Charlie Martin is a British racing driver and LGBTQ+ activist, she has raced successfully in multiple disciplines including single seaters, prototypes and GT cars.
In 2020 she made LGBTQ+ history as the first ever transgender driver to compete in the ADAC TOTAL 24hr Nürburgring-Rennen, where she finished 4th in class racing a BMW M240i. In 2021 she finished 3rd in the Praga class of the Britcar Endurance Championship.
Her ambition is to make LGBTQ+ history by competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. She has overcome huge adversity since transitioning mid way through her career, and works with leading LGBTQ+ charities Stonewall (Sports Champion), Mermaids (Patron) and Athlete Ally (ambassador) to improve visibility, acceptance and inclusion in motorsport.
Charlie has featured in Vogue Magazine (July 21) and was listed in the Vogue 25, a celebration of inspiring women shaping the World in 2021 and beyond. She was also included in the Pride Power list, OUT Magazine 100 & Attitude 101.
She is a professional public speaker and works regularly with large organisations to help them improve their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Clients include Google, Microsoft, Adidas, AON, O2, GSK, ASOS, Heycar and BMW.
Charlie speaks fluent French, she is a keen trail runner, surfer and snowboarder, as well as vlogger on her Youtube channel. She has an online following of over 50k highly engaged followers.
“If there is anyone to inspire you to follow your dreams with passion & determination, it’s Charlie.”
“I thought the session was fantastic and very inspirational, a great story of being your authentic self and not only overcoming challenges but flourishing.”
“Charlie was incredibly open and honest about her journey. She brought to life the importance of being able to be your full self at work and the performance gains achieved as a result. The feedback we had from our audience across the LGBT+ community and allies was incredibly positive, and she’s certainly left a lasting impression on our organisation.”
“We had the pleasure of working with Charlie as a keynote speaker during LGBTQ+ History Month 2021 when delivering a series of digital education sessions to our employee and retailer networks. Charlie brought an amazingly authentic and engaging approach to telling her story and this has proven inspiring to many in attendance, with the programme being rated as “highly recommended” by 93% of attendees. We would wholeheartedly recommend working with Charlie and hope to do so again in the future.”