HR Directors Club 2017

Date: Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Venue: The French Salon, Claridge’s Hotel, Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR

Time: 8:00am – 10:30am

MHR’s HR Directors Club returns to Claridge’s Hotel, Mayfair on Wednesday 6th December, featuring guest speaker, Karren Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE. Karren is one of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK. Voted Business Woman of the Year, Ultimate Entrepreneur and rated among the 50 most inspirational people in the world, she is passionate about business and the promotion of women in business in the UK. See more details below.

The HR Directors Club breakfast meeting will begin with coffee and networking at 8:00am, followed by breakfast served at 8:30am. Baroness Brady CBE will share her leadership insight around the topic of ‘harnessing your assets’, and MHR’s Chief Technology Officer, Mark Williams will present on ‘the future of work’.

The HR Directors Club is an invite-only event, open to HR Directors from the MHR customer base and beyond. For more information, or to register your interest, please email


Karren Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE

Full Biography

Karren Brady, businesswoman, peer, ‘first lady of football’, and Alan Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice, became MD of Birmingham City at the age of just 23 and is now one of the UK’s best-known business personalities.

After starting out in advertising, Karren’s first contact with David Sullivan, then owner of Sport Newspapers, was through selling him air-time on LBC. So impressed was the businessman that he employed Karren and she was quickly appointed a director. Upon hearing that Birmingham City had gone into receivership and was for sale for £1, she famously persuaded David that she could run the club. He bought it and installed Karren as Managing Director.

Within 12 months Karren had turned the club around, recording a profit. In four years she became the youngest MD of a PLC when the business was floated with a value of £25million. She steered the club to huge successes on paper and on the pitch and through the many challenges, the football and business worlds bring. Karren left the club when it was sold for £81million. When David Sullivan and his business partner David Gold bought West Ham United, Karren was appointed Vice-Chairman where, amongst other things, she negotiated the team’s move to the Olympic Stadium.

In her characteristically no-nonsense but entertaining way, Karren speaks about running the business side of a major football club - through promotion, relegation, controversy and even brain surgery. Known for her resilience and focus, she describes how to combat the fear of failure and energise the team, and why hunger is always your most valuable asset regardless of your organisation or industry.

Aside from football, Karren has served on the boards of Mothercare, Arcadia, Channel 4 and Sport England. She is an active member of the Lords and a Government small business ambassador and advises the parliamentary Women in Sport Advisory Board. She has written autobiographies, business books and novels, and has written for a range of national and local newspaper titles.



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