Clarke Carlisle is a radio and television presenter and former professional footballer. He has authored two documentaries, Football’s Suicide Secret and the critically acclaimed BBC documentary Is Football Racist? and wrote a book about his career, A Footballer’s Life.
Retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 season after making over 500 appearances at senior level and leading the football players’ union, Clarke is widely regarded as one of the most eloquent professional footballers.
He was the first current professional footballer to appear on the BBC’s Question Time and can also claim to have won Britain’s brainiest footballer in addition to appearing on three episodes of Channel 4 quiz programme, Countdown.
Clarke has experienced the very highs of professional sport. He has won promotion with both Blackpool and Burnley, represented his country and has played at the home of English football Wembley Stadium. However, in 2001 Clarke suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury which sidelined him for a year, nearly ending his career.
Clarke Carlisle is an ambassador for the mental health charity Mind and the Premier League Kick It Out Campaign which promotes inclusion and equality in football.
He is an excellent, highly sought-after, motivational keynote speaker and event host and a candid, inspiring speaker in the area of mental health and workplace well-being.