Jim Davies  OBE DL Co Founder of DWF LLP and High Sheriff of Merseyside 2016-2017

jim-daviesAt my age I have listened to very many  motivating speakers but I can honestly say that in 50 years as a lawyer I have not ever heard a more refreshing, honest and inspirational talk. Without doubt, everybody found it riveting but also importantly uplifting and totally relevant to the audience. Ian’s humour, modesty and generosity of spirit shone through and I can recommend Ian unreservedly.

I promise you that you will always remember his talk and benefit from his extraordinary experience ‘



Peter Windatt, BRI Business Recovery and Insolvency

peter-windattI met Ian at a talk he was giving that had been organised by Brethertons, solicitors, in Banbury last night.
I’ve already recommended him internally as a future speaker for BRI and I’d have no hesitation in commending him to all. His exploits are of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The lessons learned and willingly shared with the audience have echoes of the Barry Sheene quote “Don’t wait for your boat to come in – swim out and meet the bloody thing”.
Enjoyable and engaging. We could all do more.

Duncan Souster, Chief Executive Officer, Jubilee Sailing Trust

duncan-sousterIan was guest speaker at an event held to mark the 30th Anniversary, since its maiden voyage, of one of our iconic ships.  The story he tells is engaging, powerful, witty and challenging . It stirs emotion, but yet is also thought provoking.

Ian’s belief that ordinary people are capable of doing extra-ordinary things, aligns very much with our own values, and his own experiences at sea were of particular interest and empathy to our audience of  able-bodied and disabled transatlantic sailors.

Ian is a great motivational speaker, whom everyone would benefit from and enjoy listening to.

Lesley Sharpling, Work Experience Co-ordinator Oakgrove School

Image result for lesley sharpling oakgroveIt was my pleasure to welcome Ian at our one day event which was aimed at increasing confidence and equipping some of our more vulnerable students with skills which they will need at interview and in the workplace.

His easy manner and relaxed presentation helped to put the students at ease and he addressed them as young adults rather than school children.  He emphasised to the group that ordinary people can do extra ordinary things in life and this is so important as many students lack faith in their abilities.

The photographs were fantastic and showed both the beauty and hardships of such an endeavour. His message that to achieve great things you must commit yourself, work hard and make the most of opportunities was really valuable and this was taken on board by many of the students.

It was brilliant that Ian then stayed on and encouraged the group in their Team Building Exercise which he then kindly judged.  He even had a smile and some enthusiasm from the student had been determined not to enjoy the workshop at all!

Frank Smethers, Director, Spectrum Linguistics & Performance Development Limited

frank_400x400Truly inspirational, Ian has a delivery style which captivates and draws you in from the start, taking you along on the journey in every aspect, a story of motivation, endurance, set-backs, teamwork and personal integrity along with Human relationships, belief, courage and did I mention Teamwork? You will not fail to be moved to change some aspect of what you are doing or thinking. If you get the chance, I urge you to go along.


David Webster, Partner Woodfines Solicitors

davidwebsterI had the pleasure of listening to Ian’s after dinner speech at a recent function run for a Daycare Hospice. What impressed me was the seamless way in which he interwove his own transatlantic rowing experiences and emotions with the aims and purposes of the Hospice, making the evening not only entertaining but meaningful. I would heartily recommend him to anyone looking for a motivational speaker.

John Carolan, Head of Buying & Design, Sainsburys

JOhnSainsburyresizedIan’s presentation of his Atlantic Experience to 100+ Sainsburys Buyers Merchandisers and Designers was amazing, powerful, mindful and exceptional. I’ve seen and heard many speakers over the years but never one that has excited and held an audience so much and related it back to the business context in the way that Ian’s experience did.

The relationship he formed with our audience and the impact it’s had on them has been profound . It certainly has nailed a lot for me as well in how to frame and focus on what is key for me and the business to drive the way forward.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Ian’s story and presentation to back up and strengthen any topic in your business to make your boat go faster…..

Thanks Ian !!

Simon Williams, Head of Merchandising, Sainsburys

simon williamsIan is a truly inspiring and engaging man who has so positively impacted on the dynamic of my teams. His story is so real and so relevant no matter what business you are in or where you feel focus is needed, I guarantee working with Ian will be a positive experience.

Sasha Qadri: Editor/Presenter MeetTheBoss TV

sashaIan delivered a superb, witty and very interesting keynote speech.

What he also did brilliantly was weave all the key business themes of our summit seamlessly into his rowing narrative.

In the process, he connected with everyone in the room both on a business level and a personal one.