Michelle Moore is an award-winning leadership coach, author, speaker and educator who has been voted as one of the UK’s 50 Most 'Influential Women in Sport’. As a global speaker, host, former athlete, facilitator, roundtable expert and advisor Michelle’s dynamic keynotes and initiatives focus on leadership, equity, resilience and success. Drawing on her experience as a former 400m runner and a current netball player she shares her expertise with others on how to create a high-performance mindset for success in personal and professional practice.
About Michelle Moore
Michelle Moore was the winner of the UK Precious Award for ‘Outstanding Woman in Sport’ in 2016 and is an expert on leadership, race equity and sport. A compelling, dynamic speaker and changemaker, Michelle is a powerful advocate for change inspiring, expanding and untapping leadership potential in the masses. Michelle’s first leadership book Real Wins was published in November 2021.
Michelle Moore has had a twenty-year career in senior leadership roles across sport, government, and education her pioneering work and coaching and leadership programmes are hugely successful. She has transformed the lives of professionals, young people, athletes, and the culture of many organisations. She is also a leadership tutor for The Guardian Masterclasses.
In addition she has 15 years of experience leading initiatives at the intersection of sport and social change. Her expertise and insight is sought out by government bodies, corporations and community organisations keen to draw on her knowledge of creating a sporting culture which fosters equity and inclusion.
A sought-after experienced speaker and moderator hosting events and delivering keynotes for The University of Cambridge, The NBA, and UNICEF UK.
Michelle is a leading voice in her field having chaired high-profile sports panels and convened, and moderated numerous roundtables, panels and conferences for government, anti-discriminatory initiatives in sport and public and private sector organisations including presenting at the House of Lords and at the United Nations. She has the unique ability to connect with many different people and a desire to create change and stimulate debate.
She lights up board rooms, sports halls and conference rooms alike, sharing her experience and message of our power to rise in spite of challenge, and inspiring a progressive brand of conscious leadership for a new age of sport and business.
Championed for a brand of activism which is unapologetic yet grounded in compassion and a desire to effect positive change, Michelle has spoken and consulted everywhere. She is a powerful advocate for education and works with national and international sports bodies, government and advocacy organisations to achieve sustainable social impact through sports and educational programmes. She continues to consult for CEO’s, individuals and senior leadership teams in organisations to create solutions steeped in strategic insight and cultural context.
She has delivered keynotes at the Women of the World and South by South West Festivals, UEFA, Adidas, the Premier League Charitable Trust, the London Mayor’s Office and the NBA. A regular guest lecturer for the University of Cambridge on the London 2012 Olympic Games. She is regularly invited onto BBC Radio and Television to commentate on issues of the day – a regular on the Vanessa Feltz show, Michelle has also appeared on Channel 4, CNN, TRT World and London Live, and been a guest on Radio 4 Women’s Hour. A natural storyteller, she is passionate about sharing her love for sport, leadership, equalities, social justice and the power of education.
Michelle has chaired events at the United Nations and presented to the House of Lords. Michelle makes regular appearances for top tier media outlets including BBC Radio 4, TRT World, Channel 4, BBC World Service and been featured in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Independent. Michelle is a regular contributor on BBC radio.
It was unquestionably her early life as a twin growing up in South London and competing for athletics club Herne Hill Harriers as early as aged nine, that introduced her to the power of resilience against a backdrop of social, family and cultural challenge. Those early personal experiences of the disparity that socio economics and race in people’s individual life chances and opportunities, lit an early fire to channel her experience and unexpressed rage through a productive and healthy medium. That flame burns on. And so it is that Michelle can evoke a standing ovation from individuals moved by stories of her work to tackle inequalities amongst marginalised communities. Revered for being both bold and vulnerable enough to speak out on topics such as “the emotional and economic tax Black and ethnic minority women pay”. Michelle takes this one step further and, in her campaigning, and project work she designs and curates programmes that uses sport to tackle and redress inequalities. In 2017 She successfully designed and secured funding for her Girls Basketball Inspiration Programme a sport for social change intervention using basketball to inspire and motivate girls to increase their levels of physical activity and enhance their well-being. In 2019 Michelle co-produced a prestigious event showcasing Britain’s first Black female footballer Emma Clarke.
Not only is she a consultant and advisor but her coaching, advisory and mentoring work focuses on the personal and collective transformation of people, communities and organisations. She is hired to strengthen people’s professional and personal development through coaching and leadership programmes across government, sport, business, corporate and public sectors. As a changemaker with a staunch commitment to representation her coaching and mentoring work has empowered hundreds of professionals and led her to become known for her empathetic, energetic and impassioned style as a coach and connector. Based on twenty years’ experience working in senior executive leadership and management role across education, local government and sport Michelle has developed an empathetic coaching style.
Her coaching and specialist consulting services support her clients to achieve greater clarity and performance, balance, and growth. As a former athlete and a current netball player Michelle understands how to create a high-performance mindset. Her clients have included Chief Executives high profile athletes and coaches, entrepreneurs, Directors of Children’s Services, public and corporate sector professionals, and national TV presenters.
As a seasoned senior executive working in local government Michelle’s reputation for being a highly effective manager and leader led her to become a leadership and executive coach across the organisation.
Michelle is highly experienced in the delivery of leadership coaching programmes for senior and middle leaders in local government, schools, universities, and charities. She has her own coaching portfolio of clients and has developed her own ‘Moore of You’ leadership programmes as a part of her public programming.
She delivers leadership, well-being and resilience coaching and mentoring to schoolteachers, university staff and professionals working in sport. Michelle works to a UK and global client base. In 2019 she delivered a leadership masterclass to 45 women from 19 different countries in France.
An educator, Michelle held senior executive roles in local government as a Head of service leading and managing teams of teams of Local Authority Officers across education departments. Michelle is a specialist in local authority management of PE and school sport and played a key role in the London 2012 Olympic Games. She combines her local authority and education expertise as part of her Advisory consultancy devising strategy for sports bodies, government and advocacy organisations. She works closely with the London Mayor’s office as a strategic advisor and executive coach for the sports team. Her consultancy practice works with a wide range of organisations including: The Youth Sport Trust, UNICEF UK, Sport England. She is a globally recognised executive on inclusive leadership, strategic partnerships, sport for development and innovation working across government, business, education and charitable sectors. In previous roles Michelle has held a range of posts with academic, vocational, pastoral and advisory responsibilities and worked as an Assistant Headteacher and a teacher in secondary and primary education respectively. Michelle is a purpose driven visionary leader with high levels of interpersonal communication and negotiation skills with the ability to inspire others to achieve their potential.
Michelle has convened numerous panels, roundtables and conferences hosting events and chairing panel discussions for government, anti-discriminatory initiatives in sport, public and private sector organisations including the United Nations in Geneva. This involves using her extensive and diverse international network of athletes, sports industry experts, politicians, celebrities, journalists, activists, academic scholars and high-profile leaders. As a thought leader and curator Michelle has produced a series of high-profile UK and international (US) thought leadership symposiums and panels addressing issues of equality and human rights in sport, with leading academics, high profile athletes and key figures from the world of politics and media. Her extensive portfolio of event production includes awards evenings, large scale sports events and conferences. Michelle has a unique empathetic style of being able to connect with many different people and a desire to create change and stimulate debate that results in dynamic, vibrant and innovative events.
Michelle combines her campaigning roles with board positions for SportsAid, a Sport England Talent Inclusion Advisory Board member and is commissioner for The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket. She is a senior honorary associate lecturer at the University of Worcester.
Michelle’s book Real Wins is published by John Murray Press, Hachette UK.
• Conscious Leadership – how we can all become more conscious of our leadership choices, actions, and behaviours.
• Leadership, Resilience and Success – finding the many different routes to success including self-leadership and strengthening personal and professional resilience
• Inclusive Leadership (with a focus on race equity) – How to develop your leadership style and find ways to challenge inequalities.
• Personal and Professional Growth – Inspiration shared including strategies for career and personal success.
• Mindset for success – how to apply a sporting mindset to achieve success in life.
• Personal productivity
• Sport, Identity and the Journey – Using insights and personal narratives, Michelle inspires audiences to embrace difference and stand in another person’s shoes. She shows you how the power of difference enhances our personal and global worlds.
• Sport as a Tool for Social Change – explores the importance of sport as a huge cultural presence and how it us used as a platform to shine a light on inequalities in a way few other things can.
• Sport, health and well-being
• Women’s empowerment and leadership – this talk is for women who want to unleash their leadership potential and find ways to thrive and not just survive work environments.
• Menopause, Resilience the Realities for women (and how to find your joy!)
Inclusive Leadership or Equity and Inclusion
In her inclusive leadership talks Michelle Moore seeks to redress inequality at all levels and shows us how to challenge stereotypes and tired assumptions to transform our experiences and environments. Michelle explores the complexities of the Black experience in organisations.
She shows us how to face our fears, build resilience and find our own unique leadership style in the pursuit of equity and inclusion as she redefines the relationship between identity and success for both individuals and organisations.
By taking responsibility for our leadership choices and actions, and, ultimately, by defining success in our own terms, we can all become more self-aware leaders. This then enables people to become the inclusive colleagues, leaders and community members the world needs.
Based on a twenty year career in senior leadership roles across sport, government and education, her pioneering work and coaching and leadership programmes have transformed the lives of professionals, young people, athletes and the culture of many organisations. Her work supports individuals who want to achieve greater performance, balance and growth both professionally and personally. Michelle has empowered hundreds of professionals and has become known for her energetic and impassioned style as a coach and connector. Michelle provides coaching for boards’ executives, managers and teams including specialist programmes for people of colour. Michelle has worked with professionals, headteachers and teachers, high profile athletes and coaches, entrepreneurs, public and corporate sector executives, media executives, board members and Chief Executives.
"When people talk with knowledge and meaning - they do a good job; when they speak with passion - they do a good job; when they speak from experience – they do a good job. It is rare that people do all three at once and go on to do a great job, whilst also provoking serious thinking, and that was the feeling I was left with after leaving Michelle’s talk."
Mick Donovan Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Worcester University
"I have known and worked with Michelle in a number of roles over many years. She is an inspirational figure with an enormous array of talents and skills whether she is acting as an event organiser, motivational speaker, educator, mentor, consultant or hosting a major conference. She is also an active board member and charity trustee, who understands governance and how to operate successfully in the third sector. A great person to work with."
Sir Clive Jones KCMG CBE
"Michelle delivered an input at Kent Police’s Valuing Difference Leadership event in October 2018. The aim of the event was to provoke, challenge and inspire both Kent Police officers and staff in the way they think around diversity and embracing authenticity in the workforce. Michelle’s input encompassed the whole theme of the day, covering both challenging topics and providing an overview of her personal experiences which was very well received and thought provoking. The feedback received from both officers and staff following the event has been overwhelmingly positive and we are extremely grateful to Michelle for being a pivotal part of a fantastic event."
Jo Shiner, Assistant Chief Constable, Kent Police
"Michelle hosted Sporting Equals’ national digital event, Race Equality: State of the Sector on Tuesday 23rd March 2021. Michelle was a dream to work with and her ideas and support pre-event was really appreciated. In addition, we appreciate the additional time Michelle spent on speaking to key panellist’s and scripting. With Michelle’s help, we had over 550 individuals from across the sector registering to attend the event, with impressive engagement scores from those watching... We hope Michelle enjoyed hosting the event and we as an organisation cannot thank her enough for being such an engaging speaker. Well done!"
Arun Kang OBE, CEO Sporting Equals
Our Year 10 pupils were lucky enough to spend an hour in the company of Michelle Moore. She delivered a motivational talk that not only fired up their aspirations but also left them feeling inspired about how education could help them achieve their ambitions. The pupils without exception, were able to relate to her story, they were intrigued about her journey and had many questions to pose to her during the Q&A. I would highly recommend Michelle to speak at any school. Our Year 10’s want to know when she is coming back!"
Emma Thurston, Deputy Headteacher St Matthew Academy