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There's nothing more uplifting and motivational for an audience than a speaker overcoming adversity and showing key lessons everyone can apply in their business and personal lives.

From intrepid explorers, determined entrepreneurs, military leaders, adventure professionals, and athletes, to those who have suffered personal or business setbacks which fundamentally changed their lives, their lessons are shared in a way that is relatable and can teach us all something about the power of perseverance, curiosity and small steps in the pursuit of dreams.

We love to work with these incredible humans who defy the odds to reach unimaginable levels of performance. Their stories will leave you inspired to reach your full potential. 

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Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan MBE is a British TV presenter and wheelchair basketball player. He presented Channel 4's coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics.
Alan Chambers

Alan Chambers

As a Royal Marine, Alan Chambers spent 16 years exploring the world’s most hostile and thrilling environments, including jungles, deserts and frozen tundra.
Alex Flynn

Alex Flynn

How would most people react upon a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease? For keynote and motivational speaker, Alex Flynn, it meant establishing the 10MillionMetres Challenge.

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Andy McNab

Andy McNab

Andy has written about his experiences in the SAS. 'Bravo Two Zero' is the highest selling war book of all time and has sold 1.5 million copies in the UK alone.
Andy Pag

Andy Pag

Andy Pag is an adept and experienced keynote speaker on environmentalism and sustainability. He drove round the world powered by used cooking oil in an old school bus.
Anna Watkins

Anna Watkins

Motivational speaker and Olympic gold medallist Anna Watkins holds the current Olympic record after her win at women’s double scull at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Ant Middleton

Ant Middleton

Best known for his role in Channel 4’s ‘SAS: Who Dares Win’s’, Ant Middleton combines his background in the UK’s elite forces with his teamwork and leadership skills to shares his inspirational story.
Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett

Given just a 10% chance of survival having contracted 3 viral infections - Streph-Pneumonia, Influenza, and Staphylococcus, on a 2006 school trip to Disneyland, Anthony Bennett was resuscitated 12 times while at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

The youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, keen environmentalist, survival specialist and TV star, Bear Grylls is a inspirational speaker for any event.
Benedict Allen

Benedict Allen

Benedict Allen's after dinner speeches are full of tales of exploration and adventure, as well as invaluable and inspirational business lessons.
Bob Champion

Bob Champion

Champion jockey and winner of the Grand National, Bob's life and fight against cancer were portrayed in a book and a film starring John Hurt.

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Bonita Norris

Bonita Norris

Reaching the top of Everest as an experienced mountaineer? That’s tough. Now, how about taking on that task without ever having climbed before? (Stairs don’t count.)
Brenda Della Casa

Brenda Della Casa

Brenda Della Casa is a journalist, author, women's issues advocate, and social media expert.
Brendan Hall

Brendan Hall

Brendan Hall is an inspiring keynote speaker enabling businesses to build trust, empowerment and growth mindsets.
Bryony Gordon

Bryony Gordon

Journalist and author.
Cath Bishop

Cath Bishop

An Olympic rower and a British diplomat, Cath Bishop is an inspiring keynote speaker who tells her story from a unique vantage point to show how a strong team makes for exceptional results.
Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O'Dowd

Cathy O'Dowd has climbed Everest twice, she draws on her experiences to talk about issues of teamwork, risk assessment, self motivation and tackling overwhelming challenges.
Chris Holmes

Chris Holmes

Lord Chris Holmes, one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic swimmers, has won nine gold, five silver and two bronze medals across four Games, and served as Director of Paralympic Integration at London 2012.
Chris Moon

Chris Moon

Despite serious adversity in his life, Chris Moon continues to astound as he goes one step beyond perceived limits.
Claire Lomas

Claire Lomas

Claire’s life turned upside down when she became paralysed from the chest down in a horse-riding accident. Claire became headline news in 2012 when she became the first person to walk the London Marathon in a robotic suit.
Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle

Former professional footballer and Mind ambassador.
Danny Crates

Danny Crates

Amputee, Paralympic Champion, European Champion and World Champion, Danny Crates is one of the world’s most inspiring motivational speakers.
Darren Campbell

Darren Campbell

Darren Campbell – Olympic gold medallist and a sprinter who always gave his all and retired having won medals at all four majors – is a motivational speaker of the highest calibre.
Deirdre Bounds

Deirdre Bounds

Deirdre Bounds is an entrepreneur in the purest sense - no commercial experience, no family history of enterprise, no money, just a great idea and a pile of passion.
Derek Redmond

Derek Redmond

Eternally inspirational as an elite athlete, Derek Redmond's race in Barcelona when he crossed the finishing line with a mid-race injury is a highlight in Olympic history.

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Devon Harris

Devon Harris

As an original Jamaican bobsled team member and 3-time Olympian, Devon Harris achieved his grand dream. One of the original 'Cool Runnings' team.
Ed Stafford

Ed Stafford

Ed Stafford is the Guinness World Record-holding first person to walk the Amazon River. He uses his experiences to inspire and motivate audiences to achieve their own personal goals.
Emma Lawton

Emma Lawton

Creative Director and Parkinson's campaigner.
Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie is one of the world's most recognised percussionists. She perfomed at the London 2012 opening ceremony to enormous acclaim.
Francesca Martinez

Francesca Martinez

Francesca Martinez - stand-up comedian and actress - and UK’s Motivator of the year award nominee. Winner of the 2011 Fringe Media Network Award.
Giles Long

Giles Long

Giles Long is a successful Paralympic swimmer whose journey to success is unusual and inspirational. He is an after dinner speaker and keynote speaker of the highest calibre.
Greg Searle

Greg Searle

After winning an Olympic gold, aged 20, Greg’s journey to victory at the London 2012 games – 20 years later - is one of tenacity, honesty and determination.
Hakeem Oluseyi

Hakeem Oluseyi

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi is an internationally-recognized astrophysicist, science TV personality, and global education advocate who has had a long, distinguished career in academia and scientific research.

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Hayley Mulenda

Hayley Mulenda

Hayley Mulenda is described as "an inspiration for the next generation". She delivers inspirational talks to empower students and young adults to sustain a healthy mental well-being and turn their pain into purpose.
Helen Richardson-Walsh

Helen Richardson-Walsh

Former Team GB Hockey Player
Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch is the current freediving world record holder and “the Deepest Man on Earth”. This prestigious title was given to him when he then set the world record for freediving at an incredible depth of 214 m (702 ft) in 2007 in the No Limit discipline.
Hyeonseo Lee

Hyeonseo Lee

‘The Girl With Seven Names’, as she named her 2015 memoir, is a North Korean defector living in Seoul, South Korea. A powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, Hyeonseo’s tale of courage, survival and hope motivates and inspires spellbound audiences.
Ingrid Betancourte

Ingrid Betancourte

Ingrid Betancourt was the longest female hostage held in captivity, making her a global symbol of freedom and human resistance in the face of the toughest of adversaries.
Jade Jones-Hall

Jade Jones-Hall

One of the most exciting talents in British Paralympic sport, Jade is as good at speaking as she is at winning medals.
James Cracknell OBE

James Cracknell OBE

Double Olympic rowing Gold medallist and world record holder. James Cracknell OBE has also achieved the epic feat of rowing the Atlantic with Ben Fogle.
James Ketchell

James Ketchell

Following a serious motorcycling accident in 2007 that nearly lost him the use of his legs, James Ketchell became the first British person to row single handed across the Atlantic and summit Everest.
Jamie McDonald

Jamie McDonald

World-record breaking fundraising adventurer Jamie is best known for his world-first solo run across Canada, raising more than £250,000 for charity.
Jason Fox

Jason Fox

After two decades in the British Special Forces and a subsequent career in private security, Jason Fox has gleaned powerful insights about leadership, motivation, and operating under high-pressure.
Jess Thom

Jess Thom

Writer, artist, and co-founder of Touretteshero, Jess Thom is committed to increasing opportunities for those living with Tourette’s Syndrome; she characterises herself as a ‘superhero’ not a ‘sufferer'.
Jocko Willink

Jocko Willink

Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer, a bestselling co-author, host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as CEO, leadership instructor, speaker and strategic advisor.
Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

With his famous exploits captured in the BAFTA award winning film - 'Touching the Void', Joe is an honest, charismatic and inspirational speaker.
Joey Zuber

Joey Zuber

Joey Zuber is a professional cliff diver who has overcome extreme adversity to deliver messages of determination, and surmounting fear and adversity.

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John Amaechi

John Amaechi

John Amaechi OBE is an organisational psychologist, Chartered Scientist, New York Times best-selling author, CEO of leadership consultancy APS, and was the first Brit to play in the NBA.
John Peters

John Peters

Captured and tortured in the 1st Gulf War, John’s story is a powerful and moving human story told by a master storyteller that still has particular relevance today.
Jonathan White

Jonathan White

Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach, Jon draws on his experiences as a 19 year old Commissioned Officer in the Royal Marines, leading men in the world's toughest environments.
Jonnie Peacock

Jonnie Peacock

Jonnie is the Double Paralympic, World & European T44 100m Champion. He is an inspiration to many young people and his passion for sport and overcoming adversity radiates from every fibre of his being.
Karen Darke

Karen Darke

Paralympic cycling champion Karen Darke is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker.
Kate Darling

Kate Darling

Leading robotics expert known for her groundbreaking research in the field of robotics ethics, Kate Darling shares incredible insights on human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and the ways robots will impact society in the near-term future.
Katie Piper

Katie Piper

Katie Piper is a beautiful young woman rebuilding her life after surviving a brutal sulphuric acid attack in 2008.
Keith Antoine

Keith Antoine

Olympic & Paralympic athletics coach Keith Antoine’s focus is on performance improvement, of individuals and teams. He was a personal coach Paralympic gold and silver medalists in London 2012 and Rio 2016.

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Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson PhD is an internationally recognised leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation.
Liz Jackson

Liz Jackson

Being young and blind has not hindered business lady extraordinaire, Liz Jackson, achieving great success with her company Great Guns Marketing.
Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson is a former Team GB Paralympic gold medallist with a charismatic personality and a truly inspiring story to boot. Since she retired from the swimming team, Liz has become a prominent speaker on the corporate circuit and is co-founder of The Ability People, an employment agency  staffed exclusively by people with impairments. 
Maggie Alphonsi

Maggie Alphonsi

The face of international women’s rugby.
Marc Woods

Marc Woods

Following the amputation of his left leg, competitive swimmer Marc Woods got back in the pool and went on to win a raft of Paralympic, World and Euro Championships medals.
Mark Henick

Mark Henick

Mental health expert Mark Henick helps audiences better understand subjects around mental illness and suicide.
Martine Wright

Martine Wright

Martine Wright lost both legs in the 7/7 London bombings, yet she considers herself lucky. She was honoured with the BBC Helen Rollason Award Sports Personality of the Year 2012 award.
Martyn Dawes

Martyn Dawes

Martyn Dawes, founder of Coffee Nation and entrepreneur was always destined to do things his own way. As a keynote speaker he is inspirational and charismatic.
Matt King

Matt King

Since breaking his neck in his first professional rugby match, Matt King OBE has gone on to become a motivational speaker, Formula One solicitor, author, record-breaking marathon runner, skier and the youngest ever recipient of an OBE.
Michael Woodford

Michael Woodford

As the first non-Japanese head of the century-old camera manufacturer Olympus, Michael Woodford’s unearthing of significant financial irregularities led to the termination of his post, and to an international scandal.
Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine

A gifted and motivated speaker, Michel Chikwanine has experienced civil war, political upheaval & poverty having been forced to leave his home country at the age of 11 as a refugee.
Mike Brace

Mike Brace

Blinded by a firework at a young age, Mike has enjoyed unimaginable sporting success and ultimately received an OBE for services to disabled sport.
Miles Hilton-Barber

Miles Hilton-Barber

Charming, erudite, captivating... a well-stocked oxygen supply is needed to list the achievements of world record-breaking adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber.
Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

Inspirational speaker, Nando Parrado is a survivor from the crash of the plane carrying the Uruguayan rugby team so vividly brought to life in the film 'Alive'.

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Nicolas Hamilton

Nicolas Hamilton

Nicolas Hamilton is a keynote speaker with the prime example of ‘you can do anything if you put your mind to it’.
Penny Mallory

Penny Mallory

Journalist, TV presenter and inspirational speaker, Penny Mallory was the first woman in the world to qualify to drive a world rally car.
Perry McCarthy (The Original Stig)

Perry McCarthy (The Original Stig)

From Formula One to the small screen; from sporting champion to TV legend - Perry McCarthy left the fast lane to become the original Stig on Top Gear.
Richard McCann

Richard McCann

Richard McCann is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. He is an expert on dealing with challenge, which makes him a truly inspirational and motivational speaker.
Rob Forkan

Rob Forkan

After being orphaned in 2004, when they tragically lost their mother and father in the Boxing Day tsunami, brothers Rob & Paul created the footwear brand Gandys and the Orphans for Orphans movement in their parents’ name.
Roxanne Joyal

Roxanne Joyal

Trained in International Law & International Relations, French-Canadian Roxanne Joyal is an inspirational keynote speaker & an advocate for empowering women and social responsibility.
Roz Savage

Roz Savage

Roz Savage lived the dream – and learnt that following your passion is not always plain sailing.
Sally Becker

Sally Becker

The Angel of Mostar, Sally Becker saved the lives of hundreds of children in Bosnia in the 1990's. She was chosen to carry the flag at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

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Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen

Sarah rowed across the Indian Ocean. Alone. With her little boat, Dippers. An inspirational after dinner speaker, Sarah talks about her journey of commitment to life and survival in the elements.
Simon Weston

Simon Weston

Falkland's War Veteran, author, public speaker & charity supporter and holder of a CBE he received in 2016 for his charity work.
Simon Wheatcroft

Simon Wheatcroft

What would you do if you lost your sight at the age of 17? For Simon Wheatcroft, it meant adapting available technology to achieve the impossible.
Spencer West

Spencer West

An Inspirational keynote speaker and motivational speaker, Spencer West speaks about the struggles he overcame after losing his legs at the age of five.
Steve Cunningham

Steve Cunningham

When Steve Cunningham speaks at a conference or event, "even the most hard bitten of audiences find it tough to disguise a watery eye or lump in the throat".
Thomas Bubendorfer

Thomas Bubendorfer

Solo climber, Thomas Bubendorfer is the most experienced European adventure keynote speaker on the international circuit & talks of teamwork & self belief
Tim Fitzhigham

Tim Fitzhigham

Tim Fitzhigham's far-fetched exploits are recounted in hilarious manner and are ideally suited for any corporate event to leave the audience in stitches.
Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards

Skipper of the first all-female crew to sail around the world, Tracy Edwards has vital leadership lessons to impart in her keynote speeches and training sessions.
Victoria Milligan

Victoria Milligan

On 5th May 2013, Victoria Milligan’s whole life changed - from a happily married mother of four, to an amputee, widow and the single parent of her three surviving children.
Vikie Shanks

Vikie Shanks

Vikie Shanks is a true 'Super-Mum'. Vikie’s book ‘Unravelled’-The inspirational true story of a journey out of darkness, sees Vikie left to raise her seven children - all with special needs - alone, after her husband tragically committed suicide. Her journey to 'normality' is remarkable and she now works on campaigning for better awareness of autism, mental health and suicidality.
Wim ' The Iceman' Hof

Wim ' The Iceman' Hof

Wim Hof is a Dutch athlete known as "The Iceman" for his ability to withstand extreme cold. He has received global recognition and fame through his extraordinary achievements. Wim is convinced that everyone is capable of doing the same exceptional things his body allows him to do. Wim’s story and philosophy is completely unique and refreshing for any audience. He demonstrates an unparalleled perseverance and encourages other people that they too can do exceptional things.
Yves Rossy (Jetman)

Yves Rossy (Jetman)

With his head in the clouds and his feet on the ground, Yves Rossy (Jetman) is a unique and inspirational after dinner speaker.
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