Chris Grant

Former CEO of Sported and one of the UK's leading facilitators

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Organisational change expert with a focus on diverse workplaces
Board member of Sport England
Appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021 for services to sport
Appointed by the British Basketball Federation as the new Chair of the sport’s national governing body in 2022

In his speaking work and his book Better Decisions, Chris Grant draws on his experience of working with thousands of leaders in business, sport and elsewhere, with a particular focus on effective leadership and cultivating a diverse workplace culture.

Chris chaired the programme that introduced the UK’s Chip & PIN payment technology and since 2015, he’s chaired the judging of the UK’s Sport Industry Awards. He sits on the board of Sport England, and has facilitated strategic and operational conversations across a range of sectors, from the European Retail Real Estate Conference to the NHS Medical Directors’ Forum. He’s helped global industries to think about their social impact, and a national sports squad prepare for a victorious European Championship campaign. He’s coached Team GB coaches, TV executives and (literally) rocket scientists. But to Chris, the titles are less important than the people. He’s fascinated by the common factors and approaches, which either bring them success, or get in the way.

Chris’s charisma, combined with his capacity to “tune in” to the priorities, culture and language of different groups, make him a highly successful speaker and facilitator in conference rooms. But he’s a hit through the video conference screen too, and has several tricks up his sleeve to help a group feel fully engaged and energised in a remote setting. He can deliver a straightforward keynote, and is also highly skilled at involving groups in interactive exercises to enhance their understanding, as well conversations which can continue beyond the session.

Chris was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021 for services to sport.

Suggested Talks:

A Systems Approach to Beating Racism: Lessons from an Activist in the Boardroom: The slogans, black squares and commissioning of “unconscious bias” training are the easy part. But what happens next, and how can individuals, teams and organisations ensure that, when it comes to racism, they’re part of the solution? In his highly engaging style, Chris sets out a roadmap for change, tapping into his broad and deep knowledge of building effective teams and organisations across many sectors, as well as a lifetime spent navigating the pitfalls and glass ceilings of racial politics in the UK.

I Can See Clearly Now: Making Decisions in Times of Crisis: As thoughts turn to what comes next post-COVID, the volume and importance of decisions needing to be made will continue to grow. Chris draws on examples from this most unusual year, and the insights from his new book “Better Decisions” to offer a startlingly accessible and engaging keynote, full of practical wisdom and useful techniques.

The State of our Industry/Organisation: A Crowdsourced Keynote: Whether “live” or through a screen, the value of any keynote sits in the place where the insights of the speaker meet the experiences and perspectives of the audience. Using a unique approach, developed in contexts as diverse as the European Retail Real Estate conference and the Visionary Conference for UK sight-impairment charities, Chris Grant gathers the views of a cross-section of participants up front by asking 3 very short, simple questions, and then weaves these into an engaging, comprehensive, forward-looking view of the team, organisation, sector or industry in question.

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“I’ve worked with Chris on several occasions with demanding audiences. He brings a quality of ‘high energy calm’ in his work with audiences, whether that’s as a presenter or a facilitator. He also possesses outstanding facilitation skills and understanding of group dynamics.  That’s great, but so what?  The ‘so what’ is that groups he works with are guided into a high energy calm of their own which clears thinking space and helps them get to the nub of what is important for them.”

Claire Stibbon, Head of Culture, UK Sport