Catherine Spencer

Former International England Rugby Captain

CEO and Founder of Inspiring Women

Author of ‘Mud, Maul, Mascara’

Catherine has undertaken a number of different media engagements including studio pundit and commentary work for a range of broadcasters including Sky Sports and the BBC; in 2017 she commentated on the Women’s Rugby World Cup with ITV which attracted record breaking viewer figures. Catherine has written published articles for the Independent on Sunday, the Sunday Times and the Guardian and has written regular columns for the popular weekly Rugby Paper.

Catherine retired from International rugby in 2011 following a very successful career. Following her first cap in 2004 Catherine went on to win 63 caps for England, score 18 times for her country and captain the team for over 3 years. Catherine took part in 8 Six Nations competitions winning 6 of 8 and captained her team to 3 championship titles. Catherine also led her country to a European cup title, 2 Nations Cup tournament victories and led England to the World Cup final held on home soil in England in 2010. England lost narrowly to New Zealand 13 points to 10 however the home World Cup shot Women’s Rugby in to the limelight and their media presence escalated. As captain, Catherine was at the forefront of this and thrived as a leader throughout this time.

Catherine is Patron of the charity Tag Rugby Trust; a charity that she has been involved with since 2007 which works across a number of developing countries with the aim to “Build futures through rugby”. She feels passionately about helping to develop communities around the world using rugby as tool. Most recently Catherine and TRT are building their Female Inspiration through Rugby or FITR programme.

Catherine’s story demonstrates clearly her steps towards success and highlights her focus and determination to improve and reach higher levels throughout her sporting career and beyond. Catherine grew as a leader throughout her time as Captain and offers some great insights into developing captaincy and leadership skills in a team setting. Her experiences of managing retirement from sport and taking the step to develop a new business as well as dealing with perceived failures adds a very real and honest focus to her delivery.
Catherine gained her CIPD HR Management level 5 qualification in September 2018 as well as receiving an Honorary Doctorate from Canterbury Christchurch University in the same year; she had a baby in 2019 and her own book is due to be published in February 2020. Always looking for the next challenge Catherine brings this mindset and message to her talks; that it does not matter if we don’t know where our end point is – as long as we look around, look forward and look up.


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