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Karren is an inspiring speaker and celebrity host. Karren began her career at LBC when she was 18 years old and swiftly moved onto Saatchi & Saatchi as Junior Account Handler. She joined Sports Newspapers Ltd in 1988 and became Director within a year.

Karren is now known as the first woman in football. She was Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club from 1993 to 2009 and during that time turned the Club’s fortunes around. She took over Birmingham City FC when it was in administration, and in her first year at the helm, the Club recorded a financial trading profit. In 1996 the Club made an overall profit for the first time in modern history and in February 1997 the Club launched on the Stock Market valued at the time of float at £25,000,000; she was the youngest Managing Director of a PLC in the UK. During her tenure at Birmingham City Karren increased the average gate of the Club from 6,000 to a sell-out capacity of over 30,000 and in 2009 her business was valued at over £80million. In January 2010, Karren was appointed Vice Chairman of West Ham United FC.

In November 2006, Karen Brady won the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, in the category of Women Who Have Changed the World. In March 2006 she was chosen as the team leader on BBC1’s The Apprentice, for Comic Relief, where she led her team (Trinny Woodall, Jo Brand, Cheryl Cole and Maureen Lipman) to a resounding victory over the boys team (Alistair Campbell, Piers Morgan, Rupert Everett, Danny Baker and Ross Kemp) raising over £750k (the two teams together raising £1million for charity). In December 2007 Karren was a guest on Desert Island Discs and February 2008 saw the launch of Karren Brady’s ‘Today’s Business Woman’ magazine.

In October 2007 Karren was voted Business Woman of the Year and in November 2008 she was named as one of the top leadership role models in a national poll. This recognition was quickly followed in December 2008 when she was presented with the coveted Spirit of Everywoman Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards, acknowledging her outstanding achievements in changing the landscape for women in business. During January 2009, Karren presented a series of features for ITV1’s GMTV called Just the Job, helping people back into work, and giving advice about looking for and retaining your job in this uncertain economic climate. November 2010 saw Karren listed in the business category of The Sunday Telegraph’s ‘100 Most Powerful Women in Britain’, whilst also included in the Evening Standard’s list of ‘London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2010’.

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