Derek Redmond

Former World and European Champion, Professional Basketball Player for the Birmingham Bullets, & Group Performance Director of Thomas International

  • Author of ‘Sport Is A Business and Business Is A Sport’
  • Won Gold at the World Championships in 4x400m Relay
  • Broke the British Record for the 400m

Discover Derek Redmond’s biography of published work below.

Sport Is A Business and Business Is A Sport

When Derek Redmond is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Diversity and Inclusion
Dealing with Change
High Performance Teams
Motivation and Inspiration

Former World and European Champion, Derek Redmond is admired for the remarkable career he has developed throughout the sporting industry. As the former Performance Director of Thomas International, the world’s largest psychometric assessment company, Derek understands all there is to know about reaching peak performance. Having been encompassed in Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech for resilience and overcoming adversity, Derek is admired for inspiring audiences to strive for optimal performance in all aspects of life.

Rising to fame in 1985 when he broke the British record for the 400m, Derek was selected to represent Team GB in the European Championships in the 4x400m relay, where he claimed Gold. A year later, he gained the opportunity to compete in the 1987 World Championships, allowing him to showcase his remarkable talent on a world stage. Plagued by injury, Derek suffered a torn hamstring, which forced him to retire from athletics in 1994. Turning his high-performance mindset to other sports, Derek became a professional basketball player for the Birmingham Bullets and the England National Team, allowing him to compete against the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant

Aside from his admirable sporting career, Derek utilises his performance management and high-performance knowledge as an executive coach. Respected for his valuable knowledge, he has worked as the Director of Development for UK Athletics, and Group Performance Director of Thomas International, a role which allowed him to develop the performance and mindset of all employees across the organisation. Determined to create positive change throughout the sporting industry, Derek authored the best-selling book ‘Sport is a Business and Business is a Sport’. As a proud Ambassador for Nike and a NED Board Member, he shares his remarkable sporting journey to develop the knowledge of sporting professionals worldwide.

A seasoned motivational speaker, Derek Redmond is highly sought-after to attend speaking engagements internationally. With experience speaking to over 1 million people, he is the ideal addition to any event. Aiming to increase his client’s performance rates, he utilises his previous experience to provide examples of how he has overcome adversity to get to where he is today. When looking to hire a passionate speaker who can focus on topics such as building high-performance teams, diversity and inclusion, building mental resilience, and motivating a workforce, look no further than Derek.

Derek Redmond is available to hire to speak on high performance, via his exclusive agent The High Performance Speakers Agency. Contact us today to hire Derek Redmond!

Official Testimonials

Derek Redmond is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“I was extremely happy with Derek’s speech and overall was great to work with. Everyone really enjoyed it and found it very inspirational. Derek managed to tailor his speech to be very relevant and aligned with our business strategy and the mindset I wanted everyone to leave with – it was absolutely amazing. Please extend feedback to Derek, as I really enjoyed meeting him and working with him. I am now officially a big fan of his. Would definitely consider booking him again as I liked his personality and how he very quickly could adapt and make his story relevant to the context.”

Mette, Director of Global Customer Service, Kindred Group PLC

“It went really well thank you, and we’ve had some great feedback from those who attended, including our Senior Partner. Derek was very engaging and his talk was thought-provoking.”

Felicity, D&I Manager, Simmons & Simmons LLP

“Derek was an absolute delight! So professional, helpful and entertaining- honestly I could not believe how pleasant he was to work with. Sometimes it feels as if the speaker is just there to do the slot and not a second more but that was definitely not the case with Derek. He was a wonderful guest, speaker, and host. Highly, highly recommend.”

Caron, Media Nett

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