Ben Cohen MBE


LGBT+ rights advocate and former rugby union player, Ben Cohen MBE is an English after dinner speaker whose range of topics make him a popular choice nationwide. After starting his professional career in 1996 with the Northampton Saints, he went on to represent his country internationally as a winger. Since his retirement, Ben has turned his attention to promoting equal rights and combating bullying by raising his voice at business and sporting events.

In his early career, Ben started playing rugby with Northampton Old Scouts FRC at the age of 12. As Ben only has 30% to 33% of his hearing ability in each ear, he dedicated his time to increasing sports accessibility for younger deaf players, starting in his youth to the present day. As a passion of Ben’s, he discusses topics on accessibility in his public speaking, to raise awareness for the sometimes limiting nature of sport.

While playing for the Northampton Saints from the age of 17, the 1996 and 1997 season saw Ben debut against Treorchy. After such a successful season, he went on to feature prominently in the following seasons. The pinnacle point during this period was Northampton’s victory over Munster in the 2000 Heineken Cup Final.

At the height of his active playing career, Ben established himself as a key player. Such highlights include representing France from 2007 to 2009 and England from 2009. During the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Ben made a name for himself as a formidable player, which resulted in the England national team winning the title.

As an advocate for victims of bullying, Ben is an icon for young LGBT+ players nationwide. After witnessing the damaging effects of homophobic abuse, he set up The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which is “the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it”. Ben invests a great portion of his time into the foundation.

As an after-dinner speaker, Ben is one of the most authentic, dedicated speakers on offer. This inspirational figure is an expert in overcoming adversity, peak performance and the pressure of elite sport, topics which he frequently explores in his presentations.

To book Ben Cohen as the rugby speaker for your corporate event, conference or function simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

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

  • Rugby Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Inspirational speaker
  • Peak Performance speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity

Watch Ben in an interview with CNN:

Take a look at what people had to say about Ben as an after dinner speaker:

“From my point of view, Ben was fantastic – he was prompt, polite and a great speaker.” Laura Coate, McDonald butler

“Wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and information last week, the event was a great success! I look forward to working together again in the future!”Gabriella, Red Consultancy