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Catherine Spencer - Inspirational Speaker

Catherine Spencer is a former England International Rugby player and captain having won 63 caps for her country. She played in two World Cup finals, eight 6 Nations championships, as well as a number of Nations Cup competitions and European Cup tournaments. Catherine Spencer won England player of the year in 2006 and picked up the Rugby Union Writers Club Award in 2010 recognising outstanding achievements within the sport both on and off the pitch; in 2011 she won the Linda Utley Award marking outstanding contribution to sport away from the pitch.  

Since international retirement in 2011 Catherine Spencer has developed her career using the skills and experience gained as an International athlete and captain. After 4 years working for a Leisure Trust and 3 and a half years working for the Rugby Football Union she left employment to set up and establish her own company called Inspiring Women. 

Inspiring Women is a platform to encourage female speakers, mentors and ambassadors from the sports and adventure world to provide insight and share valuable lessons learnt with the business world.  Alongside this Catherine Spencer has undertaken a number of different media engagements including regular studio pundit work with Sky Sports and other media channels including the Women's Rugby World Cup and 6 Nations tournaments and has written published articles for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Times. 

Catherine Spencer  is also Patron of the charity Tag Rugby Trust; a charity that she has been involved with since 2007 which works across a number of developing countries with the aim to "Build futures through rugby". She feels passionately about helping to develop communities around the world using rugby as tool. Most recently Catherine and TRT are building their Female Inspiration through Rugby or FITR programme.

Catherine Spencer is also loyal to her Kent roots; she has recently been appointed a Kent Ambassador joining a grouping of highly successful and experienced people who either live or work in Kent and who have come together, by invitation, in a voluntary arrangement to help all aspects of life in Kent, she is a Patron of the Kent Messenger Group charity and a Gold Ambassador of Shepway Sport Trust. Alongside this Catherine Spencer has also become an associate of the Social Enterprise Switch the Play focusing on supporting the transition from sport following retirement. 

When time allows, Catherine Spencer  is also penning her memoir "Mud, Maul, Mascara" with the intention of publishing in 2018. 

Key topics include

Small Steps / goal setting

Transition from peer to Leader

Teamwork and Leadership

Performing under pressure

Transition following elite sport

Sport to Business 

Gender Equality

Managing disappointment

Managing expectations

Building confidence

Catherine Spencer - Inspirational Speaker

Catherine Spencer - Inspirational Speaker

Catherine Spencer is a former England International Rugby player and captain having won 63 caps for her country. She played in two World Cup finals, eight 6 Nations championships, as well as a number of Nations Cup competitions and European Cup tournaments. Catherine won England player of the year in 2006 and picked up the Rugby Union Writers Club Award in 2010 recognising outstanding achievements within the sport both on and off the pitch; in 2011 she won the Linda Utley Award marking outstanding contribution to sport away from the pitch.  

Since international retirement in 2011 Catherine Spencer  has developed her career using the skills and experience gained as an International athlete and captain. After 4 years working for a Leisure Trust and 3 and a half years working for the Rugby Football Union she left employment to set up and establish her own company called Inspiring Women. 

Inspiring Women is a platform to encourage female speakers, mentors and ambassadors from the sports and adventure world to provide insight and share valuable lessons learnt with the business world.  Alongside this Catherine Spencer has undertaken a number of different media engagements including regular studio pundit work with Sky Sports and other media channels including the Women's Rugby World Cup and 6 Nations tournaments and has written published articles for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Times. 

Catherine Spencer is also Patron of the charity Tag Rugby Trust; a charity that she has been involved with since 2007 which works across a number of developing countries with the aim to “Build futures through rugby”. She feels passionately about helping to develop communities around the world using rugby as tool. Most recently Catherine and TRT are building their Female Inspiration through Rugby or FITR programme.

Catherine Spencer  is also loyal to her Kent roots; she has recently been appointed a Kent Ambassador joining a grouping of highly successful and experienced people who either live or work in Kent and who have come together, by invitation, in a voluntary arrangement to help all aspects of life in Kent, she is a Patron of the Kent Messenger Group charity and a Gold Ambassador of Shepway Sport Trust. Alongside this Catherine has also become an associate of the Social Enterprise Switch the Play focusing on supporting the transition from sport following retirement. 

When time allows, Catherine is also penning her memoir “Mud, Maul, Mascara” with the intention of publishing in 2018. 

Major Sporting Highlights

2011 

Sixth successive Six Nations Title

Retired from international rugby following a sixth successive Six Nations Championship win of which five were Grand Slam titles.

Linda Utley Award  recognising outstanding contribution to sport away from the pitch.

2010    

Rugby Union Writers Award  recognising outstanding achievements within rugby both on the pitch and as an ambassador for the sport.

Women’s Rugby World Cup (England)   Captained England to the final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

2009

50th Cap  Captained England, at Twickenham Stadium, to the first victory over World Champions New Zealand in eight years. Scored the only try of the match and was presented with the Investec Player of the Match award.

2007 – 2011     

England Captain   - Led England to successes in:

The 2010 World Cup Final

The 2010 Six Nations (Grand Slam winners)

The 2009 Nations Cup,

The 2009 Six Nations, (Tournament champions) 

The 2008 Nations Cup,

The 2008 Six Nations (Grand Slam winner

 The 2008 European Cup,2006-2007    England Player of the Year

 2006                 

Women’s Rugby World Cup (Canada)

Member of the England Rugby World Cup squad                                     

2004 – 2011    

Six Nations Championships

2004                   England debut

2004                   Six Nations, England v Wales.  scored a try on  debut.

2004                   Runners Up

2005                   Runners Up

2006                   Grand slam Winners

2007                   Grand slam Winners

2008                   Grand slam Winners

2009                   Tournament Winners

2010                   Grand slam Winners

2011                   Grand slam Winners

Catherine Spencer - Inspirational Speaker

Catherine Spencer Thank you so much for your time this afternoon. Every single one of our team felt your talk resonated superbly with our challenges ahead. 

Network Rail

The ladies, particularly, in our team have talked to me saying they really enjoyed the feminine perspective you gave on dealing with teamwork and challenges. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to other people

Jonathan Davies Senior Programme  ManagerThames Valley Area  BT Business

It was of great benefit to our conference on leadership and coaching to have Catherine Spencer speak to the management community. Her experience, dedication and storytelling of handling both success and disappointment were equally motivational and educational to a team who are all about embracing the ethos of challenging leadership and self-motivation. I would thoroughly recommend.

Karen Breene, Director BT Business Sales

Extremely interesting, entertaining and inspirational, describing her exciting Rugby career and the events along the way which gave Catherine the strength and inspiration to succeed in what followed.  Catherine Spencer was engaging from the outset, insightful and polished.  

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Bristol Ladies Rugby were very pleased to have Catherine Spencer as our guest speaker at our End of Season awards celebrationsCatherine is an absolute find! Not only did she inspire the players in the room who know of her but also our sponsors, and associates within the world of men’s rugby. Her talk had the perfect weight of emotion, laughter and motivation.

A true thank you from all of us here at Bristol Ladies Rugby.

Heidi Chapman-Mercer   Bristol Ladies Rugby CEO

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