Nigel Owens

Nigel Owens | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Nigel Owens | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Rugby Union Referee, Taboo Breaking LGBTQ+ Empowering And DEI Advocate
South Wales
Learn to navigate high-pressure decisions and foster inclusivity in leadership with Nigel Owens, speaker, esteemed rugby referee, and diversity advocate.

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LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Opening Up The Conversation
Nigel Owens MBE is recognised as one of the world’s best rugby referees and is the first openly gay man to come out in professional rugby. Awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2016, Owens is admired and beloved across the world. However, as his critically acclaimed and best-selling memoir “Half Time” recalls, Nigel’s career was almost over before it began, suffering eating disorders and a suicide attempt as he struggled to come to terms with his sexuality.

His bravery and campaigning work in equality, inclusiveness and mental health since has seen Nigel named ‘Gay Sports Personality of the Year’ and ‘Gay Sports Personality of the Decade’ by gay rights group Stonewall, awarded Honorary Doctorates at both Swansea and South Wales Universities and Honorary Fellowships at Cardiff University and Cardiff Met University.

Today Nigel shares his experiences to help open up the conversation around the LGBTQI+ community and how we can all be more inclusive.
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Nigel Owens | Speaker Biography

Nigel is a highly esteemed Welsh international rugby union referee, renowned worldwide for his expertise in the sport. Since his first appearance on the pitch in 1987, he has been at the forefront of Rugby Union, serving as the main referee for numerous matches. Nigel is often regarded as a beacon of calm amidst the chaos of the game, consistently making accurate decisions under immense pressure. His remarkable performance under such circumstances has paved the way for an impressive career. Moreover, Nigel's extensive experience has equipped him with valuable skills that he now employs to coach corporate leaders in making crucial decisions when it truly matters.

Nigel's influence extends beyond the realm of rugby and boardrooms. He is also recognized for his advocacy in LGBTQ+ and mental health issues, which is particularly noteworthy given the traditionally male-dominated nature of the sport. Nigel was among the first individuals in the history of rugby to openly come out as gay, making him a trailblazer in promoting inclusivity and diversity.

In addition to his role as a referee and coach, Nigel is a well-known television personality. He co-hosts the S4C Welsh language chat shows, Jonathan and Bwrw'r Bar ("Hit the Bar"), and also hosts his own quiz program, Munud i Fynd ("A Minute to Go").

If you aspire to learn the art of making critical decisions when they truly matter or wish to foster a more diverse culture within your business, Nigel is the person to turn to. With his extensive experience and expertise, he will undoubtedly help you elevate your game.

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