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Modern storytellers sharing inspirational lessons from the field

The best explorers challenge the norm, push the boundaries of what is possible, and motivate others through their inspirational stories. They are shining examples of how to overcome physical and mental barriers with great fortitude to achieve the seemingly unachievable.

Using award-winning photographs and video, these modern storytellers share adventures from the field. Reporting on a wide range of human-interest and conservation topics, their keynotes offer relevant leadership lessons and management insights for the business community.

Here are six memorable speakers who translate lessons learned in the great outdoors into new rules and behaviours for the office and boardroom.

Tell us about your upcoming event, and we’ll provide a shortlist of adventure speakers for you.

Ann Daniels speaker

Ann Daniels: First woman in history to reach the North and South Poles as part of an all women team, who motivates women to achieve in the workplace.

Rob Lilwall speaker [Official]

Rob Lilwall: Hong Kong-based TV adventurer for National Geographic, famed for his three-year 30,000 mile “Cycling Home From Siberia” expedition.

Leon McCarron speaker

Leon McCarron: Specialist of long distance, human powered expeditions, film-maker and best-selling author of “The Road Headed West” (2014).

Paul Niel speaker

Paul Niel : Social entrepreneur, active angel investor, futurist and adventurer who has summited the highest mountain on every continent.

Charlie Walker speaker

Charlie Walker: Award-winning travel writer who shares lessons learnt from his inspirational 43,000 mile cycle through Europe, Africa and Asia.

Levison Wood speaker

Levison Wood: Former Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, journalist and explorer who undertook a world-first expedition to walk the length of the River Nile.







Former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon discusses why “whistleblowers are good for business”

Annie Machon was an MI5 officer when she became concerned about institutional failings in her workplace in 1997. Her best-selling book on the subject, “Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 and the Shayler Affair” was published in 2005. In an article for Natwest Business Sense, she explains how it could all have worked out differently, for her and her former employer – and why whistleblowers are good for business.

Annie believes that in a “don’t rock the boat, and just follow orders” environment there is no ventilation, no accountability and no staff federation. Consequently, this leads to a general consensus – a bullying “group think” mentality, which in turn can lead to mistakes being covered up rather than lessons learned, and then potentially down a dangerous moral slide.

She notes that this isn’t just applicable in the world of intelligence; in other sectors of work mistakes can be just as life threatening and the need for exposure just as great. However, Annie contends that “if employers institute a culture of trust and accountability, where employees with concerns can be fairly heard, the appropriate action taken, and justice done, the needs and imperatives behind whistleblowing would disappear.

Annie concludes by saying that “potential problems could be nipped in the bud, improving public trust and confidence in the probity of the organisation and avoiding all the bad publicity following a whistleblowing case.”

Click here to read the full article.

For more information on how to book Annie Machon as a keynote speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Listen to Charles Adler on the disruptive impact of crowd-funding and lessons learnt co-founding Kickstarter

Listen to Leo von Bülow-Quirk, Chartwell’s Managing Director (Europe), in conversation with Charles Adler, Kickstarter co-founder and former Head of Design. Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects; since their launch in 2009, 7.8 Million have pledged $2 Billion, funding 77,000 creative projects. As a pioneering thought leader in consumer engagement, agile development and user experience design, Charles offered his valuable insights into the following areas:

  1. How Kickstarter, and crowd-funding more broadly, has impacted the global business environment.
  2. The challenges he faced in helping lead Kickstarter through a phase of rapid growth.
  3. Key principles he implemented to aid the interaction between creators and backers.

Listen to the interview in full below.

For more information on how to book Charles Adler as a keynote speaker for your conference or client event, please get in touch with Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call on +44 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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