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Simon Weston

 

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Simon Weston is a Falklands War Veteran, who returned from the war with 46% burns and facial disfigurement. Simon is a true war hero. He radiates optimism and his story is one of courage and strength. His enthusiasm for life and charming personality have made him a highly sought-after motivational speaker.

Simon, originally from Mid Glamorgan, decided to join the Welsh guards in 1978 and served in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Kenya before being sent to the Falklands, where his life would dramatically change. When Simon returned home with severe burns, his own mother did not recognize him and he admitted that his injuries affected him mentally as well as physically.

The advice he received from his mother and old army regiment inflicted change in Simon’s attitude towards life and he became a role model. His message is now one of sheer determination and to accept the difficulties in life and find a way of using them to your advantage.

Since recovering from his injuries and taking a new approach to life, Simon has set up ‘The Weston Spirit’, a children’s charity based in Liverpool. He is a loyal worker for the Royal British Legion, the Royal Star and the Garter Home. His dedication to charity work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He met his wife Lucy through the ‘Weston Spirit’ charity, where she was working as a volunteer and they have two children together.

"Professional, polite, courteous. the audience loved him, he was engaging and very generous with his time - a hit!"
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Simon’s success has also involved numerous TV documentaries focusing on his charitable work and the difficulties he overcame to be in the position he is in today, these include; ‘Simon’s War’, ‘Simon’s Peace’, ‘Simon’s Triumph’ and Simon’s Return’. The autobiography of Simon’s life has ‘Walking Tall’ has become a best seller. He has also written a series of fictional books with titles such as ‘Cause of Death’ and ‘Phoenix’.

In late 2011 Simon returned to the Falklands Islands to film a documentary to help mark the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War in 2012. In 2013 he was voted for the Peoples Portrait by viewers of the BBC One Show and his portrait is now being painted to be hung in the National Portrait Gallery.

In 2014, in a survey conducted by Freud Communications, Simon was voted top of the UK`s Heroes Index, naming him the Nations Favourite Hero.

Simon’s story is inspirational and demonstrates to others what can be achieved when you have the courage to overcome life shattering obstacles. He is admired by many and is in high demand as a keynote/motivational speaker and after dinner speaker.

Speaking Topics:

  • overcoming adversity
  • accepting change
  • taking up the challenge for now and for the future
  • liking the person you are
  • diversity
  • bravery
  • dignity
  • inspiring others 

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Interview with Simon Weston

Question:

How did the corporate speaking begin?

Answer:

Because I was asked – by organisations interested in my story, I cut my teeth and did a lot of charity speaking. I later got representation and support and it grew from there.

Question:

Which event has been your favourite and why?

Answer:

My favourite was a trip to Turkey last year for a Wholesalers Conference. It was all down to the people, it’s what makes a good conference. As I was there for 3 days I was able to spend time with them and get to know them. Also speaking to Medical and pharmaceutical groups is a lot of fun and very rewarding. I’ve had a lot involvement with clinicians over the years, I have a great affinity to them, an empathy and respect. I owe my life to them.

Question:

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

Answer:

Something to do with the UN where I could make a difference on a larger scale.

Question:

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Answer:

With a speaker I vehemently disagreed with as it would be a great discussion.

Question:

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

Answer:

Overcoming adversity, positivity, invest in yourself, growth. Self belief, setting goals and targets, appreciation of others – team building.

Question:

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

Answer:

I simply want people to enjoy it and to take something away.

Question:

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

Answer:

To be a good leader Share glory Encourage and invest in others. Team building Self belief and coming back from somewhere where once you believed was impossible. It can be done!

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