"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:

2018, 2017 & 2016 – Featured in Power 100 list, recognising Britain’s most influential people 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 – 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 disease 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 inspirational business speaker. He has built an enviable list of clients, providing tailored conference keynotes to both private and public sector organisations including Roche, Standard Life and Shell to HMRC, NHS England and the Met Police. 

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 also used his Arctic and Antarctic exploits as a launch pad for The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), a multi award-winning national charity, rooted in family values, delivering transformational experiences in the UK, called Muscle Dreams for children with muscular dystrophy.


As someone with muscular dystrophy (a deteriorative muscle wasting condition), Michael shares his journey and life lessons using powerful visuals and film, helping to inspire, motivate and transform the way his audiences think.

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


Michael is a regular contributor to reviews and articles for various specialist sector magazines and online resources. Topics include his life, experiences in business and first-hand knowledge of the third sector.


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.


Alongside his professional writing skills, Michael is increasingly being invited to share his views and perspectives on a variety of topical subjects across social media for a number of brands.


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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