Well known academic and award winning co-author, with Carlo Ancelotti, of their book Quiet Leadership, Professor Chris Brady is the Course lead of the VSI MSc Sporting Directors Course at The Centre for Sports Business at the University of Salford.

Professor Chris Brady

“One of the most well-known and innovative business school professors in the UK”.

Financial Times

Professor Chris Brady has had a varied working life ranging from a line-worker at Chrysler in Detroit to managing a bookmaker’s shop, from a land surveyor to a semi-professional footballer, from a naval officer to a management consultant. Currently he is Professor of Management Studies and Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford University. Prior to these roles he was as the Dean of BPP Business School; Dean of the Business School at Bournemouth University and Deputy Dean responsible for external affairs and business development at the Cass Business School in the City of London. Professor Brady also served in the Royal Navy for 16 years including appointments in the joint HQ intelligence cells during the first Gulf War and the Balkans crises.

He is the author of books and articles on subjects as varied as US foreign policy, British Cabinet government and business. Most recently he has co-authored the award winning book Quiet Leadership with Carlo Ancelotti. Previously his books include the best-selling The 90 Minute Manager. He has also written on specific business issues in The Extra Mile, which deals with employee engagement, and Intelligent M&A, an analysis of the intelligence function within the M&A process.

Professor Brady is an independent commissioner on the Football Association’s Football Regulatory Authority and also contributes a business module to the Football Association’s UEFA pro-licence management course. He has played, coached and managed football semi-professionally throughout his working life. During his time in the Royal Navy he was the head coach of the national military football team. Professor Brady has also been qualified as a coach in tennis, squash and trampoline and admits that his only real interests are movies and sports.