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Alix Popham

Alix Popham was never afraid to put his body on the line during a successful professional rugby career. Now, he is summoning that character to win the greatest challenge of his life. in 2020, in 202, Alix was hit with the hardest blow of his life – receiving a diagnosis of early onset dementia, brought on by the countless shuddering collisions out on the rugby field.


About Alix Popham

Alix Popham started playing the game aged just four years old and went on to a decorated career representing Newport, Leeds Tykes, Llanelli Scarlets and Brive, as well as winning 33 caps for Wales before retiring aged 30 in 2011.

Almost a decade on in 2020, Alix was tragically diagnosed with early onset dementia. This devastating, life-limiting condition would not only derail a young man in his prime, but also change the futures of his wife Mel, and his three daughters Holly,  Isobel, and Darcey.

Alix has since embarked on a mission to seek a better future for others playing contact sport, launching the Charity Head for Change, in 2021, to change the blueprint of contact sport and campaign for improved head injury protocols to make playing sport safer.

He is currently undergoing a pioneering neuro procedure.

To book Alix Popham, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Alix Popham’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Resilience
  • Service to Others
  • Driving Change
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"Alix kindly agreed to speak on the night in front of 500 lawyers. It is fair to say you could have heard a pin drop in the room. Alix’s experience told through his own words and in such a public setting was exceptionally moving... What blew us all away was Alix’s eloquence and his ability to relay his story so confidently and , despite the obvious sorrow, with humour and wit. He was statesman like in his delivery. His ability to share his story and his vulnerability in such a public setting in such a cool manner was very powerful. Alix clearly has the knack and skill of public speaking."

Lux Family Law

"Thank you to Alix for his recent talk at Hastings Direct – the team were very inspired by Alix’s enthusiastic and inspirational conversation, which he had clearly aligned to our organisation’s objectives, with lots of positive feedback and a real buzz around the room going on well into the evening. Alix has a very professional support team helping him to customise his presentations and talks and ensure that he is fully prepared and briefed to deliver on the day. We have already recommended Alix to speak at events with other business units internally."

Hastings Financial Services

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