Karren Brady
Karren Brady is Vice Chairman of West Ham F.C, Lord Sugar's Advisor on The Apprentice and one of the UK's leading Female Business Speakers.

Karren began her career aged 18 at Saatchi & Saatchi, she swiftly moved onto LBC as a sales executive. In 1998 she joined Sport Newspapers Ltd and became Director within a year.

Karren Brady is recognised as the first woman in football. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club’s fortunes around. She took over the club when it was 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 in modern history and in February 1997 she launched the Club on the Stock market; Karren was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK.

In October 2009 Karren sold Birmingham City FC for £82million.

In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC. In January 2011, under her leadership WHU was awarded as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. As a result her club hopes to be moving there post games in 2014. Following her first 12 months at West Ham, the club made a trading profit for the first time in many years. West Ham has been awarded the tenancy of the Olympic Stadium and will move in from 2016

An Ambassador for The Stroke Association, WellChild and Teenage Cancer Trust, Karren Brady is also Chair of the Mothercare Group Foundation. She has been a Board Director of Mothercare PLC, Channel 4 Television and Sport England and is currently a non-Executive Director of Arcadia. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing.

Karren is a columnist for The Sun newspaper and Women & Home. She is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards, the Sports Industry Awards, Red Magazine Women Awards and Women & Home Women Awards.

Karren Brady has attracted much media attention throughout her career, 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, and has also presented on ITV.

In 2013 Karren was ranked by the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List as one the UK’s 100 most powerful women. In the same year Karren became an Ambassador for LifeSkills created with Barclays.

Karren was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year's Honours.

Entries by Karren Brady

More Than Just Making the Tea

(4) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (00:00)

You might be forgiven for thinking that our economy has fully recovered, especially with unemployment back to pre-recession levels, and the UK showing the strongest growth in Europe, surpassing all predictions. The view from many is that we're through the worst. But, the reality is different for many people, especially...

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What Could 2014 Mean for Businesses?

(2) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (23:00)

With the festive period barely over, the focus is now on 2014. For me, the most exciting part of the end of one year is the start of the next one. Because with the New Year comes new beginnings, new resolutions and above all new opportunities.

Many businesses will...

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Businesses Can Help Themselves by Helping Young People

(8) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (23:00)

As the clocks go back, it's clear that winter is coming and we're racing to the end of another year. So, as is traditional, it's the time when I reflect on the year that's been. For me, 2013 marked the start of the upturn, when more businesses across the UK...

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The Pressure to Succeed

(11) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (00:00)

It is generally acknowledged that pursuing, and succeeding in, a career will lead to a certain degree of stress. As the financial crisis worsened, so too did working lives for people across the UK with work-related stress soaring by 40% in an economic downturn according to research by the University...

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Why Are Winning Women Ending Up in Second Place?

(91) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (00:00)

This week Mark Carney will attend a meeting to discuss the complete lack of female representation on our bank notes. If we lose Elizabeth Fry from our five pound note, we are left with the Queen as our only female representative. Are we really unable to find a single historical...

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What I Hope for My Daughter's Career

(35) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (00:00)

There are many interesting routes into any career path and anyone who is successful in their job will spend their entire working life learning new skills whilst they work. Just as you do when you're a parent - it is all about learning how to adapt, evolve and grow together.

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The Best Investment a Business Can Make - The Next Generation

(30) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (00:00)

I was shocked to read this month that in the last three months, the number of unemployed 16 to 24 year olds rose by 20,000 to 979,000. The worst part of this trend is that employment as a whole during the same period slowed. While the economy shows signs of...

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Time to Put London 2012's Vision Into Action

(17) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (23:00)

The last weeks have been some of the most exciting in West Ham's history as we've secured tenancy of the Olympic Stadium. It's the start of a new chapter for us as a club but more importantly secures the legacy of the London 2012 Games by sustaining renewal of this...

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