Paddy brings over 25-years of experience working with high-performing teams in business and sport, across multiple industries and on five continents.

His recent best-selling book, “The Barefoot Coach. Life-changing insights from coaching the world’s best cricketers” has been called ‘brilliant’, ‘insightful’, ‘one of the best books on man management and leadership’, and ‘a must for any coach or business leader’.

Some of his accomplishments include:

  • Helping lead the Indian Cricket Team to win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and to become the World’s No. 1 Test Team for their first time
  • As Performance Director, helping lead the South African Cricket Team to become the first to simultaneously hold the World No. 1 ranking in all three formats of the game
  • Head Coach of five different T20 teams in 12 tournaments across three major leagues, the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) and the Pakistan Super League (PSL)
  • Delivering over 250 keynote addresses in over 40 cities and five continents
  • Being mental coach to over 100 professional athletes from 11 sport codes and 11 countries
  • Coaching business executives and teams in leading corporations across most industries
  • Appointed as Professor of Practice at Deakin University Business School (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Four degrees from four different universities, including two Master’s degrees, in Sport Science and in Executive Coaching
  • Author of best-selling book, “The Barefoot Coach. Life-changing insights from coaching the world’s best cricketers”

Paddy does most of this to support his surfing and fishing habits.


Great presentation at the 2017 London Leadership Summit. It was humble, thought provoking and relevant to today’s business leaders.
Tom Bird, Author of Brilliant Selling

Europe’s best selling sales book

Paddy Upton’s presentation to the top 500 managers at ABFSG Day was a great success. It was wonderfully illuminating and was rated as relevant and valuable by 100% of the 500 delegates. Some said Paddy’s presentation changed their life.
Ajay Srinivasan

Aditya Birla Financial Services Group (India)

Well done on consistently staying the best scoring speaker at Mainstream. Watching the audience’s reactions during your presentations was priceless.
Marilu Snyders

Conference Producer

Paddy was able to bring the workshop to life in a practical and well-contextualised manner, enriched by his use of anecdotes. All participants rated the workshop very highly.
Shiv Gupta

Royal Bank of Scotland (India)

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