Captain Edmund Addington was days from the end of a tour in Afghanistan in 2009 when, whilst leading a platoon of young soldiers, a bomb exploded underneath his fighting vehicle leaving him severely wounded.
Twenty operations into his rehabilitation, Ed is now rebuilding his life. His battle to recovery is an incredible example of determination and drive to regain maximum fitness, having spent months at Selly Oak Hospital and Headley Court.
The level of bravery required to tackle such a life changing incident is one that when heard in person, inspires the audience to approach difficulties they may face with a similar degree dignity and fearlessness.
Ed was injured whilst commanding his platoon in a dangerous and complex situation; making decisions on a daily basis that meant life or death to others. Ed values leadership as the ability to inspire actions that people did not believe possible of themselves, always leading by example. Leadership on operations requires credibility earnt by example through a value-based approach " qualities that Ed eloquently demonstrates whist explaining how these skills are transferable to a civilian environment.
A passionate speaker, Ed provides a fascinating insight into the synergies between military and business leadership, and explains how values used to lead soldiers risking their lives on operations can educate leaders from any field.
Since his injury Ed has taken only positives from his situation, firmly believing that opportunity can come out of such adversity. Amazingly, whilst teaching himself to walk again he has found the time to complete a Masters in International Relations.
"I have heard a significant number of servicemen speak about the benefits of Help for Heroes charity and I can honestly say that Edmund's speech was without doubt the best I have heard." Bryn Parry, Founder - Help for Heroes
Just days from the end of a tour in Afghanistan in 2009, a bomb exploded underneath his vehicle leaving him severely wounded. The story of his battle to recovery makes him an inspiring motivational speaker.
Falklands Veteran who suffered 46% burns to his body, Simon is an inspirational and motivational speaker whose message is one of overcoming adversity and how you can take on any challenges thrown at you. He also has a great sense of humour and can command an audience (he has real presence and has achieved legendary status in many ways), while managing to keep it light.