"Michael is an inspiration"

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Michael McGrath is an inspirational speaker, successful business leader and a catalyst for real and lasting change. Characterised by his energy, charisma and motivation, Michael can unleash potential, stimulating organisational success, inspiring and moving people to a place of action.



Michael has received recognition and awards for his work in business, his charity and his record-breaking polar adventures. Recent accolades include:

2019 – Recognised in Power 100 (4th consecutive year) as one of Britain’s most influential people with a disability

2019 – Presented The Big Heart Award by The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE at the Heart (Radio) Hertfordshire 2019 Hero Awards

2019 – Appointed to represent the Crown as a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) in Hertfordshire, a voluntary role

2018 – Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts (University of Hertfordshire) in recognition of his motivational & inspirational work for persons with a disability

2016 – Inspiring Communicator National Award

2015 – Winner of ‘Unsung Hero’ Hertfordshire and Essex Mercury and Observer Community Awards 2015

2016, 2015 & 2013 - Michael’s charity The Muscle Help Foundation - Winner of the prestigious ‘Inspiring Herts’ Award for Best Social Enterprise of the Year

2012 – Nominated via the Sainsbury’s campaign, selected as one of the Paralympic Torchbearers proudly carrying the flame on one of its final legs to the Olympic Stadium

2004 – Recognised by the Queen for his 'contribution to national life' at Buckingham Palace and included in the 2004 Christmas Day broadcast to the nation by Her Majesty reinforcing diversity as a strength


After being diagnosed with the muscle wasting condition Muscular Dystrophy (MD) aged just 18yrs in 1984, Michael made history 20 years later by becoming the first disabled person to lead expeditions to the North and South Poles.

The journey gave rise to a new life plan, inspiring Michael to embark on a career as a sought after speaker, engaging and motivating teams to ultimately improve performance.

He has built an enviable list of clients, providing bespoke keynotes to both private and public sector organisations including Roche, Standard Life, Shell, HMRC, over 16 NHS Trusts, Ashurst, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and the Met Police as well as academic institutions, colleges, special schools and other places of learning. 

Leadership, courage and trust combined with resolute self-belief, confidence, teamwork and a singularly focused obsession towards achieving desired outcomes were critical success factors – Michael draws on these experiences, giving wider business and life lessons.

Michael used his Arctic and Antarctic exploits as a launch pad for The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), a multi award-winning national charity, delivering transformational experiences in the UK, called Muscle Dreams for children with muscular dystrophy. The charity’s impact is being felt across the UK – from improved confidence, greater self-esteem, and an increased sense of hopefulness to a powerful shared identity that connects families together, giving hope but also an important platform to share knowledge, memories and establish lasting friendships. Affectionately known as the ‘Chief Muscle Warrior’, Michael personally hosts the delivery of every experience.


From keynotes to masterclasses, prevalent themes include leadership, resilience, change and risk. Through powerful story-telling, Michael reinforces key business messages in a unique way, using visuals and film, that inspire, motivate and transform behaviour.

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From hospitality to healthcare, disability to diversity, Michael works across multiple industry sectors to offer retained business consulting from three to twelve months, helping to bring real value and lasting change to the brands that he supports.


Michael is a regular contributor to reviews and articles for various specialist sector magazines and online resources. Drawing on his business, third-sector knowledge and life experiences, thought-leadership topics will inform, provoke and stimulate.


Michael’s distinctive voice appeals to clients looking for a natural voice over artist. His soft, warm tones and versatile character are delivered with energy, enthusiasm and authority. Have a conversation with Michael today and hear his engaging tone.


As a thought-leader and alongside his professional writing skills, Michael is often invited to share his views and perspectives on a variety of topical subjects across social media, from professional resilience and inspirational leadership to enablement and disability.


Michael gives his time to a number of executive / advisory board roles. He also provides expertise as a judge, both nationally and locally, bringing a balanced viewpoint underpinned by experience and sector insight.


“MICHAEL IS A fascinating speaker with great passion, clarity and a wonderful ability to engage an audience”

Nicole Bearne
Internal Communications Manager & Assistant to Paddy Lowe
Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team



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