Michelle Carney

Michelle Carney
Chief Executive Officer

Michelle's role is to work with the team and the Board of Trustees to develop a strong and robust organisation which transforms lives for more people with an intellectual disability.

Michelle plays a key role in working with SO Europe/Eurasia and SO International to increase our brand profile here in Great Britain and to open more doors and more resources.

Ultimately, Michelle's role is to empower and influence. She is passionate about creating environments which give our athletes a voice and a platform to change perceptions of intellectual disability.

Michelle has had a varied career and has worked in the UK, USA, Australia and Africa. Her early career was in developing sport for disabled people.  She has worked at CEO/Director level since 2002, leading a number of grass roots sports partnerships and organisations. Michelle has worked in the commercial sector, professional sport, international development and international sport for development.

Michelle is passionate about leadership and transformation and has an MSc in Leadership & Organisational Change. She is also passionate about empowering others and coaches and mentors many young aspiring leaders across the globe.

Favourite quote - “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Teddy Roosevelt

Role model - My dad

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