Penny Mallory is one of the most successful women Rally Drivers and the first woman in the world to compete in a World Rally Car (the Formula 1 of Rallying). As a motoring expert, she has presented many high profile TV shows including the hugely successful Channel 4 show ‘Driven’, ‘World Rally Championship’, ‘The Used Car Roadshow’, ‘Accident Blackspots’, Discovery’s ‘Classic Car Club’, and‘The Road Show’ amongst many others.
She consults as a Performance Coach and consults with large organisations, world class teams (including Formula 1) and individuals on their attitude, approach and mental performance. Penny also hosts workshops focusing on mental approach, team work, communication and performance.
Penny has an excellent reputation for inspiring people, through speeches, break-out sessions, workshops and her consultancy is in great demand across the UK and Europe.
As a sought-after Motivational Speaker, Penny shares the ups and downs of her story from 'homeless waster' to 'Rally Champion', inspiring audiences to achieve greater things for themselves. Despite being told she was the ‘wrong sex’ and ‘too old’, she achieved her life long dream of being a Rally Driver. Her unique and inspirational story shows there is no limit to what you can achieve with will determination, focus and commitment.
The story started when Penny was just fourteen. Leaving home and never to return, she found herself in London, seeking a better life, but spent nearly 2 years in homeless hostels. As Penny’s life was by now completely out of control, she realised that she alone could take control of her life, and in time worked her way to becoming a sound engineer and a graphic artist. A chance event allowed her to realise a childhood dream of driving a rally car and she was hooked.
Despite being nearly 16 stone at one point in her life, Penny now takes her physical fitness very seriously and has completed 4 marathons, various hell runners and a Triathlon. She has entered the boxing ring for two fights, one opponent being Monica Galetti! She has also learnt to play polo and completed a successful ascent in 2008 of the tough North face of Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus, and more recently sumitted Mount Kilimanjiro.
In order to practice what she preaches, every year Penny pushes herself to achieve something she never thought she could. Her self-development book ‘Take Control of Your Life’ has received outstanding reviews, including one from Brian Ashton MBE (England’s Rugby Head Coach), and reached the #2 ranking in two Amazon categories.
"Penny has re-built my step daughter Gaby's confidence and helped her believe in herself and her ability. The experience has had an enormous impact not only on her driving but on her overall self confidence
Brian Ashton, Head Coach, England Rugby Team
Thank you for helping us launch our Digital Satellite services, your presenting was perfect for our prestige event.
Thank you for making such a positive contribution to our Design Show first night, you were a great success with staff and students, you hit just the right note.
Director, Coventry University
Penny was delightful to work with and did a great job of facilitating over our two day conference.
Life Insurance Association
We enjoyed working with Penny she was professional and did a good job of giving an entertaining talk at our customer evening.
Now I know what motivational' speaker means and you're it! You really helped launch our environmentally friendly vehicles; we were most impressed with your enthusiasm.
Head of Environment & Leisure, City of Westminster
Thank you so much for compering needles to tell you but you were excellent and your professionalism helped to bring our whole event together. Thank you to for doing such a great presenting job in our conference video.
Richard Banks, MD, Whole Sale Banking, Alliance & Leicester Plc