When sporting legend Sir Jackie Stewart told us he would be very happy to join us as a guest speaker at our conference, we of course were rather pleased! A sporting hero to so many, and a tireless champion for the race against dementia.

Sir Jackie Stewart wearing a tartan cap

Sir Jackie and Lady Helen married in 1962, and have two sons and nine grandchildren. Lady Helen is now living with dementia. In Sir Jackie's words, "I am now facing one of the biggest challenges of my life."

Sir Jackie was spurred on to found Race Against Dementia, which reaches out to raise money to fund breakthrough and innovative dementia research.

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Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

Born in 1939, Sir Jackie was involved with cars from an early age. Leaving school at 15 (his dyslexia undiagnosed until much later), he found his personal voice in sport, first as an Olympic-class shot, then in motor racing.

In shooting, Sir Jackie won the Coupe De Nations twice (British and Mediterranean Championships). He also won the Championships of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, as well as the British Grand Prix of Shooting. Sir Jackie retired from shooting aged 23.

Sir Jackie’s motor racing career took off internationally in 1965 when, at Monza, he scored the first of his 27 Grand Prix Championship victories. During his Formula One career, he was crowned World Champion three times and achieved a total of 27 victories, out of 99 races. 

Sir Jackie is the founder of Race Against Dementia, President of Dyslexia Scotland, Founder and former Chairman of the Grand Prix Trust, President of the Springfield Youth Club, and Vice-President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and the British Dyslexia Association. 

Sir Jackie was awarded the OBE in 1972 and was knighted in 2001. He was awarded an Honorary Professorship from the University of Stirling and received eight Honorary Doctorates from US, Scottish and English Universities. He has received honours from His Majesty the King of Jordan and His Majesty the King of Bahrain.