Colin Jackson CBE

Colin Jackson CBE

Colin Jackson is often described as “one of the greatest athletes never to win an Olympic gold medal”.

His down-to-earth, friendly, yet professional approach, combined with his high-profile means he is in constant demand for event speaking and hosting. He works alongside the commercial, public and private sectors, as well as with charitable organisations, speaking about his athletic career and personal challenges.

Colin Jackson is a confident and charismatic host and highly motivational speaker, and he now uses his first-hand experiences to support the LGBTQ+ community, making him an in-demand speaker on diversity and inclusion.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book former Team GB Olympic athlete and motivational speaker Colin Jackson for your next event.

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A huge thank you for being such a superb host for our National Training Award events. You hit just the right note, made the winners feel special and brought your own personal energy and enthusiasm to all the events. We were also delighted that our own skills development journey mirrored our aims and objectives so well. Thank you.
National Training & UK Skills Awards

Colin was absolutely fantastic and both the clients & attendees loved him. I would definitely recommend him to others.
IMS Health

Colin Jackson was engaged to speak on behalf of Invest NI at three different business events as part of a week-long initiative targeting entrepreneurs. His engaging account of the highs and lows of an international athletics career had the audience at each event hanging on his every word. Colin does not just deliver an inspirational story, his interaction with the audience following his talk was superb.
Invest NI

The delivery and content of his presentation was excellent. I have rarely, if ever, met anyone who is so generous with his time with every single person he meets. He has that rare ability to make each one feel so special. Nothing is too much for Colin; his rapport with both children and adults is obvious from the moment he arrives.
Herts Youth Games Association

Please can you pass back to Colin huge thanks for speaking at and essentially hosting our event. He was fantastic and couldn’t have been nicer – he spoke to, and had photos with hordes of people after the event. He’s definitely a world champion speaker as well as a world champion athlete. His talk and Q&A session were absolutely gripping, fit the brief perfectly and left everyone feeling really inspired to reach for the things that really matter to us, turn mistakes and obstacles into stepping stones and put our whole selves into whatever we are trying to achieve. I found myself wishing I had means of taking notes! We’re all still buzzing.
Sophia, Dentons

I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday.  Colin was fantastic and I really appreciate him arriving on time, being fully briefed and ready to go. We had some really positive feedback on his speech from students, guests, tutors and our VIPs so please pass on our thanks.
Manchester College

The event went really well, Colin was amazing, really interesting, entertaining and funny and such a nice guy from the very moment he arrived.
Tina Paisley, The Exeter Foundation 

Colin Jackson was the perfect addition to our business event. He was extremely engaging, lovely to talk to and interacted with all our delegates following his keynote. Would highly recommend him as a speaker for any event!
Helen Brady, Event Manager, Events Northern

Colin was brilliant!! The feedback from people who have been before was he is the best speaker we have ever had at the event.. and as you know we have had some good ones over the years!!! Nothing was too much trouble… and we can’t thank him enough for all his help with the event. Also thank you to you and your team there for all the support.
Tamzin, Wiltshire Council 

I just wanted to let you know that yesterday went very well. Colin was as engaging as we had hoped. Colin handled the questions excellently and was very open while maintaining professionalism. The talk was absorbing and while Colin would have clearly delivered it before, he came across very naturally and engaged with us. Some great insights.
Georgina, Head of HR at ATP Media

His talk was delivered with humour and charisma. An outstanding inspirational and motivational speaker who captivated his audience.
The Cabinet Office

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