Sir Andrew Strauss is one of England’s greatest ever cricketers who captained his country to some of its most historic victories. Over the course of his successful career, Andrew represented England on over 200 occasions scoring more than 11,000 runs in his role as an opening batsman. Hanging up his pads in 2012, Andrew has had to cope with the devastating loss of his wife Ruth to cancer. In his capacity as a mental health speaker, Andrew can discuss how he dealt with this grief as well as the demands placed upon him in his sporting career and pressure from the public eye. Such experiences have equipped Andrew to share his strategies for mental resilience and open the discussion surrounding men’s mental health.
Andrew was named England captain in 2009 but he’d seen success prior to that playing a key role in the side’s historic Ashes win in 2005. If 2005 was the year that cricket came home, under Andrew’s tenure it stayed for good. In 2009 and 2011 Andrew captained the team to their first back-to-back Ashes victories since the 80s and becoming only the third man to ever do this. Alongside his international career, he represented Middlesex for 14 years. After retiring Andrew remained active in the sport taking on a new role at the ECB as England’s Director of Cricket. This role saw him in charge of making important strategic decisions relating to the team. In 2019 he was knighted by the Queen recognising his services to cricket.
Born in South Africa before moving to the UK as a child Andrew was always a talented sportsman excelling in rugby and of course cricket. After representing the University of Durham where he studied economics, he was noticed by Middlesex and offered a contract in the late 90s. At his speaking events, he is able to outline how he made the leap from university cricket to performing on the international stage.
Recently Andrew has created the Ruth Strauss Foundation which supports bereaved family members who have lost loved ones to cancer. When booked as a mental health speaker Andrew regularly uses his own devastating experiences to encourage others to open up and speak about their mental health.
“I just wanted to say thank you for your presentation at our management conference and also for staying around for ‘Escape the Box’. It was a really interesting presentation and it certainly reinforced quite a few things for me that I know we’ve not been good at which includes the constant checking/measurement against your strategic objectives. From a personal point of view I was very interested in the ongoing efforts to make sure we are meeting all our targets in advance of next year and the importance of certain measures. I also did a fair amount of checking with our international colleagues during the rest of the day and night and they were all very complimentary and didn’t at all feel a lack of understanding of cricket hindered their enjoyment of your presentation. Thanks again.”
“Andrew was absolutely outstanding. He did a great job, thanks for all your help”