Lord Chris Holmes is a member of the House of Lords, an ex-Paralympic swimmer, and a proficient keynote speaker.
Awarded an MBE at age 20 for his services to swimming for disabled people, Chris was one of the UK’s most successful Paralympians, winning an astonishing 15 medals.
As well as his swimming awards, he has been named the Midlands Today Sports Personality of the Year, and Bass Midlander of the Year in 1992, was presented the SAF Paul Zetter Award in 1996, and was named Sports Personality of the Year Variety Club of GB in 1997.
A politician with more than a bit of varied life experience, Lord Chris Holmes has knowledge of elite sport, inclusion, wellbeing and the workplace, technology, and politics, and can offer an informative but entertaining keynote speech for all clients.
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Lord Chris Holmes was already a pretty good swimmer and was already hoping to represent his country. But at age 14, he suddenly went blind overnight due to the disorder Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy. Not wanting this to hinder his swimming opportunities, he joined a club in Birmingham, participating in the same training as sighted swimmers.
He ended up swimming for the GB team for 17 years and was the captain for five of them. He swam at the 1988 Seoul, 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, and 2000 Sydney games. He is now regarded as one of the UK’s greatest paralympic swimmers, with nine gold, five silver, and one bronze medal, as well as 10 European records, 12 GB records, and seven world records.
After retiring from competitive swimming, Chris worked as a journalist before switching to commercial law, specialising in employment, commercial and pension advice.
In 2009, he was appointed the Director of Paralympic Integration for the London 2012 games. Growing on his years of first-hand experience, he produced the first Paralympic games to sell out every single session, the first to achieve an audience in the hundreds of millions, and the first to have all sponsors sign for the Olympics and the Paralympics.
He has over two decades of experience in board roles for the Disability Rights Commission, UK Sport, UK Sports Institute, UK Sport Awards, Audit and Risk Committee, and Channel 4. He has also been a special advisor on diversity and inclusion to the civil service and is a Chancellor at BPP University.
He is passionate about helping others and is the patron or supporter of charities, including Guide Dogs, Help for Heroes, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
In 2013, Chris was named a life peer and took the title Baron Holmes of Richmond. He is an active member of the Lords, focussing on the impact of digital technology on society, employment, culture, education, media, sport, science, diversity and inclusion, disability, finance, emerging technology trends, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, and technology regulation.
Throughout his political career, he has sat on select committees for Digital Skills, Social Mobility, Financial Exclusion, Artificial Intelligence, Intergenerational Fairness and Provision, Democracy and Digital Technologies, and Science and Technology.
He has also sat as the co-chair of the parliamentary groups on topics including AI, Blockchain, Assistive Technology, Fintech and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Chris works with the House of Lords project, The Peers in Schools Programme. He undertakes many school visits to talk about the work of the House of Lords and to get more younger people involved in their work.
Chris’ experience, enthusiasm, and fascinating anecdotes make him a popular speaker for any keynote, after-dinner, conference, panel, or interview event.
– Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
– AI, Chat GPT, and Technology
– The Future of Work
– Work Post-Covid
– Humanity and Technology
– The Metaverse
– Overcoming Adversity
– Leadership and Team Building
– The Winning Mentality
– Crisis Management
– Succeeding as a Brand
– Human Rights
Lord Chris Holmes Keynote Talks
– Being the Leader of My Own Life
– Vulnerability as Standard
– Decisions as an Inclusive Process
– Thinking Differently, Delivering Decisively
– Working with the ‘Co-Bots’
– Making Hybrid Working Work for Everyone
Fantastic motivational speaker. I left feeling positive and energised.
An excellent session, Lord Holmes was very inspiring and an engaging speaker. The best session I have attended.
Witty and on point. We were delighted that he could speak at our event.
Everything went great during our call with Lord Chris Holmes. The team really enjoyed his vibrant personality and his storytelling.
A banking superhero.
[The House of Lords] is also the workspace of one of the most prominent champions of this industry, Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE – a peer who hasn’t just been singing the hymns of FinTech for years, he’s been writing the damned tunes as well. And if his name is familiar to you, he also happens to be a Crypto AM columnist and regular speaker at our events.