Charles Van Commenée

Former Head Coach of British Athletics & Performance Director for the Dutch Olympic Committee

  • Former Technical Director for the Dutch Athletics Federation
  • Former Performance Director for the Dutch Olympic Committee
  • Former Head Coach of British Athletics
  • Coach of Denise Lewis, Huang Zhihong and Kelly Sotherton

When Charles Van Commenée is booked for webinars and virtual events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Traits of a High-Performance Culture
How to Build a High-Performance Culture
Small Margins in a Competitive Market
Excellence Through Selection
How Demanding Should a Leader Be?
The Winning Spirit Within a Team of Individuals
Consequence of Failure
Invest in Growth of People
Teamwork and the Importance of Embracing Differences
Bridging the Gap

Charles Van Commenée is widely known for his influence on sports and athletics. The former Head Coach of British Athletics, Technical Director for the Dutch Athletics Federation and the Performance Director for the Dutch Olympic Committee, Charles has had a huge impact on sport around the globe. Throughout his career, Charles has become known for coaching some of the top athletes, which include the likes of Denise Lewis, Huang Zhihong and Kelly Sotherton.

Charles first became a coach when he was just 19 years old. Having found a passion for athletics, in particular competing in decathlons, Charles began to coach individuals whilst completing a physical education degree. His first major coaching job came as the coach of the Dutch javelin team before he was made the Technical Director of Combined Events and Throws for the Dutch Athletics Federation. It was in this role that Charles coached his first major star, Huang Zhihong, who went on to achieve a World Championship win.

Throughout his time as a coach, Charles was able to lead many prominent athletes to victory. Today he is widely remembered for Super Saturday – when he helped the London 2012 Athletics Team obtain four gold medals. Since his retirement, Charles has collected the knowledge he learnt as a coach to deliver a range of speeches on Performance Management and his ‘5 Steps Approach’.

A highly sought public speaker, Charles is called upon to deliver a range of online events from webinars to discussion panels. Covering topics such as high-performance culture, small margins, winning spirit and leadership, he utilises the knowledge and skills built during his time as a sports coach to engage corporate audiences. Tailoring his presentations so they are customised to each organisation, Charles is the perfect fit for a range of online events.

Official Testimonials

Charles Van Commenée is regularly booked to engage audiences at virtual events, read their latest feedback below:

“Charles delivered a one-hour presentation on Leadership and Coaching at our annual conference. His messages and core themes were perfectly aligned to what we expect from our leaders and his coaching philosophy was one that we can all learn from and apply. His no-compromise approach to accountability will ring true to any organisation that is serious about performance”

Santander Corporate Banking

“The leadership skills and techniques Charles imparted were quite fascinating and triggered much discussion later that evening which was just the outcome we wanted. It was a most engaging and memorable hour which suited our conference and was a perfect finale.”

DLA Piper

To enquire about Charles Van Commenée for your next virtual event or webinar, simply contact The Online Speakers Agency via or call a booking agent on 0203 9317 391.