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The Tempest Two is made up of friends James Whittle & Tom Caulfield. In 2015, the pair boarded a 7 metre rowing boat, and rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, totally unaided, having never rowed or sailed before. 54 days later, with a lifetime of stories, they landed in Barbados. Since then, the pair left their jobs in London to become full-time adventurers and speakers.
The Tempest Two
Dr Leyla Acaroglu has become a major thought leader in sustainability and design. Her talks and workshops are often described as "mind blowing" as she weaves fascinating examples that equip people with the thinking tools to create their own change in the world, as witnessed by over 1.4m who have watched her TED talk
Former BBC HR Director during a turbulent period of change. Gives a fresh perspective on business leadership in times of change in major organisations.
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.
Corporate whistleblower whose story is one of courage and endurance. She reported corruption at LeisureNet in South Africa, facing danger and becoming unemployable as she battled for what was right.
After winning double gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she famously received a pair of Jimmy Choos from the mayor of Mansfield. She won bronze medals in the women's 400m and 800m freestyle at the London 2012 Olympics. Rebecca announced her retirement from competitive swimming in 2013, aged 23.
Invited by Robert Swan OBE, Ghazala joined the SPEC (South Pole Energy Challenge) expedition at 60 nautical miles from the South Pole; The Last Degree. The challenge was to walk to the South Pole, using only renewable energy, with the message that, if they could survive this way in Antarctica, the coldest, driest and most inhospitable place on Earth, we can easily make sustainable changes in our everyday lives.
Award winning journalist who suffered two tragedies, yet bounced back with an inspiring and uplifting memoir. Her partner died in a freak accident while on holiday (he got caught in a rip tide). She then discovered his life insurance went to his ex-wife as he hadn’t updated his will, and she then developed breast cancer. Despite all that, she’s rebuilt her life, brought up their children and is renowned journalist and interviewer.
Former Athlete and renowned motivational speaker. Kriss's greatest individual triumph was his Gold Medal in the 1990 European Championships and he was a member of the triumphant 4x400 metre relay squad in Tokyo in 1991.
Chemmy is a 4 x Winter Olympian, a career high ranking of 8th in the World, 7 x British National Overall Champion and the only British female skier to ever win a run in a World Cup.
He uses music and takes a classic and jazz approach to generate learning experiences for the business world, to help develop leadership, innovation and teamwork.
Alex Alley's challenge came during the Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race, where he led his team in some of the world's most hostile environments, non-stop 24 hrs a day for eight weeks.
The only Britain to have played in the NBA in America and at 6ft 10 certainly makes an impact! Following retirement, he came out as Gay, becoming the first NBA player to do so. He works as a broadcaster and business leadership consultant in Europe and the United States.
John Amaechi OBE
Managing Director of Stairsteady, Ruth co-founded the #girlswithdrills movement
Bestselling author and lecturer on motivation, performance development and leadership. He has trained top athletes and business leaders, and translates the secrets of high performance into usable strategies for leaders and businesses.
Following Jo’s career as an internationally acclaimed athlete for Team GB and Adidas, during which time she held three British records, Jo hung up her running spikes and dove into the world of broadcasting. Now after years of broadcasting overseas, she has recently returned home to London to connect her vast international broadcasting experience with her journalism experience. Great choice for red carpet hosting, panel discussions, awards, speeches and interviews at a variety of corporate sporting events.
Military historian and author who specialises in recollections of the First and Second World Wars. A leading authority on Churchill. Talks on leadership and lessons to be learnt from the battlefield.
Business speaker, advisor, broadcaster and writer on change, risk analysis, strategy, behavioural economics and decision making. Experienced in international finance and business.
TV/radio/online journalist, producer, presenter, writer, motivational speaker, business and ideas person who really understands, and can communicate with a sense of humour, the world of social media and digital communications.
Mike enjoyed an illustrious career that saw him graduate from Cambridge University to England captain via Lancashire CCC, accumulating 115 Test caps and 7,728 runs (at 37.69) in the process.
Education expert with a national and international reputation. Formerly the Chairman of Ofsted. She brings innovation and solutions to complex problems.
Azeem Azhar is a strategist, analyst, product entrepreneur, influencer and writer with a passion for all things technological. Azeem is also the Senior Adviser of Artificial Intelligence to the CTO of Accenture an Advisor to CognitionX.
The Retail Champion. Best selling author, regular TV commentator, business influencer and entrepreneur.
Natasha Baker is a 5 time Paralympic equestrian champion. She works tirelessly to change the perception of disability, to inspire the next generation of Paralympic athletes and to show the world that despite people's challenges, incredible things can be achieved!
Clare has her own show on BT Sport plus still broadcasts regularly for the BBC. A popular and versatile choice for the corporate market who is comfortable hosting, chairing or speaking. Very inspirational.
Ed Balls was UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and served in the UK Cabinet as Secretary for Children, Schools and Families. He was the UK Minister for Financial Services and the Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury during which time he was Chair of the IMFC Deputies and UK G20 Deputy. While Shadow Chancellor he was co-Chair with Larry Summers of the Centre for American Progress Inclusive Prosperity Commission.
One of the first high profiles black footballers who made his name at Watford before moving to Liverpool in 1987. His international career with England started at the age of 19 and he went on to win 79 caps before retiring and becoming a TV pundit.
Andy is a Paralympian who regularly speaks to corporate audiences about performance and has also taken his presentations international, where he specializes in creating bespoke itineraries for organisations.
Marie-Noelle is French by birth, but has lived in the UK for over 30 years. Originally a teacher, she was invited to be a director of the WISE campaign which encourages women into Science and Engineering. A motivational speaker for over 20 years, she is also a very amusing after dinner choice.
Marie-Noelle Barton MBE
Dave made his name originally taking Wimbledon from non-league football to Premiership status, playing the long ball game. His powers of motivation are legendary and he has often spoken at management functions on team building.
Jeremy Bates is a former professional tennis player. During his career, he won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. After retiring from the professional circuit, he served as the captain of Britain's Davis Cup team.
Adventurer and the only British woman to have climbed K2. She climbed Everest just weeks after having a serious operation. Inspirational storyteller
Olympic skier, TV presenter, adventurer and journalist, regarded as one of the finest downhill skiers the UK has ever produced. Five time Olympian, he was named Ski Champion of Britain eight times during his competitive career.
Entrepreneur and business networking guru who now helps companies and individuals develop and grow.
Cambridge Educated, former professional poker player, Caspar uses poker as a metaphor to look at our attitude to Risk Taking & Decision Making, and "Why We Do What We do" and how we can conquer our fear of failure. A thought provoking speaker.
Richard Bevan is Chief Executive of the League Managers' Association an organisation he joined on the 1st January 2008 after 11 very successful years as Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association.
Jack Black is a motivational speaker, with a reputation for entertaining his audiences and inspiring them to make massive changes in their ways of thinking. He has regularly featured on TV, radio and in newspapers and magazines.
Former athlete turned commentator and popular motivational speaker. Roger's most memorable victory was as part of the 4 X 400m relay team in the Tokyo World championships.
Legendary explorer who has influenced, mentored and inspired several generations of explorers and adventurers. With HRH Prince of Wales he founded Operation Raleigh. His presentations on leadership focus on the two aspects of leadership that he believes to be essential: communication and inspiration.
John Blashford Snell
Chris is a former English racing cyclist who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world hour record three times as well as wearing the yellow jersey on three separate occasions at the Tour de France. Possibly best remembered for his revolutionary bike designs.
Psychologist and presenter who actually started out as a comedian! Paul uses his background in psychology, along with his experience of performing to help companies better communicate and perform as a team. His clients include broadcaster such as the BBC, along with companies such as Google – he first worked with Google when they were still a startup, and is still a regular go to for them. Paul was on Sky’s ‘School of Hard Knocks’, while one of his regular sayings is ‘the communication is only good as the person receiving it…if they don’t understand what you’re saying, the problem lies with you, not them’.
Sir Ian Botham, OBE is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. He was a genuine all-rounder and remains well known by his nicknames "Beefy" and "Guy the Gorilla". He is a committed charity fund raiser.
Entrepreneur and a much sought after speaker Deirdre Bounds emphasises the importance of self belief and success in both one`s personal and business life,
Sir Alan's assistant on The Apprentice and Vice Chairman of West Ham. Previously at Birmingham City, she turned the club form bankruptcy to profit, especially exploiting affinity deals - everything from credit cards to funerals! She was appointed to the House of Lords in 2014.
Founder of Plant for Peace – creative horticultural co-operatives in conflict-torn countries like Afghanistan. His powerful personal story, from drug addiction and homelessness to founding Plant for Peace, is inspiring and enlightening.
Seán Brickell is a full time corporate host and presenter. Author of ‘Don’t Shoot, I’m not Well! Confidence for when you really need it’, he applies tried and tested practical and psychological techniques (used in war zones, undercover work and successful businesses) to transform confidence, communication and personal impact skills to make a profitable difference to individuals and businesses.
Business writer, speaker and author who talks about business and entrepreneurship. Formerly enterprise editor of the Sunday Times, she now writes for the Sunday Telegraph. Her new book "Already Brilliant" is published this month.
Martin Brooks is an inventor, entrepreneur and motivational speaker with an unique and inspirational story. He runs his own management training business, focusing on top-level communication skills.
Boris Brott is one of the world's most internationally recognised conductors and a motivational speaker, presenting around the world to Fortune 500 companies. Using music he demonstrates how creativity and innovation combine for success.
Craig made his name internationally as Scottish national team football manager a post he was appointed to in November 1993 where he was both International Team manager and Technical Director. Craig had an outstanding record as Scotland Team Manager losing only five games in 27 competitive matches.
Bob Brown is an ultra distance runner. In 2004 he won the "Run Across America" which is a 3100 mile run from Huntington Beach, California on the West coast to New York on the east completed in 71 days (that's the equivalent of running 2 marathons a day for 71 days!). This follows coming 7th in the 2001 Trans-Australia Footrace in which he ran 50 miles per day for 65 days in the middle of the Australian summer (The heat was 50c at times).
Presenter of Small Talk on Radio 4, The creator of The Guardian's Office column and author of a collection of best-sellers, his latest book is 'The Pocket Guru', a brilliantly accessible guide to enterprise. Guy's expertise lies in the use of creativity in business. He now runs the Smokehouse consultancy, helping companies conceive more innovative products, services and processes.
International speaker, author and executive coach who uses his business experience in his presentations on leadership and business transformation.
Richard J Bryan
Business speaker. He was part of the management team that setup the low cost airline bmibaby in 2002, and served as both Commercial Director and Managing Director.
Former presenter of BBC's All Over the Shop. Geoff Burch is an extraordinary speaker whose unique and refreshing outlook on customer care and sales has made him one of the busiest of speakers. He is the author of Resistance is Useless - the Art of Business Persuasion.
Tech entrepreneur who has some challenging ideas about the future of work. She abolished emails from her companies to improve productivity and has done groundbreaking research on Deliberate Practice. Now based in the USA.
Inspirational Yachtswoman: the first woman to circumnavigate the world 'the wrong way' Dee speaks on self-belief, overcoming fears, motivation, teamwork & leadership.
Dee Caffari MBE
An accomplished professional athlete and motivational and inspirational speaker. Daniel has won World, European and Commonwealth titles as well as having competed in 2 Olympics.
Tim Campbell has come a long way since winning The Apprentice. He is a favourite with Sir Alan Sugar one and has set up a number of ventures, including a charity to encourage entrepreneurship.
Unquestionably one of Britainâ€™s most successful and well known male sprinters who also had a career in football, spending two successful seasons with Newport FC and Weymouth FC. Currently presents Gamechangers on Sky.