Karren Brady, Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE, is the Vice-Chairman of West Ham FC, the Senior Non-Executive Director of the Syco and Arcadia Boards and the Small Business Ambassador for the Government. In December 2013 she was awarded a CBE for services to women in business and entrepreneurship.
At 27 years of age, Karren became the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK when she floated her business, Birmingham City FC, on the London stock market in 1997. She sold that business in 2009, and in 2010 she became the Vice Chairman of Premier League club West Ham FC which moved into the Olympic Stadium in 2016, as part of a deal she negotiated on behalf of the club.
Previously, she spent seven years serving on both the Boards of Channel 4 television, where she chaired the Remuneration Committee, and the global retailer Mothercare PLC.
She has won many awards for services to business over the years, including being named Business Woman of the Year and Most Inspirational Woman of the Year. She has also been presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award, acknowledging her outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business. Karren has emerged as a powerful advocate for British business.
In September 2013 she addressed the Conservative Party Conference, and is proud to be the Small Business Ambassador to the Party, travelling up and down the country meeting and engaging with small business owners. She serves on the Department for Culture Media & Sport's WISAB (Women in Sport Advisory Board) to help increase the status, influence and participation of women in the world of sport.
Karren is also the Chairman of Mentore, a business whose sole purpose is to use mentoring as a solution for businesses to accelerate the development of female talent in their organisations, to increase diversity at board and at senior levels in companies across the UK.
Charity also plays a large part in her life and she is the Patron of The Stroke Association and an Ambassador for WellChild and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
She has a business doctorate from the University of Birmingham. She is also a columnist and has written four books, the latest of which became a Sunday Times bestseller.
In 2014 Karren became a Conservative Party life peer and joined the Lords as Baroness Brady.