Penny Mallory

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Rally Driver & High Performance Expert

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The ex-rally champion’s career has taken in stunt driving and Top Gear. She’s also faced her own fears in a boxing ring with gold medallist Nicola Adams, run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. Penny considers the nature of high performance, the mindsets that hold people back and transformational leadership.


Former broadcaster, rally and stunt driver, Penny Mallory is a writer and expert on the psychology of success and high-performance teams. She is the author of World Class Thinking, World Class Behaviour and Take Control of Your Life, both of which analyse resilient mindsets and the development of flexible thinking when faced with failure.

With a love of cars from a young age, Penny always wanted to be involved in motorsport. However, a difficult period in her life saw her dropping out of school, homeless, and in a self-destructive cycle of alcohol and bad choices. With determination and resilience, Penny forced herself to turn things around. She returned to her love of cars, raised sponsorship, and started to work her way up the rallying ranks. She started winning regional races and then set her sights on the world stage. After only four years of racing Penny became National Ladies Champion and went on to become the first woman to drive in the World Rally Car classification. Alongside her motor-sporting career, she went on to present motoring programs for the BBC and Channel 4, including Top Gear Motorsport.

In perfecting the art of psychologically-powered performance, Penny combines personal stories of self-belief and overcoming some of the bleakest challenges with practical insights in to achievement. Drawing on her own experience, Penny tackles cultures of high-performance, leadership, motivation and teamwork. She also discusses the power of creative thinking and embracing change, for both individual transformation and business innovation. Penny has spoken for, amongst many others, Coca-Cola, Sony, Proctor & Gamble, Volkswagen, Volvo and Jaguar.

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Conference Speaker Penny Mallory on Overcoming Adversity

Mallory on the psychology of success


An introduction