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This year we are pleased to announce high calibre speakers and hosts for your entertainment:


Sir Ranulph Fiennes 3rd Baronet, OBE

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

There are not many who can say they have experienced -90c temperatures, conquered the ‘White Nile’ and all while raising millions of pounds for charity in the process. In 1984 Sir Ranulph Fiennes was described as the ‘world’s greatest living explorer’ by the Guiness Book of Records and you would struggle to find any argument with that statement.

Sir Ranulph began his route in to the history books during 1969 when he led a British expedition on the ‘White Nile’. This African excursion was just the beginning for Fiennes whose other conquests include; ‘The Transglobe North Polar Unsupported Expedition’, ‘Ubar Expedition, Pentland South Pole Expedition’ and ‘The North Face of the Eiger & Everest’.

One of Fiennes most recent trips saw the great explorer lead a six-strong-team attempting to become the first group to walk across Antarctica during ‘The Southern Winter.’ Such a highly dangerous expedition required five years of planning and was quickly titled ‘The Coldest Journey’. The southern winter is an example of some of nature’s harshest conditions. The seven month period (between March and September) notoriously experiences no sunlight and temperatures dropping as low as -90c.

Proving just how dangerous the expeditions are Fiennes ‘Coldest Journey’ had to be cut short. The explorer was forced to evacuate the trip after becoming exposed to a severe form of frost bite. However his commitment to raising money and awareness for chosen charities meant that the Antarctic expedition still raised $10 million dollars for ‘Seeing is Believing’, a charity seeking to fight blindness and visual impairment.    

In 1993 Sir Ranulph’s outstanding achievements saw him awarded an OBE for ‘Human Endeavour and Charitable Services’. He also received the accolade of ‘The Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award’.

This truly remarkable man is now delivering an insight in to the values he believes made his teams successful even under the most dangerous and difficult of circumstances. Within his talks he draws analogies between nature’s most dangerous challenges and the very real day to day business challenges most of us mere mortals face every day.   

Louise Minchin Awards Host

Louise Minchin

Louise Minchin is one of the BBC’s top journalists and presenters. As a news anchor, Louise Minchin regularly presents Breakfast on BBC One.

Louise also presents Sunday Life on BBC with Colin Jackson which is broadcast at 10am on Sunday mornings from Yorkshire.

Louise has also presented Missing Live with Rav Wilding and In The Know with John Inverdale, both on BBC One.

During her career as a news presenter, Louise Minchin has covered many of the major news stories from the last decade including the 7/7 bombings and she presented BBC One's Ten O'clock News on the day Saddam Hussein was executed.

Born in Hong Kong, Louise trained as a journalist at the London College of Printing. She has a degree in Spanish from the University of St Andrews and spent a year living and working in Latin-America as part of her degree.

Louise first started at the BBC as a production assistant at The World Service, and the Today programme.

Louise went on to spend five years presenting on Five Live on shows such as Sport on Five, Drive and Breakfast. Louise then moved to the BBC News Channel.

In 2007, she made a documentary “Darcey’s Swansong” about the retirement of Britain’s most famous ballerina, broadcast on BBC World and BBC News.

Louise has played herself as a news presenter in both Spooks, and Silent Witness.  Louise is married with two children.

Louise Minchin is a highly skilled conference facilitator/chair and has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad. 

Sean Fitzpatrick Sportsman & Ex Rugby International

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick is recognised as one of the greatest international rugby players of all time and one of the world's most successful sportsmen.

His extraordinary international career began with his debut for New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team in 1986 against France.
Fitzpatrick holds the world record for playing in 63 consecutive Test matches and is the world’s most capped hooker.

He was appointed captain of the All Blacks in 1992 and played in 121 international matches, including 92 Test matches (a New Zealand record). Sean also holds the record for most Test matches as an All Black captain (51) and has played in more Test match victories (74) than any other player.

Sean Fitzpatrick led New Zealand to a series win over the touring British Lions in 1993 and also led the All Blacks to a clean sweep in the first Tri-Nations tournament in 1996. He became the first New Zealander to captain a Test series win in South Africa.

Only a year after his international debut, Sean was a member of the All Blacks team who won the 1987 Rugby World Cup. He missed only two Test matches over the next decade and went on to become the second-most capped New Zealand player of all time.

He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997. At the end of 1999, Sean Fitzpatrick was named as hooker in Rugby World magazine’s Team of the Century. In March 1999 Sean was appointed as ‘Rugby Consultant’ to the NZRFU responsible for player development and liaison. 

Sean is now based in the United Kingdom where is an active rugby pundit and newspaper columnist.

As one of the greatest All Blacks captains, Sean is available to deliver anecdotal after-dinner and keynote motivational speeches.

As a leadership, teamwork and motivational speaker, Sean uses rugby as a starting point, and allows the audience to think about where and how insights into playing the game at the highest level can be applied to their business and everyday situations.

Sean has penned a number of books, his most recent is Winning Matters. In a candid, conversational tone, Sean reflects on the key moments and meetings of his life, identifying everyday values, beliefs and principles that have driven him, both on and off the pitch.  

Part autobiography, part self-help, part business how-to, Winning Matters offers an understanding of what makes him tick - his strategies for success in all aspects of life, and how we can all learn from them. It's an easy but inspirational guide to being the best you can be. 

Brian Moore

Brian Moore

Born in Birmingham, January 1962, Moore was educated at Nottingham University - LLB(Hons) and is a qualified solicitor.

During his career, he played for Harlequins, Nottingham, Leeds and represented England.

In the early 1990s Brian Moore, or 'Pitbull', as he was better known to many, was the archetypal front-row rugby player.

His crooked front teeth, described by England colleague Paul Rendall as "the kind you get from a DIY shop and hammer in yourself", purveyed a "don't mess with me" image that left many an opponent quaking in his boots.

Notorious on the pitch for winding up opposition forwards - and the French in particular - in the scrum, Moore was always willing to throw himself whole-heartedly into the thick of the action.

He won a total of 64 caps between 1987 and 1995. He played in three Rugby World Cups including the World Cup final against Australia at Twickenham in 1991. He was member of the England side that won Grand Slams in 1991, 1992 and 1995, and was a Test series winner with the Lions in Australia 1989.

In 1990 he was voted Rugby World Player of the Year.

'Pitbull' Moore belongs to the band of rugby players who are almost as well-known by their nicknames as by their given names, but the true origins of the hooker's pseudonym are somewhat unclear.

Brian recalls "My nickname came from Wade Dooley, the Blackpool policeman (and former England lock), I don't know why he came up with it particularly”

"Some said it was a remarkable resemblance to the horrible beasts. Others said it was because of an attitude of never wanting to let go of something once you'd got hold of it!”

He was a mainstay of the England front row during his International career, missing just 4 of 66

Internationals from his debut against Scotland in 1987 until his final game versus France in 1995.

Since retiring, Moore has been a regular media commentator and pundit on the sport, and is admired for his forthright views and style.



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Location: Royal Armouries, Leeds

Date: Thursday 19th October 2017

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