Mike Forde


Former Director of Football Operations at Chelsea FC, Mike Forde worked under Roman Abramovich during the early periods of the Chelsea revolution. Now he is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading sports executives, working at the forefront of innovation and achieving high performance. Mike Forde is an experienced and exciting keynote and football speaker who holds a wealth of knowledge and experience.

During his time at Chelsea FC, Forde oversaw all areas of performance and team operations with regards to the first team; including recruitment, medical, sport science, psychology and performance analysis. Although his methods were under close scrutiny from all stakeholders in the club, Forde persevered and was ultimately responsible for the greatest era in Chelsea FC history. Throughout his 6 years tenure, Chelsea was ferociously successful in all competitions inlcuding: Champions League, Europe League, Premier League, and three FA Cups. This cemented them as one of the most proficient and feared teams within England and Europe.

Prior to joining Chelsea, Forde helped Bolton Wanderers FC to four consecutive top six finishes within the Premier League, breaking a 100 year old club record. As well as previously holding roles with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Wimbledon, Forde is currently involved with the San Antonio Spurs NBA basketball team as well as McLaren’s F1 team.

An accredited sports speaker, he has an unrivaled wealth of experience and success which sets him apart from his nearest rivals; creative and inventive yet reliable and trustworthy. He has spoken at a number of high profile events for top sporting clubs in the UK and United States, as well as transferring his sporting successes into appropriate business speeches. To date, he has given inspiring talks at businesses such as: Bemis Company Inc, Nimble Storage, and Citizens Bank Wealth Management, linking his message to the framework for a high performing individual.

A formidable after dinner speaker with experiences and success within high performance sport, Mike Forde’s credibility as a keynote speaker is exceptional. His addition to any conference or event will elevate its status with Forde ensuring that he captivates the audience and delivers his success story in an attempt to inspire and motivate.

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

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

  • Football Speaker
  • Sports Executive
  • Achieving High Performance
  • Maximising Success
  • Leadership
  • Motivational and Inspirational
  • Developing High Performers

Get a glimpse of Mike in action below:

Read what people had to say about Mike attending their events:

“Mike brought an attention grabbing, motivational message about high performance, mind set and team collaboration – all wrapped around personal accountability. His message received rave reviews from our conference participantsJohn Bahnken, President of Citizens Bank Wealth Management

“Mike did a great job at our sales kickoff event. He related well to an international audience, was able to provide interesting stories, and linked his message to several frameworks for high performing individuals and teams” – Janet Matsuda, Nimble Storage

“From the start, Mike was completely engaged with our leadership team to understand our business and make sure his message was on point. Mike went out of his way to really understand some of the people in the organization and the challenges we face. During his talk, Mike did a great job connecting to the audience and linking his experiences to those we have in our business today. A winning guy and a winning day to help make us a winning team”William E. Jackson, Senior VP and CTO of Bemis Company Inc

“Mike spoke at our Deals Summit ‘High Performing Talent’ event in January of this year. His topic on building a winning culture and developing high performing talent was a great success and real hit with the 900 strong audience of senior partners and leaders within the business. His engaging style and content, combined with his rich experiences from the very highest level of world sport left a very lasting impression on the strategy and people within our business”Martyn Curragh, PwC US CFO