Stuart Tootal Keynote Speaker

  • Commanded 1,200 British troops in most intense fighting since Falklands War
  • Decorated for "outstanding leadership"
  • Head of global security for leading UK banking group

Stuart Tootal's Biography

As Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA), Stuart Tootal DSO commanded the UK’s first battle group to deploy to Southern Afghanistan in 2006. Stuart’s 1,200 strong battle group was tasked with providing security to reconstruction efforts, a deployment the Ministry of Defence hoped would pass without a shot being fired.

In fact, during their six month deployment, Stuart’s men saw near continuous combat – one gruelling battle after another – in what would become one of the most extraordinary campaigns ever fought by British troops. Around parched, dusty outposts reliant on a limited number of helicopters for food and ammunition resupply, troops were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks, as well as energy-sapping 50 degree heat and spartan conditions. At the end of the tour, the Taliban offensive had been tactically defeated. But 3 PARA paid a high price: fourteen soldiers and one interpreter were killed, and 46 wounded.

Stuart Tootal is now Head of Global Security for a major financial services provider.

Read More

Videos of Stuart Tootal

On his military influences (2010)
On his military influences (2010)
Insight with Stuart Tootal: Afghanistan (2009)
Insight with Stuart Tootal: Afghanistan (2009)

Check Stuart Tootal's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…

    Close

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Mark Leonard Speaker
    Exclusive
    Mark Leonard
    Expert on Geopolitics and Geoeconomics
    Bill Emmott Speaker
    Exclusive
    Bill Emmott
    Writer and Adviser on International Affairs
    Radek Sikorski Speaker
    Exclusive
    Radek Sikorski
    Senior Statesman and Expert in Geopolitics
    Arlene Foster
    Arlene Foster Speaker
    Exclusive
    Arlene Foster
    First Minister of Northern Ireland on two occasions (between 2016-21) and Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (2015-21)
    Lara Setrakian Speaker
    Exclusive
    Lara Setrakian
    Journalist and Trust Expert
    Shazeda Ahmed Speaker
    Exclusive
    Shazeda Ahmed
    Expert on China's social credit system
    Thomas J. Wright Speaker
    Exclusive
    Thomas J. Wright
    Incisive analyst of geopolitics and foreign policy
    Edward Lucas Speaker
    Exclusive
    Edward Lucas
    Independent Expert in European and Transatlantic security
    Matthew Goodwin Speaker
    Exclusive
    Matthew Goodwin
    Leading authority on UK and European politics
    Ryan Hass Speaker
    Exclusive
    Ryan Hass
    Top Level Adviser on International Relations - US and Asia