Lawrie McMenemy MBE, President


Lawrie McMenemy is most famously known as Manager of Southampton Football Club during their most successful period in history, guiding his team to FA Cup victory in 1976 against Manchester United. As Southampton Manager, Lawrie also introduced an enhanced youth development policy. Graduates of this programme include England internationals Mark Wright, Mathew Le Tissier and Alan Shearer.

Although still very much involved in football, Lawrie is also now a sought-after public speaker, specialising in management motivation. He has addressed this theme at conferences for numerous corporations, including Reuters, Hewlett Packard, Sema Group, Lloyds Bank, IBM, The Royal Mail and Kwik-Fit. Lawrie has appeared on The Michael Parkinson Show, Wogan and Call My Bluff and has written two books, Diary of a Season and Lawrie McMenemy’s Book of Soccer.

Lawrie was appointed Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain in 2004. He was awarded an MBE Honours by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 and was made a Freeman of the City of Southampton in 2007. Lawrie is an Ambassador for the Football Association, President of Age Concern, Hampshire, and also supports the Alzheimer's Society and the Hampshire Autistic Society.

As well as serving as President and former Chairman of our Board of Directors from 2004 until 2010, Lawrie is highly regarded Ambassador for Special Olympics GB.