Charlie Martin

Charlie Martin Racing driver & LGBTQ+ Activist


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Charlie Martin's Biography

Charlie Martin is a professional racing driver and LGBTQ+ activist, in 2022 she finished2nd in the North American Lamborghini Cup. She made history as the first ever transgender driver to compete in the legendary Nürburgring 24hr race (2020 / BMWM240i) and is a BMW Friend of the Brand.

Starting out with £1,500 from a summer job post university and a can do attitude, she has overcome huge adversity to succeed in motorsport as her true self. She is a Stonewall Sports Champion and works as a public speaker outside of racing, helping organisations improve their commitment to inclusion by creating greater awareness and acceptance for the trans community. Clients include Google, Microsoft, Adidas, AON, O2, GSK, ASOS,3M, Meta & BMW.

Charlie featured in the Vogue 25, British Vogue Magazine’s celebration of inspiring women shaping the world in 2021 and beyond.

She was also included in the Pride Power list, OUT Magazine 100 & Attitude 101.She is a keen trail runner, surfer and snowboarder, and adventure sports lover. She’s also a Ninja Warrior UK semi-finalist, beating the wall first time.

Charlie Martin 2024 Speech Titles Charlie Martin 2024 Speech Titles

  • Unlocking your potential - why being your authentic self is key to success in life & business
  • Managing change and achieving your goals, seeing opportunities to grow & improve
  • How she became a pro-racing driver without any family history of motorsport
  • Overcoming adversity - transitioning in a hyper masculine sport
  • Becoming an effective ally to the LGBTQ+ community

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Charlie Martin testimonials

Sean Holmes

Chairperson, BMW Group UK PRIDE

harlie brought an amazingly authentic and engaging approach to telling her story and this has proven inspiring to many in attendance, with the programme being rated as “highly recommended” by 93% of attendees. We would wholeheartedly recommend working with Charlie and hope to do so again in the future.



Charlie was great, her story was really insightful, inspiring, very engaging and she delivered it with poise and emotion. Amazingly insightful and extremely powerful presentation. Huge respect to Charlie said the attendees - Great way to celebrate International Women's Day.

Crispin Burridge

LGBTQ Affinity Network Chair, Kingfisher Plc

Rarely do you get to hear such an inspirational and motivational speaker. Charlie’s presentation was empowering and thought provoking and generated so much positive debate across the community and our allies

Gary Moreline

UK Channel Sales, Google

Charlie's bravery was an inspiration, her transparency & openness to questions and our respectful curiosity made the session truly valuable for the entire team.

Brian McNamara

CEO Consuner Healthcare, GSK

I thought the session was fantastic and very inspirational, a great story of being your authentic self and not only overcoming challenges but flourishing.

Katherine Conway

Head of diversity & inclusion, AON

If there is anyone to inspire you to follow your dreams with passion & determination, it’s Charlie

Jo Bertram

O2 Executive Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion, Telefónica UK

Charlie was incredibly open and honest about her journey. She brought to life the importance of being able to be your fullself at work and the performance gains achieved as a result. The feedback we had from our audience across the LGBT+community and allies was incredibly positive, and she’s certainly left a lasting impression on our organisation.

Mat Moakes

CEO, Heycar UK

Charlie is a true inspiration. She shared a very human and personal story that was both inspiration and thoughprovoking. It challenged us on so many levels and helped develop our team’s thinking about how they make everyone in our organisation feel included, welcome and awesome.

Daniel Morgan

Europe Business Product Steward / Automotive Aftermarket Division, 3M PLC

I wanted to say thank you for the excellent talk. The feedback received has been extremely positive and has shone a positive light on trans awareness.



Charlie was great, her story was really insightful, inspiring, very engaging and she delivered it with poise and emotion. Amazingly insightful and extremely powerful presentation. Huge respect to Charlie said the attendees - Great way to celebrate International Women's Day.

Lara McLeod

Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader, Axon

A HUGE thanks to Charlie Martin for speaking to our Axon employees this week. Her story and words of wisdom reminded us all of the importance of allyship and inclusion so that we may share our authentic selves, receive acceptance in return, and unlock potential we never knew existed.

Irfan H Latif

Principal, DLD College

Charlie was an inspirational speaker – our students hung on to her every word. She was assured, eloquent and talked passionately about her journey. Charlie made a huge impression on our staff and students.


Festival of Learning

We’ve received some amazing and highly positive feedback, Engagement across the business was 96% for #ASOSFOL, which we wouldn’t have been able to achieve without you being part of it.

Kevin Down

Head of design & creative, Simply Business

I just wanted to reach out and thank you for joining us on Thursday. I was blown away by your story, all you've accomplished,and how deftly you responded to the Q&A. I also heard from a number of SBers that you were one of the most inspiringspeakers we've ever had – which I certainly agreed with. We so appreciated having you with us !

Ross Barrand

Deputy Head, Roedean School

I am writing to thank you for your fantastic contribution to last week’s IWD festival at Roedean. As I suspected, the girls wereabsolutely intrigued by what you were talking about, and you have definitely piqued their interest. They loved hearing allabout your racing, and about your work to improve LGBT visibility and understanding in sport.Thank you again for your talk, and also for the work that went into it, but more importantly for inspiring some of our students, which is the fundamental aim of the day.

Sarah Marsden

Head of Legal UK, CMS

Charlie was fantastic and the feedback has been great! We’ve had lovely emails from CMS colleagues whoattended as well. We would like to wish Charlie all the success in the world and we are great supporters of her. I’m sure there will be opportunities to work with Charlie in the future.

Simon Grace

VP People Services, Trimble

As executive sponsor of Trimble's LGBTQ+ ERN, I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you. Your talkwas so inspirational and powerful. The sharing of stories like yours lifts our community in ways I can't describe!

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