Sir Richard Hadlee MBE


New Zealand cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee MBE has been voted one of the greatest cricketers of all time, his commitment to the sport, leading and inspiring young sports people and working as a specialist cricket speaker. With thirteen years playing for his home team, the Canterbury Wizards Sir Richard was easily one of the most well-known cricket speakers and players of the 1980’s.

His highly publicized career, prolific after dinner speaker commitments and national coaching support marked him as both an icon and idol for New Zealand cricket fans. Whilst his long run at Nottingham Cricket Club also helped to make him a popular name in the UK, extending his sports speaker commitments onto a global level.

Inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009 Sir Richard Hadlee MBE played a part in a number of successful New Zealand Test Matches against England throughout the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s; most notably the historic first win garnered by the team in 1978. In his work as a cricket speaker Sir Richard reminisces fondly of his experience as a player on both a domestic and international level and shares captivating insights into the changes and developments taking place in cricket during this renowned era.

Sir Richard’s contributions to cricket and his work as a sports speaker were recognized early on in his career when in 1980 he was awarded an MBE in 1980 and a Knighthood ten years later. Now a dedicated after dinner speaker Sir Richard Hadlee MBE works tirelessly to help encourage and develop young sports men and women, his charitable fund, the Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust providing underprivileged young people with an opportunity to pursue the sporting or cultural ventures they love but might otherwise not be able to take part in because of some hard ship they face.

To book Sir Richard for your event, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Sir Richard is known to cover the following topics:

  • Cricket Speaker
  • International Cricket
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity

Get to know Sir Richard more in the video below:

See what people had to say about Sir Richard as a speaker:

“Many of the members of the audience were simply in awe of being in the presence of one of New Zealand’s great sporting heroes. Everyone was delighted with your down to earth approach to your success and the challenges which you have met along the way. Your comments and achievements were an inspiration to all.” – McKenzie Bartleet & Co