, he was elected as Conservative Member of Parliament for Falmouth and Camborne, a seat he held for 5 years, when he became Private Secretary to William Hague, the Leader of the Opposition. In 2000 he was appointed a life peer, becoming Lord Coe of Ranmore.
The combination of his sporting and political experience led Lord Coe to be a natural choice to head up London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He led London to victory over Paris, with many crediting his rousing speech at the 2005 vote in Singapore as the decisive moment. Despite early public cynicism, Seb helped win over the media and London went on to host a phenomenally successful Olympic Games.
After the games, he went on to be elected Chairman of the British Olympic Association - a post he held until 2016. He is also Executive Chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment marketing agency. In 2015, he was elected President of the world governing body for athletics, the IAAF, having been a Vice President since 2007.
Packing his speeches with anecdotes from his time as an Olympic athlete, an MP, his chairmanship of London 2012 and his presidency of the IAAF, Lord Coe demonstrates to audiences his political and strategic expertise in guiding large organisations on the global stage.
His themes include leadership, collaboration, crisis management, building resilience, handling change and challenging the status quo. Lord Coe believes in creating a clear, strong vision for an organisation - a simple, transferable set of values which are adhered to at every moment and by every employee, wherever they are in a business hierarchy.
Throughout his career Lord Coe has found success by leading from the front and making visions a reality. He turned London 2012 into one of the UK’s most successful missions of all time, so is a natural speaker to educate on leadership, collaboration, resilience and teamwork.