Karren is one of the most sought after speakers in the world and has worked in over 30 countries, motivating and advising global businesses through her award-winning speeches.
She began her career in advertising sales straight after leaving school. In 1993, aged just 23, she was appointed Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club when the club was in administration. Four years later, she became the youngest Managing Director of a UK plc., when she floated the club on the London Stock Exchange.
Having turned Birmingham City around, Karren sold the club in 2009 for £82,000,000. She joined the board of West Ham United in January 2010, and negotiated a successful bid for the club’s move to London’s iconic 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium. Under her leadership, West Ham has become one of the five fastest-growing brands in world football. Karren is also Senior Non-Executive Director of Syco Entertainment, a company jointly owned by Simon Cowell and Sony and leading retail multinational Taveta Investments, owner of global brands including Topshop.
Karren’s wealth of experience and passion for supporting entrepreneurs led to her appointment as the Government’s Business Ambassador by the Prime Minister in 2013.
In December 2013, she was awarded a CBE for services to women in business and entrepreneurship; the following August, she was elevated to the House of Lords by the Prime Minister, taking the title Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge CBE.
Karren has starred on the BBC’s The Apprentice as Sir Alan Sugar’s judge since 2009, and is a leading voice, contributor and commentator on business affairs and news programmes and has columns for The Sun newspaper and magazines Women & Home and Cosmopolitan. She is also an author of 5 books including the Sunday Times best-selling autobiography ‘Strong Woman’.
Away from home and the office, Karren devotes much of her spare time to supporting the charities, causes and campaigns that are close to her heart. Alongside her many other commitments, Karren campaigns tirelessly for the charities, causes and people that inspire her, from mentoring young people to championing women in business.