Becoming an adventurer was more of an accident than an active decision. Growing up in North Wales there was always a mountain there to be climbed. It wasn’t long before I was looking for bigger challenges.
After my sister lost her battle with cancer I saw a way to do some good in her memory - while tackling the physical challenges I was looking for. I have helped to fund a new cancer treatment centre and worked with Alan Chambers MBE to develop Extreme Classrooms™ to make a difference to vulnerable teenagers.
My son, Matt, has accompanied me on many of these adventures walking to both North and South poles, climbing many of the world’s highest peaks and, most recently rowing the Atlantic, along with Will Hollingshead, Sam Coxon and Chris Hodgson. We spent three years preparing for this challenge and in just under 36 days rowing 2,671 nautical miles (3071 land miles) - two hours on, two hours off. We set a new world record - beating the previous record by 23 hours.
This won’t be my last adventure - there’s always another challenge to tackle.
If you’d like some inspiration I share the lessons I’ve learned facing extreme challenges and apply them to business (and vice versa). Find out about keynote presentations that can inspire and energise your organisation.
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There is no easy route to becoming the best. Achieving a world-class level of performance requires focus, determination and a lot of hard work. The difference between the people who achieve a superior level of performance and those who don’t often comes down to just how much they want it. It is not about how … Read more
Over three decades or so I’ve been involved with more than a dozen businesses. All but one has been extremely successful*. The key and consistent factor to their success is leadership that inspires the teams to strive for excellence. An inspirational leader is the catalyst for creativity and innovation. Inspirational leaders don’t just point the … Read more
Whether the numbers support it or not, the UK economy feels as if it is in recession and that’s a serious concern for many businesses. The critical challenges a recession throws up are typically sluggish cashflow, fewer sales as customers prioritise what they spend their money on and the subsequent anxiety for both business leaders … Read more