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Chris Holmes MBE LLD MA  Lord Holmes of  Richmond MBE

A truly inspirational Paralympic champion and Director of Integration for the most successful Paralympics in history.  Highly principled, a gifted leader and recently appointed to the House of Lords.

Christopher Holmes is the man who led the London 2012 Paralympic Games team to stage, in the words of the IPC President, "The greatest Paralympic Games ever."  He took the games to a global scale, the first games to achieve worldwide television audiences in the hundreds of millions, the first games to have all the Olympic sponsors also signed to the Paralympics and the first games to sell out all the stadia for every session.

Chris Holmes is now a Conservative Peer and sits in the House of Lords as Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE

Key topics

How to enable leadership at every level

How to build, motivate, maintain and measure high performance teams

How to create the vision, the mission

How to enable a culture of resourcefulness rather than over focus on merely resource

How to develop, understand and drive the brand, the cause

How to inspire the winning mentality

How to understand transition to enable transformation

How to enable rigour and structure to sit alongside creativity and innovative thinking

How to build the supporters

How to create effective, developmental client relationships

How to develop and embed a values led culture

Chris Holmes  MBE Inspirational and Motivational Speaker



Lord Holmes of Richmond  - Inspirational and motivational speaker

Chris Holmes MBE or  Lord Holmes of Richmond a truly inspirational Paralympic champion and  Director of Integration for the most successful Paralympics in history.  Highly principled, a gifted leader and recently appointed to the House of Lords.

Lord Holmes was Director of Paralympic Integration for London 2012. Using all his political skills and strategic know-how, he famously delivered the most successful Paralympics ever. It was the same determination that had earlier helped him become Britain's most successful Paralympic swimmer of all time. In the pool Chris Holmes  won nine gold medals, achieving a record six gold medals at a single Paralympics.  At those same Games, as team captain, Chris Holmes led the British team to top spot on the medal board for the first time. Chris Holmes has also won a string of World and European titles, broke 35 world records and was awarded an MBE for services to British sport at the incredibly young age of 20.

In his inspirational talks Chris Holmes describes the setbacks and the hard work as well as the victories. He talks about what it was like to go blind overnight at the age of 14. He explains how he never lost his ambition and determination to succeed and ultimately achieved dreams formed before losing his sight; to attend Cambridge University and represent his country in sport. He explains, also, how he beat the competition by facing down everything in training, embracing change and maintaining focus. Chris understands how to create the conditions for success.  He now applies a similar approach in his leadership role, encouraging others to fulfil their own potential.

Chris Holmes  has an unusual depth and breadth of experience. After retiring from competitive swimming he worked as a journalist before qualifying and working as a commercial lawyer for a leading international City practice. Chris Holmes was also appointed as non-Executive Director to the Disability Rights Commission and UK Sport and was an Ambassador for the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid.

As Director of Paralympic Integration for London 2012 Chris Holmes was responsible for the most successful commercial Paralympic Games ever, delivering a series of firsts including: the first games to have all sponsors signed to both Olympics and Paralympics, the first games to sell out all the stadia for every session and, the first games to achieve worldwide television audiences in the hundreds of millions.

In 2013 the Prime Minister invited Chris Holmes to join his team in the House of Lords becoming Lord Holmes of Richmond. Chris Holmes brings his wide-ranging experience to bear in this role and actively relishes this new political position. His experiences navigating the ancient corridors of power with guide dog Lottie offer numerous insightful and entertaining anecdotes.

In other roles Chris Holmes demonstrates a continuing commitment to organisations and values in which he believes passionately. As non-Executive Director for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Chris works to improve the equality and human rights legislative framework in the UK and globally alongside the UN. Chris Holmes is a Patron of the British Armed Services charity ‘Help for Heroes’, working closely with servicemen and women returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris also works as Ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and as a Supporter for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

In September 2015 Lord Holmes was appointed as a Diversity Champion for the UK Civil Service as part of a four advisers tasked with making the Civil Service more representative of modern Britain

Chris Holmes,   has extensive experience of public speaking, communications and engaging with commercial, community, public sector and governmental organisations in the UK and around the world. 


Chris is able to communicate passionately the sporting and business messages from his own life but transcend this and create connections and relevance to whoever his audience may be. 

Key topics include

How to enable leadership at every level

How to build, motivate, maintain and measure high performance teams

How to create the vision, the mission

How to enable a culture of resourcefulness rather than over focus on merely resource

How to develop, understand and drive the brand, the cause

How to inspire the winning mentality

How to understand transition to enable transformation

How to enable rigour and structure to sit alongside creativity and innovative thinking

How to build the supporters

How to create effective, developmental client relationships

How to develop and embed a values led culture

Chris Holmes Inspirational and Motivational Speaker


Chris Holmes was outstanding. Absolutely what we needed. He had the perfect mix of being down to earth, funny, poignant, personal and an impressive expert on inclusivity. I still have ‘inclusivity is the parent of innovation’ resounding in my head. Some people gave Chris Holmes a standing ovation and the feedback we captured at the end was extremely complimentary. People went away feeling inspired to do more and judging from the number of emails in my inbox this morning about what a great conference it was, Chris Holmes beautifully topped off the day just as we needed.

Thank you Helen so much for organising his appearance at such short notice and being so flexible with us. It was very much appreciated.

Katie Hartwright  Value Office Agency 


Chris Holmes was excellent and was a perfect choice for our event! He was funny, down to earth and very inspiring – we had great feedback from our Trustees and guests, thank you Chris Holmes

Philippa Charles  Director The Garfield Foundation


Chris Holmes was a speaker at our Inspiring Success conference that we held for all of the staff of our Edwin Jones Trust.  He was an amazing speaker and it was interesting, amusing, moving and inspiring to hear about his life and of the awesome things he has managed to achieve.  He certainly gave me food for thought regarding how important it is to believe that if you want to achieve something bad enough you must keep going; then anything is possible.  A trulyinspirational and motivational speaker.

The Edwin Jones Trust Education Conference  


Chris Holmes was engaging, charismatic, funny and had our audience hooked with his amazing and powerful personal story. But his real skill as a speaker was to weave into his own narrative the important themes in our business and to make his story engaging to the 30+ different cultures and nationalities in our audience. He was an exceptional, humbling and inspiring speaker that we would enthusiastically recommend.

Kimberly Clarke   Lisbon


Lord Holmes is an absolutely fantastic and inspirational speaker. His life experience teaches any audience that no matter the obstacle, anything is possible. He is passionate, extremely engaging and a pleasure to work with.  I’ve had Lord Holmes at several of my events and every talk he gives is tailored to the audience and topic. I highly recommend him.

BPP 


Chris Holmes has a unique and incredibly impactful story to tell about fulfilling ambitions and not allowing anything to get in the way.  His sporting, and subsequent business career enabled him to tailor his message to support our corporate messages perfectly, not least in relation to team work, leadership, performance and delivering against a vision.  Chris Holmes did this in an engaging (and humorous) communication style leaving our delegates on a high relating Chris' story to their working & home lives. 

British Gas April 2014

There is little doubt that Chris Holmes' presentation as our final speaker at the conference was an outstanding performance, and one which captivated the audience. The long applause at the end of his delivery indicated the impact he made on all those in the room, and the many comments I have received since then underline the fact that we could not have wished for a better and more powerful closing address.

The Master Inn Holders  


Chris Holmes was invited as our Keynote speaker to two forums we hosted in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia 2013. Chris Holmes delivered two stellar addresses with his clear and concise key messages only matched by his great wit and charm. There are few great public speakers, Chris Holmes is one of them.

NSW  Government 

Excellent, Chris Holmes has a very relaxed and engaging style – our guests warmed to him immediately. He is very perceptive about the audience present and adapted his talk to suit them – a very unique man in that respect. He was humorous and thought provoking and did exactly what we asked him to do. Chris Holmes is a warm, genuine, funny and inspiring speaker. It’s quite something to hold a restless audience’s attention at the end of a very long day. 

Barclaycard 


Chris Holmes's  presentation was excellent, he held the audience throughout and it was great that he stayed on to chat to people informally after his talk. 

Cabinet Office


Chris Holmes’s contribution to our staff conference was excellent. He is thought provoking, intuitive and great to work with. 

Department of Culture Media and Sport


Chris Holmes was superb. His speech was perfect for our conference, even the fire alarm and building evacuation in the middle of his talk didn’t distract him and in fact he even turned this into a positive, truly inspirational.

Department of Health 


Chris Holmes’s presentation was absolutely right for our event. He clearly understood the objectives of our organisation and was able to effectively communicate them in his presentation. 

Department of Transport

The feedback we have received so far has been excellent. Chris Holmes was described as inspirational, humorous and ‘a very nice chap’! Two people said to me today that he is the best speaker we have ever had!"

Alton College 


Chris Holmes is a warm, genuine, funny and inspiring speaker. It's quite something to hold a restless audience's attention at the end of a very long day.Chris' warmth, wit, and perfectly tailored message held their full attention." 

Blue Arrow


"Chris Holmes was superb, he tailored his message to our business goals which was exactly what we wanted." 

British Airways

"Chris Holmes' s presentation was excellent, he really understood what we were trying to achieve and certainly set the day off on a very positive note."

British Olympic Association


Chris  Holmes was excellent, amusing and really brought energy to our event." 

BT


Chris  Holmes was fantastic what a lovely guy and he went down a storm. Could not have asked anything more!" 

Essex County Council

It was great to have Chris Holmes speaking at our conference in Barcelona. His speech was extremely well received and very much made the day. He is quite unique in being able to tie his sporting experience with the needs and goals of the business world

Eurpoean Social Fund


Chris Holmes was excellent and I would definitely consider using him again. He was very easy to chat to, kind, funny but professional. He has the audience laughing on many occasions."

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