After a 25-year career working in the London Metropolitan Police as a detective investigating serious crimes, Richard Mullender moved into hostage negotiation. He quickly worked his way up to become Lead Trainer at Scotland Yard’s world-renowned National Crisis and Negotiation Unit. As a hostage negotiator, Richard built his career on elite listening techniques. Since retiring, he has adapted these techniques from the field and applied them to the corporate world, teaching invaluable communication skills to governmental organisations and leading multinationals alike.
‘Richard is a revelation. The listening techniques he teaches are a huge professional asset. Our delegates at The Institute of Financial Planning are always asking when we can book him again’. Institute of Financial Planning, London Branch
Speaks on: hostage negotiation, elite communication, listening skills for better leadership
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Joby Warrick is a best-selling author and a national security reporter for The Washington Post. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he served for 19 years with the Post’s national and investigative staffs, focusing primarily on intelligence, diplomacy and security in the Middle East and South Asia. His first book, “The Triple Agent” (Doubleday, 2011), is the best-selling true story of an al-Qaeda spy who led the CIA into a deadly trap at Khost, Afghanistan, in the agency’s bloodiest day in a quarter-century.
“Joby Warrick is an expert speaker on terrorism, national security, the environment, and the Middle East. He currently writes about terrorism as a national security reporter for The Washington Post.”
Speaks on: terrorism, national security, the environment
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Jon Butterworth is one of the leading physicists on the ATLAS project at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, and was part of the team that discovered the Higgs boson in July 2012. He is the author of Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Higgs (2015), a brilliantly told account of incredible scientific collaboration, inspiring technological innovation and ground-breaking science.
“Jon’s unique story and pioneering work has so much to teach corporations aiming to break boundaries and reach new heights of performance. As well as being a great speaker, audiences love to get into conversation with him in a Q&A.”
Speaks on: scientific collaboration, technological innovation, the importance of exploration
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Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in plasma physics (fusion energy) from Imperial College London and is currently Business Development Manager for fusion start-up Tokamak Energy. She also works in education with the Ogden Trust, Anturus and Your Life and is an academic visitor at Imperial College London.
“Melanie argues that all forms of exploration, whether it be through travel or scientific enquiry, at their core boil down to the same thing: the innate human impetus to push back frontiers. Her speeches and writing are designed to explore and cultivate this instinct to innovate, and her stories provide invaluable inspiration to help audiences and businesses develop an exploratory mindset.”
Speaks on: nuclear fusion, northern lights (aurora), renewable energy, the value of scientific enquiry
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Shane Ortega is a retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, and the first openly transgender Soldier in the United States military. Shane served multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan during his service in the United States Marine Corps from 2005-2009, and then United States Army in 2009-2016. However, in spite of his physical and mental performance, Ortega was grounded from flight in the summer of 2014 due to his trans identity. Relegated to desk duty, he took action by filing a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Shane Ortega speaks and advocates on behalf of LGBT athletes, women, veterans, people of color and disabled persons. He served as the first openly transgender Solider in the U.S. military, and now works to educate people about LGBT health. “
Speaks on: health education, equal opportunity, LGBT issues
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Joe Jordan is an engaging and respected speaker and corporate trainer. He works with clients from the perspective that lasting changes in behavior only happen when people change the way they think. Joe provides clients with candid insights, practical strategies, and relevant examples that enable participants to quickly apply and use what they learn. At all organizational levels and in both corporate and not-for-profit environments, people appreciate his sense of humor, candor, and breadth of expertise.
“Joe does an outstanding job facilitating the course content, providing positive feedback, and keeping us on track.” – Dell
Speaks on: avoiding career derailment, business acumen, communication skills
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