Kate Richardson-Walsh

Olympic Gold & Bronze Field Hockey Player, Record-Breaking 375 Caps for Great Britain & England, 13 Years as Team GB & England Captain, Ambassador of the Women's Sport Trust & Inductee of the European Hall of Fame





Winning Together An Olympic-Winning Approach To Building Better Teams

Winning Together An Olympic-Winning Approach To Building Better Teams

Kate Richardson-Walsh received a 5 star rating across 18 events in 2023

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

"Kate Richardson-Walsh, a former English Hockey gold medallist and team Captain, is a powerful advocate for the LGBT+ community and breaking gender barriers in sports. As the first same-sex married couple to win Olympic medals, Kate and her wife, Helen, inspire many. Her resilience and success in hockey make her an influential and motivational keynote speaker."

How to hire Kate Richardson-Walsh

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Kate Richardson-Walsh's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • High Performance Under Pressure - Performing at an Elite Level for 17 Years
  • Leadership & Communication - Building a Winning Mindset, Finding Your Leadership Style & Bringing Out the Best in People
  • Teambuilding - Creating Unity of Standards, Spirit, Culture & Behaviours
  • Change Management - How to Turn Performance Around
  • Maintaining Peak Performance
  • Diversity & Inclusion - Female Leadership, LGBT+ & Inclusive Opportunity
  • Ambition & Goal-Setting - Effective Planning, Organisation & Evaluation
  • Grassroots Sport & Inspiring a New Generation

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Kate was fantastic! We had really great feedback, our delegates rated the guest speaker 4.87 out of 5. She was a true professional, we were experiencing some technical issues and Kate was able to deliver an excellent, motivating presentation. Feedback from our delegates: ‘Kate Richardson-Walsh was the highlight of the whole event’, ‘Kate was very interesting and inspirational’, ‘Kate was incredible, she brought her medals for us to look at and made time for pictures’ and ‘The guest speaker Kate was a great add-in she was very positive and I for one felt that she left a positive impact on how I deal with things in the future’." - Lisa, Operational Capabilities Command, Immigration Enforcement, Home Office

"Bang on in terms of the topics and challenges that we are facing, both as an executive team as well as throughout the teams within the organisation itself. In fact, when you talked of some of the challenges, some of my Management Committee members and I had thought that you had been listening to our committee earlier the same day! I have to say that your delivery is excellent, and so authentic. Many thanks for sharing your experience, your journey, your stories and the personal challenges that you faced yourself. I can relate to each and every one, and it is heartwarming to know that sometimes we are not quite as alone at the top as we might sometimes think." - Mike, CEO, BMW Group

"We feel like the conference went well and Kate was definitely a big part of that! Her talk was inspiring, motivating and very emotional (in a good way) The reactions we got after her talk were all super positive. Please tell her that the entire of Intuo is a bit in love with her." - Emiel, Intuo

“Kate was wonderful, such an inspiring speaker and was an absolute delight to have as a guest. We have been inundated with compliments for her and it seems she really struck the right note with the audience in everything she said about team ambition and leadership” - Mishcon de Reya, Entrepreneurs Forum

"I just wanted to pass on my huge thanks to Kate for last night’s event. She was wonderful. She is such an inspiring speaker and was an absolute delight to have as a guest. We have been inundated with compliments for her and it seems she really struck the right note with audience in everything she said about team ambition and leadership."

“Kate gave a fascinating, insightful interview on leadership, team dynamics and the culture of a winning team, all in a way that was relevant to our senior corporate audience and which perfectly strengthened the core theme of our event: how to achieve gender balance and redefine leadership” - FT Women at the Top Summit

"Please could you pass on our huge thanks and a lot of love from our U80 for Kate? The session was more than we could have hoped, perfectly balanced and pitched and really authentic and engaging, we really couldn’t have hoped for anything better. Thank you for the honesty and openness." - Emma, Mars Petcare

"Last week we were joined on Campus by Olympic Hockey Player Kate Richardson-Walsh (OBE) who told a brilliant story of building a culture that drives winning teams – focusing on values, behaviours and mindsets. These are all incredibly important to me personally, but also to everyone across our business – her story really inspired all of us in different ways, so a huge thank you to Kate for her insights. The feedback we have received on the session was incredible and I’m sure it isn’t the last we will hear from her!" - Imregi, Alphabet

"Kate was amazing, her talk was so inspirational and she was so humble and honest. The feedback from our customers and staff following the event and Kates talk has been so positive they really took so much away from it, as did I." - Sarah, Events & Education Manager, Straumann Group

  • 2023 - Assistant Coach of Field Hockey Canada
  • 2021 - Co-Founder of Be Create Inspire Ltd
  • 2021 - Co-Author of "Winning Together: An Olympic-Winning Approach to Building Better Teams"
  • 2020 - Leadership & Performance Coach for Virgin Media O2
  • 2019 - Co-Chair of the Athlete's Commission for the International Hockey Federation
  • 2018 - Head Coach for Hampstead & Westminster Ladies XI
  • 2017 - Awarded the National Lottery Spirit of Sport Award at the Sports Journalist's Association British Sports Awards
  • 2017 - Inducted into the European Hall of Fame
  • 2017 - Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Brunel University
  • 2017 - Presented with the England Hockey Member of Honour, the highest honour in English hockey
  • 2017 - Appointed OBE for Services to Hockey
  • 2016 - First hockey player to be shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award
  • 2015 - Appointed MBE for Services to Hockey
  • 2014 - Recipient of an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University
  • 2014 - Business Development Intern for Ernst & Young
  • 2012 - Ambassador of the Women's Sport Trust & Athlete Ambassador for Access Sport
  • 2012 - Member of the British Olympic Association's Athlete's Commission
  • 2012 - Assistant Coach for the Ladies First Team of Reading Hockey Club
  • 2012 - PR Executive for Promote PR
  • 2007 - Named Great Britain Hockey Athlete of the Year
  • 2007 - Executive Marketing Assistant for Canterbury of New Zealand
  • 2006 - Marketing Assistant for Laureus
  • Winner of the Hockey Writers Club UK Player of the Year award 2003, 2007 & 2012
  • Shortlisted for FIH World Player of the Year in 2003 & 2006
  • 1 x Olympic Gold medallist
  • 1 x Olympic Bronze medallist
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games Silver medallist
  • 2 x Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist
  • 1 x EuroHockey Nations Championship winner
  • 1 x EuroHockey Nations Championship Silver medallist
  • 5 x EuroHockey Nations Championship Bronze medallist
  • 1 x Champions Challenge winner
  • 1 x Champions Challenge Bronze medallist
  • 1 x World Cup Bronze medallist
  • 1 x Champions Trophy Silver medallist
  • 1 x Champions Trophy Bronze medallist
  • 1 x European Indoor Championship Silver medallist