Developing inspirational leaders and exceptional
team performance using powerful lessons
from the military, business and expeditions.

“Really inspirational” British Airways

Neil brings something that’s truly fresh and innovative” Kingfisher

“Highly motivational, entertaining and inspirational” AstraZeneca

“Invaluable lessons learnt” Bentley Motors

“Full on, insightful and first class” Cable & Wireless

Developing inspirational leaders and  exceptional team performance using powerful lessons from the military, business and expeditions.

“Really inspirational” British Airways

Neil brings something that’s truly fresh and innovative” Kingfisher

“Highly motivational, entertaining and inspirational” AstraZeneca

“Invaluable lessons learnt” Bentley Motors

“Full on, insightful and first class” Cable & Wireless

Biography

“What really impressed us (and our members) was Neil’s ability to completely tailor the presentation to our event. It was the polar opposite of an off the shelf presentation. Utterly professional, perfect delivery and 10/10 feedback from guests.

Ryan Heal, MD, Best of British Events Ltd

Neil Laughton at Vinson Summit

“What really impressed us (and our members) was Neil’s ability to completely tailor the presentation to our event. It was the polar opposite of an off the shelf presentation. Utterly professional, perfect delivery and 10/10 feedback from guests.

Ryan Heal, MD, Best of British Events Ltd

Neil Laughton is a successful business entrepreneur, multiple Guinness World Record breaking adventurer and a former Royal Marine Commando, helicopter pilot and Special Forces Officer.

During a varied business career he founded company’s in property development, construction, commercial interiors and office furniture, which were bought by a FTSE 100 in 2011. Since then Neil has focused on helping business leaders become more inspirational and their teams to deliver exceptional performance. He is the CEO of Laughton & Co Ltd, Director of Floating Developments Ltd, Founder of the Penny Farthing Club and Chairman of the charity Scientific Exploration Society.

Neil has a passion for travel, sport and adventure. He has organised and led more than 50 expeditions on 7 continents – by land, sea and air. He summited Mt Everest with Bear Grylls, circumnavigated the UK & Ireland on a jet ski and he piloted the world’s first road legal flying car on a 10,000 km journey from London to Timbuktu and across the Sahara Desert.

Experience

“Fantastic! What a great talk. It kept me up thinking, mind whirring and the feedback has been sensational.

Damian Stork, MD, The Buzz Recruitment Company

Neil Laughton Speaking at Tedx Brighton

“Fantastic! What a great talk. It kept me up thinking, mind whirring and the feedback has been sensational.

Damian Stork, MD, The Buzz Recruitment Company

Business leaders today are grappling with an ever-changing commercial landscape, never ending financial pressures and often employee engagement challenges. What is needed are inspirational leaders at many levels in the organisation and to deliver exceptional team performance if a company is to survive and thrive.

Neil has been a leadership and team development consultant for 10 years and a company director for 27. His business, military and expedition leadership experiences enable him to help people develop a more entrepreneurial and adventurous mindset, adopt good leadership and team-working principles and build a culture of trust and respect. It’s a concept he calls ‘Team Leadership’.

Neil has been delivering keynote speeches, workshops and experiential programmes internationally since 1996, to organisations including American Express, B&Q, BP, British Airways, Coca Cola, Network Rail, NHS, TEDx and Virgin Atlantic. Whether to a small group of business leaders in a Boardroom or an auditorium of thousands, Neil tailors every speaking engagement to fit the client’s brief so he’s a safe pair of hands for any meeting professional or event organiser.

Neil’s key topics for his ‘Team Leadership’ theories that help develop inspirational leaders and teams to deliver exceptional performance are:

Risk & Reward (Featuring a story of disaster & triumph on Mt Everest)

Planning & Preparation (Including a Special Forces mission planning failure & recovery operation)

Fear & Adversity (Describing a dramatic life or death rescue in the Bering Sea)

Innovation & Change (Regaling an extreme golf challenge that required blue sky thinking)

Leadership & Teamwork (An example of good leadership and teamwork during an audacious journey in a Flying Car)

Fantastic! What a great talk. It kept me up thinking, mind whirring and the feedback has been sensational” 

Damian Stork, Managing Director, The Buzz Recruitment Company

A quarter century of being adventurous…

South Downs Way 3-Wheel Challenge

2021

3 x “No Hands” Guinness World Records

2020

Lands End to John O’Groats in 11 days

2019

The Highest Dinner Party on Mt Everest

2018

Circumnavigation of Easter Island by SUP

2017

Circumnavigation of Ireland by jet-ski

2016

International Penny Farthing Polo Match

2015

Paddling across the Solent in a bathtub

2014

Sinai Desert crossing with NEET's kids

2013

100 km ski to the Geographic South Pole

2012

FTSE 100 company buys OPL Group

2011

Refurbishment of BAA HQ at Heathrow

2010

London to Timbuktu in a Flying Car

2009

King of the Dunes Expedition, Morocco

2008

‘Mission Everest’ with Bear Grylls

2007

Lost World Expedition, Venezuela

2006

Virgin Peaks Expedition, Greenland

2005

The Awesome 8 Extreme Golf Challenge

2004

HQ fit out for Rolls Royce Motor Cars

2003

Shackleton Expedition, Antarctica

2002

Mt Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak

2001

Circumnavigation of the UK by jet ski

2000

100 km ski to the Geographic North Pole

1999

Summit of Mt Everest with Bear Grylls

1998

Neil with a General Purpose Machine Gun

1997

‘The worst storm in 100 years’ on Everest

1996

Special Forces team in training

1995

‘”Inspirationalwas a word used often to describe your talk on our evaluation forms. You really set the scene for a very successful conference.”

Helen Falcon, Director, National Health Service

Videos

Neil Laughton Teaser

"Why you should hire me!"

Climbing Mount Everest

"Mission Accepted"​

To Timbuktu in a flying car

Flying for Heroes in Kenya

“Everyone really enjoyed hearing about your work as an expedition leader and mentor to under privileged youngsters which has inspired us all to do more to help others less fortunate than ourselves.”

John Askew, Senior Partner, SJP

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