“Neil is trying very hard but achieving very little” stated an early school report. Despite this inauspicious outlook, he was commissioned into the Royal Marines, qualified as a helicopter pilot and served 12 years in UK Special Forces (21 SAS). He subsequently founded a construction company which grew to £40 million turnover before being sold to a FTSE 100 company in 2011.
As a Director of Laughton & Co, he works with individuals and businesses helping them develop their powers of discovery, teamwork and adventure (www.laughton.co). He is also Chairman of the Scientific Exploration Society and Founder of the Penny Farthing Club.
Neil has a passion for travel, sport and adventure. He has organised and led more than 50 adventurous expeditions on 7 continents by land, sea and air. He climbed Mt Everest with Bear Grylls, was the first person to circumnavigate 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. Neil has Guinness World Records for riding a Penny Farthing bicycle with ‘no hands’ and for hosting the world’s highest black tie dinner party.
Neil’s first public speaking engagement was in October 1996 when he gave a personal account of surviving the “worst storm in 100 years” whilst in the Death Zone on Mt Everest. Since then, he has spoken to audiences of up to 2000 people and for organisations including American Express, AstraZeneca, BP, British Airways, Coca Cola, Cunard, Fitness First, Network Rail, NHS, RNLI and TEDx. Neil is available for the following types of speaking events:
- Conference Keynotes
- After Dinner Talks
- Business Workshops
- School Speech Days
- Event Compèring
- Virtual Presentations