Ben’s Story

“I was acutely aware that until now, the closest I had been to a desert was a short holiday to Tunisia. All of my training had been conducted in the UK’s wet, cold mountains and here I was about to lead 35 soldiers on operations in the deserts of southern Iraq.”

As a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Ben completed two tours of duty in Iraq as a Captain in the British Army. It was during his first tour in 2003, aged just 23 years old, he had to ask the unthinkable of two young soldiers. That experience and reflecting on what made them do as he asked caused the passion that Ben has for leadership to burn even stronger.

“It is not what we say or do in the moment that inspires people to follow us. It is our actions in the preceeding days, weeks, months, even years that enable us to make big requests of those that we lead.“

Leaving the Army in 2006, Ben then moved into business as Global Head of HR, World Challenge, later part of Tui Travel and followed this with a period in the Tesco Leadership Academy. During this seven year period Ben focussed relentlessly on blending his military leadership skills with those required in the corporate environment whilst studying in great depth how adults learn and create new habits.

Ben believes that the greatest leaders have an insatiable appetite for learning and this is an area where he truly lives what he preaches. His passion for self improvement, military and corporate experience, coupled with his understanding of how adults actually learn means that Ben brings a truly unique approach to his work as a leadership mentor and keynote speaker.

“It is not good enough for leaders to practice what we preach. We must live what we preach.“

Alongside his military and corporate career, he has also led expeditions around the world to places as diverse as the Himalaya’s, Malaysia and the Mongolian Steppe country.

Ben now works exclusively with senior and executive teams to help them be the most effective version of themselves as individual leaders whilst also becoming a genuine, high performing leadership team.

“Everyone we lead is the most important person in someone else’s life.“

Leadership is less about the tools and models and more about understanding what it really means to be a leader.

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