who

chris grant

Chris has worked successfully with more than 1500 leadership and operational teams on strategy and performance. His contributions have ranged from a four-year stint chairing one of the most successful multi-stakeholder projects in the UK’s financial and retail sectors in recent years (The Chip & PIN Programme) to helping a national sports squad prepare for a successful European Championship campaign. He has recently been putting his knowledge of organisations and teams into practice as CEO of Sported, one of the UK's leading sports-related charities.

Chris was proud to be Vice-Chairman of the II Foundation, which kept London 2012’s Olympic and Paralympic promise to inspire and improve the lives of more than twelve million children around the world. His voluntary work also includes the delivery of a sustained and profound legacy from London 2012 in the form of a revolutionary hockey club, the FRE Flyers, for young people in the East of London. On four occasions, he has chaired the judging of the BT Sport Industry Awards, and he now sits on the Board of Sport England.

Working in a broad range of contexts, Chris probably draws as much from his first degree in French literature and philosophy as from his MSc focusing on group and organisational dynamics. Over the years, he has helped a number of organisations with major change programmes. These include BBC Worldwide; Companies House, and Lexis Public relations. He has also chaired and facilitated many learning events; strategy formation gatherings; mediations and other forms of gathering in the UK; the USA; India; The Netherlands; Canada; South Africa and elsewhere. He was Lead Tutor on UK Sport's Elite Programme - a three-year learning journey for cohorts of the most successful coaches of Britain's Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports.

Chris has delivered well-received keynotes and seminars for groups as diverse as the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference in San Francisco (Leading Your Team Through Difficult Times); the NHS Medical Directors’ Conference in London (Clinical Leadership); UK Sport’s World Class Performance Conference (Authentic Leadership for Sustainable Success) and the Pluk Innovation Festival in the Netherlands (Prototyping and Staying Connected).   Apart from groups of all sizes, Chris sometimes works on a 1:1 basis with Executive and Non-Executive senior leaders, particularly when they and/or their business are going through transitions. Clients have included the coaches of GB Olympic athletes; the Managing Director of a large, London based Financial Services business and a senior figure in Arts management.

Chris is using his spare moments to record lessons learned from 25 years of team facilitation and leadership in his book: “Me, We”, and also runs  workshops on the same topic.  Chris lives in Greenwich and Nijmegen with his wife Lenneke.