Lee Spencer Keynote Speaker

  • World Record Holder for Rowing the Atlantic solo from Europe to South America
  • Part of the first disabled crew to Row any Ocean and Holder of 4 Guinness World Records
  • Former Royal Marine Commando

Lee Spencer's Biography

Lee Spencer BEM, grew up in very difficult circumstances in a home dominated by alcoholism and violence and despite being told that he wasn’t what they were looking for, joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1992. He completed operational tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq where he led a section in the first wave on the assault of the Al Faw peninsula. Lee then served as a troop Sergeant before qualifying for special duties and subsequently undertook 3 tours of Afghanistan working in an undercover and covert role within the Human Intelligence sphere.

In January 2014 whilst helping motorists who had crashed into a motorway central reservation, Lee lost his right leg below the knee having been hit by debris from a further crash. Conscious throughout, Lee was able to utilise his military training to save his own life by instructing a passer-by to apply a tourniquet. Lee was awarded the High Chief Constables award for his selfless actions on the night.

In 2015 as a crew member of Row2Recovery’s all amputee crew of four, Lee rowed across the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua and into the Guinness world record books, as the first physically disabled crew of four to row any ocean.

In January 2019, Lee set off from Portimão, Portugal to attempt rowing solo and unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America. 60 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes later, he rowed into Cayenne, French Guiana not only becoming the first physically disabled person to do so and completing the longest solo row of any disabled person, he beat the able bodied record by an astonishing 36 days: A further 3 Guinness World Records. In December 2019 Lee was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to charity having raised over a quarter of a million pounds.

A natural and engaging speaker, Lee’s incredible personal story of courage, determination leadership and overcoming adversity has captivated a range of audiences: From business conferences to after dinner gala events, from festivals to elite and national sports teams including the England senior men’s team in their pre 2018 World Cup training camp.

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Lee Spencer's Speaking Topics

• Overcoming adversity and building resilience (Failure)

From being told that I wasn’t what the Marines were looking for, to qualifying for Special Duties, to losing my leg and then breaking 4 Guinness World Records

• Instilling a positive mindset

Losing my leg and then rowing the Atlantic twice and other challenges

• Determination

I beat the able bodied record for rowing solo across the Atlantic with one leg

• Unconscious bias surrounding disability

Not defined by Disability

• Leadership and dealing with pressure

I led a section in war that was the point section for an entire invasion (160,000 coalition soldiers were waiting for us to clear our objectives)

• Teamwork

Having been part of a team all my career to one of the most isolated humans on the planet for 60 days

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Videos of Lee Spencer

Speaking PROMO 23
Speaking PROMO 23
Lee Spencer Corporate & Motivational Speaker
Lee Spencer Corporate & Motivational Speaker
Lee Spencer preps for start of record row attempt
Lee Spencer preps for start of record row attempt

Comments & Testimonials

You’ve inspired thousands if not millions of people. Anyone who comes up against struggles on a day-to-day basis.
HRH The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry
There were some brilliant and inspirational stories shared and when those guys walk in it has a big impact on the group.
Gareth Southgate England Football manager
Lee (Frank) Spencer is one of the most inspirational people I have ever encountered. I offer Lee my highest possible unreserved recommendation and fully endorse him as a powerful and authentic speaker who will touch both the hearts and minds of any audience.
Scotty Mills Published Author, Global Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, Leadership and Culture Specialist
Your talk was one of the most inspirational ones that I have listened to. I would recommend anyone looking for an exceptional motivational speaker to look no further than you sir.
Peter Haig Senior Project Manager, MACE Group
Lee delivered what was by far one of the most inspirational and motivational stories I’ve heard. His effortless ability to engage with the audience is incredible. He is really a remarkable man with a remarkable story.
Brian Gilvary Chief Financial Officer, BP

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