Chris Grant

Chris has worked successfully with hundreds of leadership and operational teams on strategy and performance. His contributions have ranged from a four-year stint chairing one of the most successful multi-stakeholder projects in the UK’s financial and retail sectors in recent years (The Chip & PIN Programme) to helping a national sports squad prepare for a successful European Championship campaign.

Since 2016, Chris has been an Independent Board Member of Sport England, where he has been the driving force behind the newly established Talent Inclusion Advisory Group, which aims for national teams across all sports to reflect the broader population in terms of socio-economic background; ethnicity and other factors. He has been closely involved in the introduction of the Code for Sports Governance, and sits on the Investment Committee. 

For the last four years, he has chaired the judging of the BT Sport Industry Awards. In September 2018, Chris stepped down after almost five years as CEO of Sported, the UK-wide charity and membership organisation founded by Sir Keith Mills, providing capacity-building support and advocacy on behalf of more than 2500 local groups using sport and activity for social outcomes. This was an interlude in what has mainly been a portfolio career, with a particular focus on organisational culture, change and learning. He chaired the Board of the UK Chip & PIN Programme; delivered learning and change programmes across media, retail and other sectors; facilitated strategic planning processes for numerous Boards, and moderated events ranging from the World Cities Forum to the NHS Medical Directors’ Conference.

Chris has worked extensively within the High Performance sport system, not least as a lead tutor on UK Sport’s Elite Coach Programme, and recently facilitating post Tokyo strategy sessions around the UK with all the Paralympic and Olympic sports. He was Deputy Chair of the Board of International Inspiration, the groundbreaking London 2012 International Development Programme, which reached more than 20 million children around the world, and has also sat on the Board of the Youth Sport Trust and Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee. 

Working in a broad range of contexts, Chris probably draws as much from his first degree in French literature and philosophy as from his MSc focusing on group and organisational dynamics. Over the years, he has helped a number of organisations with major change programmes. These include BBC Worldwide; Companies House, and Lexis Public relations. He has also chaired and facilitated many learning events; strategy formation gatherings; mediations and other forms of gathering in the UK; the USA; India; The Netherlands; Canada and South Africa. 

Chris has delivered well-received keynotes and seminars for groups as diverse as the Pacific Coast Builders’ Conference in San Francisco (Leading Your Team Through Difficult Times); the NHS Medical Directors’ Conference in London; UK Sport’s World Class Performance Conference (Authentic Leadership for Sustainable Success); the Royal Yachting Associaion; Chartered Institute of Housing and Welsh Sports Association.  Chris has a longstanding interest in, and commitment to, challenging sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination. He served as a member of the Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport, chaired by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, and has spoken at International Womens Day gatherings and other events. 

In 2019, Chris was appointed Independent Chair of Professional Football’s Integrated Coaching Strategy, a partnership between the FA, Premier League, EFL, League Managers Association and Professional Footballers Association, developing a world-leading system for Coach and Manager education and development in the men's and women's professional game.

In June 2020, Chris's book "Better Decisions"  was published by Quarto.

Chris grew up in South London, and has endured the lifelong turmoil interspersed with shafts of glorious sunlight that go with being a Palace fan. He and his wife Lenneke have 4 grown-up children.