Paul McVeigh – Keynote Speaker

Premier League Footballer & Expert in Elite Performance

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Specialist Subjects

  • Psychology of Teamwork
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Psychology of Leadership


  • English


Paul McVeigh is a Performance Psychologist and previously played professional football for nearly 20 years in the English Premier League. He has competed with and against some of the best players in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Paul Scholes, David Ginola, Jurgen Klinsmann and Zlatan Ibrahimović. These tacit lessons have elevated Paul’s understanding of what it takes to be an elite performer on a global scale.

Very few people have the unique insights of what it takes to be an elite athlete in the number one sport in the world and, yet unlike lots of other speakers, Paul’s credibility comes from the unique combination of reaching the pinnacle of elite sport as well as being the first English Premier League player to qualify with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Paul’s Irish charm allows him to engage his audiences through his natural storytelling ability, combined with his psychological framework that originated from growing up during ‘The Troubles’ of the 1970s & 80s in war-torn Belfast, Ireland alongside the mental strategies he implemented performing under the intense scrutiny of 75,000 fans across the world. He is also an established broadcaster on TV and radio with the BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport, and a published author with Bloomsbury of the ironically entitled book ‘The Stupid Footballer is Dead’.

Paul’s desire to continuously evolve and improve has led to him, and his world-class team of elite performers, delivering numerous leadership programs to the executive committees and SLTs of multi-nationals that showcases the mindset of world champions and transposes it into a methodology required to elevate the performance of leaders and teams. He has recently worked with Rolls Royce, PWC, Grant Thornton, Aviva, Barclays, KPMG, Accenture, Deutsche Bank, Invesco, Swiss Reinsurance, Nat West, Cisco, Microsoft, Volvo, Investec, NHS, BT, GlaxoSmithKline and many more.

In these programs, Paul is able to bring together a collection of the best thought leaders in the world to unlock the latent potential that we all have as leaders.

Popular Talks by Paul McVeigh

Psychology of Teamwork

The highest-performing teams on the planet share an ethos that is consistent, tangible and methodical. Understanding what is required from each other is crucial to success. Building upon our tried and tested P.A.C.E. (Performance, Accountability, Confidence & Execution) framework, helps each team player engage and flourish to develop them as people and business leaders. I use insights from my experience to help cultivate an elite performance environment.

Psychology of Performance

Performance involves numerous, multi-faceted principles that can be broken down to measure progress. Many top organisations consistently work on the technical component and yet, the psychological approach is invariably the biggest differential between proposed objectives and actual outcomes. I use my expertise to engage your staff to consciously improve their mental performance.

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