Claire Lomas – Keynote Speaker

British campaigner, fundraiser, motivational speaker and former event rider

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Specialist Subjects

  • Mental Health
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Motivation
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Disability
  • Team Work
  • Inspiration
  • Change
  • Resilience


  • English


Many doors had slammed closed, and it was difficult for Claire Lomas not to dwell on all she had lost. If she was going to move forwards, she needed to dig deep to find the strength, determination and courage to rebuild her life. She did just that- to an unforeseeable and extraordinary degree. Claire had a career as a chiropractor and she had just reached the highest level in the sport of eventing, when a collision with a tree in 2007 left her with catastrophic injuries. She dislocated her spine, fractured her neck and ribs, punctured a lung and was fighting for her life in intensive care.

The dislocation resulted in severe spinal cord damage and Claire became paralysed from the chest down. Her life changed in a split second. She went from an active sportswomen whose dreams were coming true and goals were set high to a life where Claire faced huge daily obstacles which ever direction she turned. The simplest of tasks were now hugely challenging. As well as losing the use of two-thirds of her body, she was forced to say good-bye to her sport, her career and then her four year relationship ended too. Claire felt at rock bottom; both her confidence and self-esteem were at an all time low. Not many months after her accident, Claire started to work again, ableit very different to what she used to do and she found enjoyment in a new sport – skiing. Gradually, bit by bit she pieced her life back together.

In 2012, Claire Lomas made headline news all over the world as she walked the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit. It took a gruelling 17 days and raised a staggering £220k for charity. The following year, Claire completed a 400 mile handcycle around parts of England, visiting schools on the way to teach hundreds of pupils some valuable life lessons, raising another £85k for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

Claire Lomas became known as the ‘bionic woman’ as she completed the Great North Run whilst 16 weeks pregnant taking her 5 days, the Great South Run which she walked throughout the night and the Greater Manchester Marathon where she managed to reach the finish line in 9 days, smashing her former record by 8 days. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her numerous fundraising efforts, she is married to Dan who she met just a year after her accident, has two daughters, is the author of two books, has spoken at hundreds of events worldwide and has become a highly thought of female motivational speaker, gained her motorcycle race licence and private pilot’s licence.

Unsurprisingly, Claire Lomas is often the only female and only wheelchair user at the airfield or on the track but there is one thing for sure, she loves pushing the boundaries. There is no stopping her. Claire is constantly challenging her limits. She has not let her disability define her but it has certainly redefined her, achieving some unimaginable feats and consequently inspiring people all over the world. Claire does not believe the sky is the limit.

Popular Talks by Claire Lomas

Mental Health

Claire also talks openly about mental health, not only how she turned the corner following a catastrophic injury but the journey she has been on with her husband, Dan, after he was diagnosed with severe OCD. She powerfully explores the difficulties and complexities of mental health illnesses from both prospectives, and how their approach to recovery was very different. Dan has been a key member of Claire’s challenges and supported Claire during some of the devastating days in the early days post injury but then roles reversed and she helped Dan. Although there were times where their marriage has been hanging on by a thread due to the impact of a mental illness, this has been team work at it’s best.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion is another theme Claire is passionate about. Developing a culture where disabled people feel included, valued and supported is certainly advancing but there is room for improvement. It is through the various adaptions and inclusivity that Claire has this incredible story to share; she can fly or ride a motorbike without even looking like she has a disability and complete marathons with the mass participants yet the most basic of tasks can still be a struggle, such as using public transport or entering a building. Claire can tailor her presentation to include the positivity that diversity and inclusion can bring as well as the unconscious bias against those with a disability. Unconscious bias against disabled people appeared to be higher than any other social group, in fact one in three people tend to think of disabled people as not as productive as everyone else. Claire’s session will help people see past a disability. ‘Diversity is a fact and Inclusion is an act.’

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