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Ken Hames

From soldier to adventurer to TV presenter, Ken Hames, motivational and inspirational after dinner speaker, made the leap from an impressive military career to showcasing his adventuring skills in front of the camera. Ken’s unique experiences and skills enable him to bring teams together and impart valuable lessons on leadership, team-work and overcoming barriers.

Following a 25 year military career, Ken Hames has written and presented many adventure-based TV documentaries. For Mission Africa he took a group of young apprentice builders from the UK to Kenya to build the first eco lodge and game reserve to protect the endangered species that live there working closely with the Born Free Foundation. The project was handed over to the local Samburu tribe as a sustainable business that also protects the wildlife.

Ken created and is the expedition leader on the groundbreaking BBC series Beyond Boundaries. He led an expedition of 12 disabled people across Nicaragua, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in a record breaking, 300 km trek starting in the Mosquito Coast.  The team trekked through jungles in over 40 degree heat, through a dangerous route overrun with drug running bandits and climbed the most difficult live volcano in Central America.

Ken really put the message across and captivated the audience. I was impressed by his passion and how very nice a person he was.
Petrofac Facilities Management Ltd

Taking couples across the Namib desert to test their relationships for Channel 4’s Desert Darlings, led to Ken’s first award winning series for the channel, Jungle Janes, where he took a group of inexperienced women on an expedition through Borneo’s hostile jungle environment. His challenge was to ensure that they were fit enough and cohesive as a team before they set off.

Working on documentaries as well as entertainment programmes, Ken made The Trek in 1994 with the help of Diana, Princess of Wales. He led twelve disadvantaged African children on a 500-mile trek over desert and mountainous terrain. The process, which transformed the lives of the kids, was not over after recording. Ken was committed to following their progress through life forever.

With his after dinner speeches he motivates and inspires. Ken’s unique experiences and skills enable him to bring teams together and impart valuable lessons on leadership, teamwork and overcoming barriers. His passion for empowering people to transform their lives is truly affecting.

Amongst other TV programmes he presented Future Fighting Machines; Hero Factor; Battle Stripes and Greatest SAS Missions. He was also directly involved in the planning of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
   

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What people said about Ken Hames

Your session was extremely interesting and the feedback from our leaders has been very positive.
British Energy
Extremely thankful for the time he took to prepare and deliver his contribution - the feedback has been extremely positive.
Association of Convenience Stores
He has a unique understanding of the pressures facing business today and delivers solutions that will help managers do better.
Director GlaxoSmithKline
He is current, inspirational and is particularly adept at getting results in a short timeframe. He keeps my leaders at the cutting edge
CIO EMEA Microsoft Corporation
Ken motivational style lifts people horizons. He was an absolute inspiration to our delegates.
Lehman Brothers
Wherever Ken goes the atmosphere changes significantly. He is able to get results and does this with credibility as someone who is still out there doing it so to speak. He has a unique understanding of the pressures facing business today and delivers solutions that will help managers do better.
Director, GlaxoSmithKline
Thank you for your fantastic presentation. The feedback was excellent. People will not forget Lead, follow or get out of the way
IBM
Ken Hames is the master practitioner in the field of training and development. He has the unique ability to inspire other to seek personal transformation and high achievement
Diana, Princess of Wales
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