Mike Forde is one of the UK's leading football executives, having worked in the English Premier League for over two decades. He is widely recognised for implementing innovative, cutting edge methods within the Premier League and for creating a sustained business model for elite player performance. Co-founder of the New York and London based Talent Agency 'FC Talent', Mike has a degree in Sport Science from Liverpool John Moores University and a Masters in Psychology and Sport from San Diego State University/Leeds Metropolitan University.
From 1999 to 2007, Mike was Performance Director for Bolton Wanderers Football Club, subsequently being appointed Director of Football Operations and Executive Club Director for Chelsea Football Club, a role he held until 2013. While at Chelsea, Mike dealt with all areas of performance and team operations relating to the 1st Champions League, Europa League, Premier League title and three FA Cups. This was the most successful era in the club’s history.
In May 2013, Chelsea won the Europa League for the first time in their history. Mike commented, "It was a fantastic achievement by the players. The final was only 120 minutes but represented nearly a decade of hard work and focus to achieve a specific goal. This is a great story for anyone who wants to achieve the highest level of performance."
Mike has also served as a non-executive director at the Lawn Tennis Association, and has advised American football, basketball and baseball teams in the USA, as well as international rugby union, international cricket and Formula One teams.
Mike draws on his experience in leadership, team performance and player talent management to give inspirational Motivational Speeches and Workshops, transferring best practice from the sports field to the business environment, identifying those areas where performance needs to be improved to achieve sustainable goals across a range of disciplines. The main topics of Mike's motivational speakers are: Creating a High Performance Environment; Strategies and Mindsets for becoming a High Achiever; The Role of Talent in Creating a Powerful Organisation.
With his combination of drive and motivation achieved through long-term experience in profession football at the highest level, wedded to an understanding of how this experience can be applied in the business world, Mike is an ideal corporate Motivational Speaker. To book him, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call us on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
- Pundit on Sky Sport's Soccer Saturday and a highly sought-after speaker with a fantastic array of stories and anecdotes from his footballing career.
- Former Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)and one of the country's top business advisors.
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- Co-presenter of The Last Leg and The Jump.