Karren Brady

(12 Jun 2008)

7 6 5 4 3 2 1 kb black and white.jpg Thumbnail1.jpgKarren Brady began her career at LBC when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto Saatchi & Saatchi as Account Handler. She joined Sports Newspapers Ltd in 1988 and became Director within a year.

Karren is now known as the first woman in football. She has been Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club since 1993 and has turned the Club’s fortunes around. She took over Birmingham City 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 the Club launched on the Stock Market valued at the time of float at £25,000,000; she was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK. During the past years Karren has increased the average gate of the Club from 6,000 to a sell out capacity of over 30,000.

Karren has attracted much media attention in her position 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, Brady Bunch, and has also presented both Loose Women and Live Talk on ITV and she has also presented Central Weekend Live.

Karren has written four books; a factual account of her first season at Birmingham City, ‘Brady plays the Blues’ two novels, ‘United’ and ‘Trophy Wives’ and her latest book ‘Playing to Win’ is about successful women in business.

Karren is a columnist for The Sun newspaper, the UK’s biggest selling national daily newspaper, The Evening Mail in Birmingham, and occasionally writes for The Guardian. Karren was the finalist of the 2000 Midland's Businesswoman of the Year Awards. She is a judge of the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards and the Sports Industry Awards. She is on the business Board of Scope, and the Ambassador for Birmingham Women’s Aid. She is Chairman of Kerrang (EMAP), and she sits on the Board of Directors of both Mothercare PLC and Channel 4 Television. She is an honoree Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing. She was voted by Cosmopolitan as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2004 and again in 2007 she attended The Queen’s lunch for Women Achievers and Business Leaders. She was acknowledged as one of the most influential women in Britain by the Daily Mail and voted as one of Britain’s Most Inspriational Women by Good Housekeeping magazine. In November 2006 she won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World.

In March 2007 she was chosen as the Team Leader for the girl’s team in BBC1’s The Apprentice, for Comic Relief. She lead Trinny Woodall, Jo Brand, Cheryl Cole and Maureen Lipman to an outstanding victory, raising over £750,000. The boy's team was lead by Alistair Campbell, with Piers Morgan, Rupert Everett, Danny Baker and Ross Kemp. Together both teams raised £1million for Comic Relief.

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