During 16 years service with Her Majesty's Royal Marine Commandos Alan operated in the deserts, jungles and frozen tundra’s of the planet, travelling the world visiting over forty countries. He is formally qualified as a diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor.
After spending five years researching, planning and training, Alan led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole. After a grueling seventy days on the ice, Alan and team mate, Charlie Paton, raised the Union Jack on top of the world at 23:16 hours on 16th May 2000.
Only one in one hundred and fifty thousand people ever attempt to walk to the North Pole unsupported. Through determination, guile, resolute planning and motivation they succeeded against all odds. The ten-week expedition, which left the team ten days overdue suffering extreme body weight loss and dwindling food supplies, was a catalyst for the future for Alan. Upon return from the top of the world Alan, aged 32, was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for Determined Leadership in Constant Adversity.
Alan is now an accomplished inspirational speaker who has worked with Microsoft, BP, WH Smiths, Nokia and Yahoo to name a few. Alan presently delivers tailor-made talks and workshops for teams communication, winning beliefs, teamwork and leadership.
SPEAKING TOPICS – Leadership, Teamwork, Overcoming Adversity, Change, Motivation
"An inspirational presentation that has motivated and focused my team. Alan's experiences has many links to the business world and provided learning for us all, particularly when leading/ managing in a challenging market." Nigel Marsh, Managing Director, Medacs Healthcare
"I think it was one of the best presentations I have ever seen and I know the team feel the same way." Rooney Anand, CEO, Greene King Brewing Company
"Inspirational - He's a genuine hero." Charles Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse