Manley Hopkinson – Keynote Speaker

Former Naval Officer and Skipper in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Great Reevaluation Resignation
  • Business
  • Change Transformation
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Motivational
  • Sustaining high performance
  • Strategy
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Delivering rapid and lasting cultural change


  • English


Manley Hopkinson is a highly successful extreme adventure, speaker and author. His endurance and expertise in his polar and sailing explorations is one that he now uses to inspire change and development in the world of business. An internationally acclaimed and admired inspirational and motivational speaker, Manley uses powerful metaphors to enliven the topics of leadership, ‘team-ship’ and ‘self-ship’ all with a focus on delivering high performance. With the core of his talks revolving around his phenomenal experiences, Manley develops the personal themes of fulfilling your team’s potential and achieving far beyond your own perceived abilities, as well as drawing on numerous leadership and team development lessons; give a team a real sense of purpose and direction, motivate and inspire them and it is incredible what can be achieved.

Manley’s strength lies in creating and developing the transformational leadership behaviours needed for people, organisations and sporting teams to perform at a high level, consistently. Aligning leaders, executive teams and the wider community to the strategic intent enables true delegation, leveraged effort, effective decision making and high performance at all levels.

He led a team of volunteers, including novices, for 9 months in a 32,000-mile journey, the ‘wrong way’ round! Manley continued his adventures as part of the 3-man team that won the inaugural race to the Magnetic North Pole. The team faced polar bear attacks, and sub-zero temperatures, learning huge lessons about both surviving and competing in difficult circumstances – their record time of 10 days and 9 hours still stands. In 2014, Manley published “Compassionate Leadership: How to Create and Maintain Engaged, Committed and High-Performing Teams”. In this book, Manley combines the two worlds of business and adventure to encourage leaders everywhere – at work, at home, in sports and mid-ocean – to take a new approach to creating teams of developed, selfaware and committed individuals.

Manley subsequently applies his leadership experience to great effect, designing and delivering a number of successful cultural change programs and sitting on the Board of organisations globally, including ATLAS Consortium, HP Defense UK and Ark Data Centres.

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