Entrepreneur, former England rugby star and TV pundit Ben Kay is an ideal choice as an dinner speaker, event host and motivational speaker.
England rugby legend, Ben Kay, is an accomplished after dinner speaker, event host and motivational speaker. He was a key part of the World Cup winning England rugby team. Ben was one of only four players to participate in both that successful campaign, and also the ill-fated attempt to defend the title four years later. He has since become an entrepreneur and TV sports pundit.
After joining Leicester Tigers (who would go on to be England’s most successful rugby union side) Ben was recruited to the England team in time for their first World Cup under Clive Woodward. The end of an impressive run saw a famous win in the dying moments of the final. England returned to the competition four years later, this time in France, a new team. However, their first game demonstrated just how much had been lost in the intervening time and the team were roundly criticised. They struggled on, and partly because of the lack of pressure on them after such criticism, they got to the final again, but were convincingly beaten by South Africa.
In his motivational presentations Ben looks at the differences between the two world cup. He looks at the leadership, the culture, the attitude – and highlights the lessons both bad and good. He analyses Sir Clive Woodward’s business-like approach to the team – managing, building confidence, encouraging talent, instilling team spirit, and giving autonomy to those who know their area best.
As well as his impressive career on the pitch, Ben also established an advertising and creative agency whilst he was playing. Working with sporting and non-sporting brands, the company produces campaigns and ideas for a range of large companies. He combines his knowledge of sporting achievement and business in entertaining, insightful presentations on leadership, teamwork and original thinking.
In addition to his keynote speeches, Ben is also a warm, humorous after-dinner speaker. He shares tales of life with the England team and from his varied career and appeals to both sporting and non sporting audiences. He is also a professional and adept host, applying his TV presentation skills to awards and live events. Ben has been a regular on televised coverage of Premiership and international rugby and is a key part of BT’s new coverage of the sport.
“Just wanted to thank you for organising Ben Kay he was fantastic. We had great feedback!” MotoNovo Finance (after dinner speech and awards hosting 2022)
“Just to say Ben was very good, he spoke about Rugby but made it entertaining for a wider audience. He also came across as a really nice bloke, I would certainly want him in my gang at school.” Corporate Recovery Specialists Luncheon
“Inspiring & entertaining – our team were buzzed and immediately took on the language he used.” Capita
“Speaker Ben Kay did a fantastic job” Sailors Children
“Good choice of speaker – Ben Kay surprisingly funny yet serious points well made” Jennet Siebrits, Head of Residential Research, CBRE UK