Karren Brady began her career at Saatchi & Saatchi when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto LBC as junior Account Executive. She is now known as the first woman in football and has been Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club since 1993.Â As well as for her work on ‘The Apprentice’ TV series.
She took over Birmingham City when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit.Â In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 the Club launched on the Stock market valued at the time of float at Â£25,000,000; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.
During the past years Karren has increased the average gate of the Club from 6,000 to a sell out capacity of over 30,000. In 2007 her business was valued at over Â£60million. Karren has attracted much media attention in her position, and was the subject of an hour long documentary ‘Inside Story’ – The Real Life Manageress’ shown on BBC 1. She has hosted her own TV show, Brady Bunch, and has also presented both Loose Women and Live Talk on ITV and she has also presented Central Weekend Live.
Karren has written four books; a factual account of her first season at Birmingham City, ‘Brady plays the Blues’ two novels, ‘United’ and ‘Trophy Wives’ and her latest book ‘Playing to Win’ is about successful women in business.Â Karren is a columnist for The Sun newspaper; the UK’s biggest selling national daily newspaper, The Evening Mail in Birmingham, and The Guardian.Â She is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards and the Sports Industry Awards.Â She is on the business Board of Scope, and the Ambassador for Birmingham Women’s Aid.Â She is Chairman of Kerrang! (EMAP), and a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England.
Voted by Cosmopolitan as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world and in 2004 and againÂ in 2006 attended The Queen’s lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders. She was acknowledged as one of the most influential women in Britain by the Daily Mail and voted as one of Britain’s Most Inspirational Women by Good Housekeeping magazine. In November 2006 she won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World. In MarchÂ 2006 she was chosen as the team leader on BBC1’s The Apprentice, for Comic Relief, where she lead her team to a resounding victory over the boys team raising over Â£750,000 for charity.
Karren Brady is a world class After Dinner Motivational and Inspiration Speaker. She covers subjects such as Motivation, Goal Achieving, Leading a Team, Delivering Change, Marketing, Business, Entrepreneurship, Management Skills, Women in Business, Team Building as well as after dinner speaking. She’s passionate, straight talking and delivers a genuine and personal account of how she built up her company and how she leads people towards change. She speaks passionately about how she succeeded in a man’s world, shares funny anecdotes as well and giving practical and inspiration advice to companies and individuals.
Carl Dalby, Vice President PCubed
Professional Cricketers Association (Business Event at Lords)
JLA (Learning Skills Council)
Bill Manson, The Management & Leadership Network
David Johns, Institution of Civil Engineers