Dan Stembridge MA FRAeS ADC RN

Dan is a former Royal Navy fighter pilot who has seen combat in major conflict zones. As a UK TOPGUN instructor, he went on to command an airbase of over 3,000 personnel. An influential thinker whose advice has been sought by government ministers, Dan is a former aide-de-camp to Her Majesty The Queen.

A highly experienced speaker with an engaging and interactive style, Dan is extremely skilled at gearing his material to the precise needs of his audience. He uses entertaining and dramatic stories to bring the desired messages to life. Audiences always find Dan’s talks gripping, relevant, thought-provoking and highly memorable.

Dan now runs his own consultancy where he teaches state of the art skills in leadership, resilience, building high performance teams and creating a winning business culture. Find out more on Dan’s website here.

 

Andrew Steele

An Olympic athlete, Andrew spent 12 years competing professionally in track and field, specialising in the 400 metres and the 4×400 metre relay for Great Britain. With a well-known career and profile, Andrew is a respected voice in the media on all topics related to sport, fitness, health and wellbeing.

Andrew is a skilled public speaker, writer and presenter, his athletic career saw him work and represent many global brands across a wide variety of industry sectors, from pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline to global logistics company CHEP, all the way to consumer brands like Nike and Asics.

He is a passionate advocate for anti-doping and sporting integrity, in 2017 Andrew became an Olympic medallist after he was retrospectively upgraded from 4th place to 3rd from the Beijing 2008 games as a result of the Russian doping scandal.

Andrew’s experience of success and failure as a professional sportsperson led him to discover the DNAFit technology, and as a result has a very personal and passionate experience as to the utility of personal genetics. Andrew has a wide professional experience covering a number of sectors, including: sports apparel, sports commercial, rights and talent management, print and broadcast journalism and even as a professional music producer. As adept at copywriting and designing marketing campaigns as he is at translating genomics API’s and modelling ruleset algorithms, Andrew uses his personal experience as a sportsman to shape, build and represent the best genetic products possible for DNAFit.

Andrew Steele is one of the founding team at DNAFit, with the role Head of Product & Professional Sport. This role puts Andrew in charge of the entire product offering and structure, from consumer to professional sport clients – including working with the Scientific Advisory Board to accurately communicate genetic science into consumer products, designing and overseeing the visual communication of the various products for appropriate audiences, working closely with development team to create both digital and offline products, as well as overseeing the company brand, voice and marketing output. As a founding team member, Andrew also represents the company in media or press opportunities, as well as playing a role in the corporate management and guidance of the company.

 

Edward Colver MBE MBA

Edward commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 1999. He commanded at Company and Platoon levels interspersed with a variety of high level technical and program management roles.

During his 17 years within the Military, Edward has excelled both professionally and within the area of sport.  He has captained the RMAS and British Army Germany 1st XVs and represented the Army in tennis and golf.  His professional highlights include leading a unit during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, achieving promotion to Major at 30, the youngest in the British Army at the time, and being appointed as a Member of the British Empire for his leadership on the frontline in Afghanistan.

Edward is a proven international leader who thrives on mentoring the individual, developing teams and delivering success. This was most noticeably demonstrated when he successfully led 700 men and women from 6 different nations on combat missions whilst in Afghanistan.  Since leaving the Army Edward’s multinational leadership experience combined with his knowledge of the Arabic language and culture, has led him to research and write about the development of global leadership competencies at a post graduate level.

By combining his experiences of commanding soldiers on the front line, dealing with catastrophic events, transitioning into the business world and joining a public sector organisation he delivers a compelling, insightful and down to earth approach to leadership, management, resilience, risk and dealing with adversity.

Ed Balls

Ed was UK Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer 2011-2015 and served in the UK Cabinet as Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families 2007-2010. He was the UK Minister for Financial Services 2006-2007 and the Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury 1997-2004 during which time he was Chair of the IMFC Deputies and UK G20 Deputy.

Ed studied economics and philosophy at Keble College, Oxford, and economics and politics (MPA) at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. Ed was a teaching fellow in the Department of Economics, Harvard from 1988 to 1990 and a leader writer and columnist at the Financial Times from 1990 to 1994 where he was the Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year. He has also written regularly for the Guardian, New Statesman and Tribune and co-authored a number of books, papers, articles and pamphlets.

Ed’s popular BBC TV series ‘Travels in Trumpland: with Ed Balls’ was broadcast in July 2018 and a second series ‘Travels in Euroland with Ed Balls’ will air on BBC 2 early 2020. Ed has also presented the BBC TV series ‘What Britain Buys And Sells In A Day’ with Ade Adepitan and Cherry Healey which broadcast in October 2019 and offered expert political analysis alongside George Osbourne for the ITV election night coverage for 2017 and 2019 general elections.

He has also appeared in a number of other television programmes including being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2016, competing in Sport Relief Celebrity Bake-off, being a guest chair on Have I Got New for You, and has made guest appearances on Would I Lie to You, Insert Name Here, The Michael McIntyre Show and QI. He is also a regular guest on This Week, Peston on Sunday. In February 2019, Ed climbed Kilimanjaro with eight other well-known climbers, raising over £2m for Comic Relief.

Ed is Vice President of Action for Stammering Children, a Patron of the British Stammering Association and a Patron of Whizz-Kidz. He has run the London Marathon three times since 2011, raising over £160,000 for WhizzKidz and Action for Stammering Children. He is also the co-Chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation and Vice President and former Chairman of Norwich City Football Club.

 

Helen Glover MBE

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Helen Glover is a two time Olympic champion, triple World and European champion, and quintuple World Cup champion. As of June 2016, she and her partner Heather Stanning were the World, Olympic, World Cup and European record holders, plus the reigning Olympic, World and European champions in the women’s coxless pairs. She has also been a British champion in both women’s fours and quad sculls.

Helen grew up in Penzance, where her father runs the local ice cream shop. Despite junior international representation at running and hockey, she seemed destined to take up a career as a sports teacher. On a whim she signed up to the talent ID program ‘Sporting Giants’, and was earmarked by British rowing as a rare talent. Within months she began her world beating career with under 23 champion Heather Stanning. After world championship silver, they took their first gold and were never beaten again.

Following London 2012 Heather took a year with the army in Afghanistan, and Helen was forced to partner another rower, remaining unbeaten and taking another World title. The Olympiad was fraught with challenges including bike crashes, illness, injury and their trusted coach Robin being diagnosed with cancer. Helen battled through, becoming the number one ranked rower in the world.

Helen has not retired from rowing, and is leaving the door open for a possible return for the Paris Olympics. During her break from professional sport Helen has embarked on a variety of other ventures, with standout achievements including broadcasting for Radio Four’s ‘After Gold’, authoring ‘Great Lives’ also for Radio Four, presenting Japan’s secret Wilderness for BBC2, commentated on rowing for BBC Sports, and appearing on a variety of shows including Question of Sport, Strictly Come Dancing for Children in Need, Celebrity Pointless, the Celebrity BoatRace and the Apprentice.

 

Connie Henry

Connie is a former International Triple Jumper and 1998 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist. Connie has broadcast experience with companies including BBC, ITV, Sky and the International Association of Athletics Federation, as well as becoming Director of the Track Academy.

Connie’s own experiences of dysfunctional family life and lack of childhood security thrust her into the sporting arena, joining the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers at just 15 years old. Connie’s determination and commitment continued at St Mary’s University when studying Sports Science and History and her post-graduate teacher training course at Brunel University, while becoming one of the best athletes in the country.

In the autumn of 1997, she moved to Sydney to train with Keith Connor, Australian head coach and British Olympic triple jump medallist, and within 2 years Connie travelled to Kuala Lumpur to compete in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, taking home bronze.

The next phase for Connie saw her gain freelance broadcasting experience with several organisations including the BBC, Sky and the International Association of Athletics Federation. Her work included a memorable stint with boxing promoter Frank Warren, during which she found herself ringside at the heavyweight match between Wladimir Klitschko and Danny Williams in Las Vegas.

In 2007 Connie was approached by Willesden Sports Centre, asking her to lead new track and field activities there. Connie utilised her contacts from the athletics world to grow the temporary work at the centre into 10 years of the Track Academy, a charity which has changed the lives of hundreds of young people.

Neil Thubron

Neil is an Executive Mentor & Coach, Sales & Leadership Development Consultant, and Keynote Speaker whose passion enables others to challenge themselves and break through their mental and physical barriers.

It was at IBM, shortly after leaving school, that Neil moved into sales and found his passion for selling. Neil finished his career as European Head of Sales managing 450 sales people in 60 countries across Europe.

As a member of the British Army Reserves Neil went on to complete some of the toughest challenges set for British soldiers. He was commissioned as an officer through Sandhurst College, where he spent time with the Army Reserves and Bomb Disposal Unit. The army sparked Neil’s deep interest in physical challenges, and as a result in 2003 he completed his first Marathon. This subsequently led him onto more extreme physical challenges including an Ironman, the Marathon Des Sables in the Sahara desert, the Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc, the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in the South African desert and the Yukon Arctic Ultra – a 300 mile foot race in -55 degrees centigrade, which he won.

Today, Neil is the founder of Extreme Energy – XNRG – Ltd who organise single and multi-day ultra-distance events in the UK. He is also a coach, consultant and teacher who helps companies develop their leadership and sales teams.

Neil works closely with his clients to identify and deliver the right solution to help you achieve your goals, no matter how complex they are. Neil’s mantra on big goals is to “Never Ever Give Up”. He translates his experiences and findings from the world of extreme sports to deliver compelling takeaways for his corporate audiences.

Mike Ling MBE

Mike has taken part in a record 10 display seasons with the Red Arrows. In that time he flew 2,585 sorties in Red Arrows aircraft, played a part in 700 public displays and flew a red Hawk jet into 46 different countries; as far west as New York and as far east as China.

Mike achieved his childhood dream when he was selected to join the Red Arrows for the 2008 display season to fly as Red 3 before then being chosen as Red 7 in the prestigious Synchro Pair for 2009. In March 2010, while leading the Synchro Pair as Red 6, Mike survived a head-on mid-air training collision at a closing speed of over 750 mph. A low-level ejection caused major injuries resulting in surgery and months of rehabilitation before Mike could get back in the air.

In 2012 Mike flew as Red 9 in flypasts for major events including the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Other career highlights include racing a jet against four-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton in his F1 car. These achievements have made Mike a familiar face across the air display scene.

Mike was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List at the end of 2017 for his services to the Red Arrows, and subsequently received the Masters Commendation from the Honourable Company of Air Pilots in October 2018. He became a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in March 2019.

Mike left the Royal Air Force in April 2019 after 21 years of service. He has since become a commercial pilot and flight instructor and is a full-time member of the Blades Aerobatic Team, the world’s only aerobatic airline. In this role he performs public displays but also relishes in the opportunity to give passengers the chance to experience close formation aerobatics in a team of all ex-Red Arrows pilots.

James Pearce

James has reported from eight Olympic Games, representing the BBC as their Olympic Correspondent for the 2012 London Games.

His insights from more than a quarter of a century as a leading BBC broadcaster for television and radio outlets, ranging from the Today programme to Newsnight, give him an invaluable perspective on effective communication. He translates these findings into valuable messages for business leaders.

James has helped to transform the reputation of his highest profile clients, which include the likes of the England football team and a number of FTSE 100 CEO’s. More recently, James has moved into the world of corporate speaking. His teachings enable audiences to prepare key messages and then deliver them with maximum effect.

James has the ability to teach the art of handling difficult questions from colleagues or clients without losing the trust of your questioner – an essential tool for so many of us. When staff have these invaluable skills a business is able to become so much more robust. James truly delivers an entertaining and extremely educational talk. You will quickly understand how James has transformed the mindset of his clients.