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Richard McCann


Richard McCann – Inspirational & Motivational Speaker & Author

Richard McCann is an inspirational, powerful and moving motivational speaker, and founder of the ICan Academy designed to help ignite people’s mindsets and allow them to grow, develop and become more successful

Born into poverty on a tough council estate in Leeds, England, he was placed on the “At-risk” register before he could walk and talk. Then, just one week before his sixth birthday, his mother was tragically taken from him when she became the first victim of a man who would go on to become one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers, Peter Sutcliffe.

What followed was foster parents, time in a care home, and then a deprived childhood living with his often violent and drunken father. Richard eventually left school with no qualifications and very little self-esteem. After stumbling from one mistake after another, he fell into petty crime and this led to a stint in the same prison as his mother’s killer! When he was released, he had few prospects and entered a suicide pact with one of his sisters. He had reached his rock bottom.

It was at this point, Richard started to turn his life around and develop an ICan attitude and philosophy that led him to become a Sunday Times No1 Best Selling author whose first book, Just a Boy, made sales of almost half a million in the UK alone and was translated into more than 10 different languages.

Richard McCann is now an internationally recognised professional speaker and has delivered over 2500 keynotes globally. Whether you want to inject an iCan attitude into your sales force or help your workforce to embrace change and overcome challenges, Richard knows how to engage with an audience and change their mindsets from the inside out.


Richard McCann is an exceptional communicator whose ability to inspire an iCan attitude is guaranteed to give your people the iCan approach. Not only does Richard live and breathe the iCan philosophy, but has helped thousands of people in the business, corporate, community and education worlds to change the way people think – and act.

As a highly versatile and experienced speaker, Richard can adapt his keynotes and other presentations to meet the objectives of his clients but coves subjects such as –

  • Embracing Change and Adapting to new Opportunities
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • ICan – Belief in Yourself – Take Responsibility
  • How to Create a Positive Mindset
  • ICan Present (Masterclass in the art of speaking)

Richard can easily tailior his material to specific audiences and has created specific presentations for a number of clients in the Healthcare, Charities and Education sector.


Mental Health
Overcoming Adversity


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.