Frostbite in Alaska, Appendicitis in Greenland ,Near Drowning in Borneo, Rope Failure in the Kumbu, Reported missing in Annapurna. Would you go climbing with this man..??? Some people call him brave, some call him mad. To face the thin air at high altitude takes a bit of both, but to Nigel Vardy, there is nothing like being on a high mountain. Losing limbs to severe frostbite would put off all but the few, but to Nigel it was the springboard to climb, achieve and conquer. Over the past 30 years he has climbed across the world, set mountaineering records and spoken to schools and businesses across Europe. He continues on life's adventure, forcing new boundaries and new experiences every day of his life... As Nigel says - "I don't want to die in an unused body..."
Cathy O’Dowd – mountaineer (#116)
South African mountaineer Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest from both sides. She works as a motivational speaker, using story-driven expedition case-studies to share ideas about mitigating risk, team leadership and project management with her corporate clients. Cathy live in the Pyrenees mountains, in Andorra, where she does rock-climbing, ski-mountaineering and canyoning. In summer of 2020 (Covid-19 allowing) she will be doing an exploratory sea kayak expedition along the coast of Greenland.
Michelle Mills-Porter – core values (#108)
Michelle Mills-Porter is known for helping people and teams to reach Sky High Performance. She discovered the truth behind motivation, the importance of effective communication and the power of collaboration in the strangest of classrooms and spent over a decade distilling those lessons into a suite of tangible tools and training programmes that get real results. Michelle is an award-winning businesswoman, and author, consultant and a celebrated keynote speaker, delivering “The Magnificence of Humanity” to audiences far and wide.
Dr Matt Pritchard – science magician (#101)
Science magician Dr Matt Pritchard is a Curator of Wonder. As an independent science communicator he works with over 100 schools and universities a year. Previously Matt conducted atomic physics research at Durham University. He subsequently went on to work within the Education department at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham before setting up his own company. In addition to this experience, he has spent the last 20 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle - one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction.
Steve Houghton-Burnett – business disruptor (#93)
Steve is a natural disruptor... If there was a BIG RED BUTTON that says "DON'T PRESS" he just wouldn't be able to help himself. He has an entrepreneurial background having started one of the first Internet Access Providers in the UK. He now spends his time speaking on the topics of Perceptive Leadership and Change and last year launched a scientifically and statistically robust Perception Assessment tool.
David Hyner – massive goals (#85)
David is a professional goal setting researcher and motivational speaker. He's a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, in the speaker hall of fame for the Academy of Chief Executives, former BBC radio host and a Amazon multiple No.1 author.
Elizabeth Wright – Paralympic swimmer (#80)
Elizabeth Wright is an Australian Paralympic Medalist, Keynote and TEDx Speaker, and writer. She speaks in schools and organisations about disability, inclusion, and character. She also writes for the Guardian and Huffington Post, as well as blogs on Medium, about disability.
Andy Cope – Happiness Doctor (#71)
Andy is also a ‘recovering academic’. His Loughborough University PhD was 12 years in the making, and his research findings around positive psychology and engagement feed into a series of game-changing keynotes, workshops, and books including ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’. He is also a best-selling children’s author. His ‘Spy Dog’ series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide.
Interview 46. – Charles Burns
The two lessons Charles Burns learned at school were that he a gift for drawing, and that he had trouble making friends. After leaving art college he spent twelve years working as a street portrait artist in London’s Covent Garden. Whilst there, he discovered and mastered the lost art of the silhouetttist: cutting portraits from paper. Today, armed with just a pair of scissors and a pocketful of black paper, Charles has a busy schedule appearing at prestigious events all over the world.