Chris Holmes MBE 

Lord Holmes of Richmond  – Inspirational and motivational speaker


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.
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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.

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.

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