Tuesday 13th March, 10:00, Main Stage – Top ten ingredients for success (Keynote)

Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham United Football Club and is recognised as the first woman in English football. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City from 1993 until 2009 and, during that time, turned the club’s fortunes around.

She took over when Birmingham City were in administration and, in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996, the Club made an overall profit for the first time and in 1997, she launched the Club on the Stock market.

In 2010, Brady was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United. Following her first twelve months at West Ham, the Club made a trading profit for the first time in its recent history. Brady has since grown all revenue streams at the Club exponentially. In 2013, she secured a move for the Club to the former Olympic Stadium in London. The stadium was recently named Stadium of the Year (2017) and its sold-out capacity of 60,000 boasts the highest number of season ticket holders in the capital. Brady has led the West Ham United brand to become one of the fastest growing brands in global football.

Brady is also the Small Business Ambassador for the UK Government and features on BBC TV’s The Apprentice.