Karren Brady leadership speaker

Karren Brady

Famous for her skill in football management and for her role on The Apprentice, Karren Brady CBE truly has smashed the 'glass ceiling' and is an inspiration for women everywhere.

The Vice Chairman of West Ham Football Club and Lord Sugar's trusted aide on The Apprentice, Karren Brady is one of the UK's most successful businesswomen. A role model for women of all ages, she has overcome adversity during her career and has had to rely on her business intuition and passion, progressing from an early career in sales to become the managing director of Birmingham City F.C. at the age of just 23.

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About Karren Brady


Karren Brady CBE rose to prominence as the Managing Director of Birmingham City F.C. in 1993. Despite her young age and a lack of football management experience, her business instinct and people skills soon brought the club out of administration, transforming it into a successful and profitable PLC by 1997. Through this achievement she became the youngest manager of a Stock market listed business. She remained manager of Birmingham City until 2009 when it was sold, having been valued at 82 million pounds.

Her success at Birmingham City and her passion for football and business meant that Karren was soon involved with another club, becoming Vice Chairman of West Ham United in 2010. In the years since, Karren has begun to transform the struggling clubs fortunes; it became profitable for the first time in many years within the first months of her involvement. More recently, she has led the club in a successful bid for the Olympic Stadium.

In addition to her work in football management, Karren has also become a popular figure for her television roles and for her books. In 2006, she led the winning team in a The Apprentice Comic Relief special; in 2010, she became Lord Alan Sugars aide (alongside Nick Hewer) on the series. Known for her humour and for her fair appraisal of candidates, she assists Lord Sugar by supervising teams and providing feedback on candidate performance. Her TV role on The Apprentice may be her best known, but Karren has also appeared in a number of other programmes, including a BBC documentary about her management career called 'Inside Story' - The Real Life Manageress'.  She presented the ITV GMTV show Just the Job in 2009 and has experience in presenting from a number of others. She has been interviewed numerous times on television, radio and in printed media and was the interviewee on BBC Radio 4s Desert Island Discs in 2007. Karen has written several popular books, some of which focus on succeeding as a woman in male dominated industries. A regular columnist for The Sun and for Woman and Home magazine, Karren Bradys down to earth attitude and approachability make it obvious why she is one of the UKs most influential and well-liked businesswomen.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C.
  • Lord Sugar's aide on The Apprentice
  • Former Managing Director of Birmingham City F.C.
  • Author and Speaker

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to entrepreneurship and women in business.
  • Joined the House of Lords as a Conservative Life Peer
  • Included in 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom - BBC Radio 4s Woman's Hour (2013)
  • Patron - Stroke Association Annual Life After Stroke Awards (2013)
  • fcbusiness Magazine CEO of the Year Award - Football Business Awards (2012)
  • Ambassador - Wellbeing of Women (2012)
  • Britain's Most Inspirational Women - Breakthrough for Breast Cancer Inspiration Awards (2011)
  • Best TV Judge - National Reality TV Award (2011)
  • Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C. (2010 present)
  • Aide on the BBCs The Apprentice (2010 present)
  • Included in 100 Most Powerful Women in Britain - The Sunday Telegraph (2010)
  • Included in London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010 (sport) - Evening Standard (2010)
  • Honorary Doctorate - University of Birmingham (2010)
  • Spirit of Everywoman Award for services to women in business NatWest (2008)
  • Founder - 'Today's Business Woman' magazine (2008)
  • Business Woman of the Year (2007) 
  • Attended The Queens lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders (2006)
  • Woman of the Year - Cosmopolitan magazine (2006)
  • Managing Director of Birmingham City F.C. (1993 2009)
  • Honorary Fellow - Institute of Sales and Marketing
  • Board Director - Channel 4 Television
  • Non-Executive Director Arcadia
  • Board Director - Mothercare PLC
  • Board Director - Sport England
  • Ambassador - WellChild
  • Ambassador - Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Chair - Mothercare Group Foundation

Speaking Style

Educational and informal

Honest, straight-talking and passionate, Karren Brady is a true motivational speaker: one who can speak from experience.

Speaking Topics

  • Winning Leadership
  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Stepping Into The Unknown & Taking Risk
  • The 10 Key Principles For Successful Women Leaders
  • Goal Achieving


Testimonial for Strong Woman: "The Truth About Getting to the Top Karren's story will be an inspiration to women everywhere. She is a champion for women. Her story explains to others how to find that balance between family and being a top business woman at work." - Lord Alan Sugar

Testimonial for Strong Woman: "shows that with hard work and tenacity it is possible for women to reach the top of any industry and I am sure this book will encourage many more to be ambitious and successful." - Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho

Books By Karren Brady

  • Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting to the Top (2013)
  • Karren Brady?s 10 Rules for Success (2012)
  • Playing to Win: 10 Steps to Achieving Your Goals (2004)
  • Trophy Wives (1998)

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