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Motivational speaking


A motivational speaker can provide an additional dimension to your event or staff development programme.

At Carnegie Great Outdoors, we are honoured to work alongside Dave Bunting MBE and John Allan PhD. Dave and John have spoken at numerous conferences and events and has inspired hundreds of individuals with their stories.

We will work closely with you to identify the aims and objectives of your event in order to make sure you get the best speaker for you. 

If you are interested in booking Dave or John to speak at your next event, please contact us.

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Dave BuntingDave’s presentation is an inspirational account of his experiences planning and leading the expedition in which he led a team of elite climbers to become the first British team to climb the formidable and rarely attempted West Ridge of Mount Everest. It is a riveting and awe-inspiring account of the leadership skills and determination necessary to select the right team, motivate and engage them and build a shared vision that will enable them to reach their goal.

Dave paints an extraordinary picture of successful teamwork, tough decision-making, personal challenge and enduring friendship in the most extreme environments. With stunning images from the rare vantage point of the West Ridge of Mount Everest, it is a presentation that will inspire, move, entertain and leave a lasting impression.

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John AllanAs an academic and adventure education practitioner, John Allan PhD leads undergraduate, post-graduate programmes and supervises doctoral students in Outdoor Education and Psychology. His area of research centres on educational and systems-based positive psychology and resilience building. Resilience is the inherent and learned adaptive capabilities we are able to utilise in difficult circumstances. The emergence of the field of positive psychology and resilience has led to an increasing focus on preventative and proactive approaches to well-being and strength-based functioning in contrast to traditional deficit-focused models that explicitly target symptoms of ill-health, problematic behaviours and learning challenges.

John’s evidence-based practices have underpinned programmes specifically designed to build the resilience of individuals and group across different sectors of health, education, public services and business. These system-based programmes have enabled people to understand and recognise their competencies and utilise strategies to raise aspirations, deal with stress in periods of transition and sustain capabilities across contexts. On-going research outputs include international and national journal publications, book chapters, key note addresses, conference symposiums and presentations.

John has a huge passion for the outdoors. He provided sports science support (psychological strength-based functioning) for the Everest West Ridge 2006 Expedition, undertaking two trips to the Himalayas and was Deputy Leader on a University staff/student expedition to the Everest region in 2009. He is an active member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning, and British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). 

  • Royal Mail
  • Amazon
  • Mountain Rescue
  • PepsiCo UK
  • Adidas UK
  • Unilever
  • Capgemini
  • Superdrug
  • Fox’s Biscuits
  • NHS / Tribal Group Ltd
  • Spectrum Brands
  • Royal Geographical Society, London
  • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
  • British Compressed Gas Association (BCGA)
  • Battle Back Centre, Lilleshall
  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
  • The Royal British Legion
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • GB Swimming Team
  • Outdoor Show 2008 – NEC, Birmingham
  • West Yorkshire Sports Partnerships
  • Sports Awards events for Wigan, Cumbria and Stockport
  • Harrow School
  • Leeds Beckett University

Very easy to listen to, he has a great mix between informative and humorous. His subject matter was inspirational and crucially, is also relevant to a business context.

Ken Paul, Senior Manager, Capgemini

Dave took the participants on our programme up the mountain with him through a series of images, videos and descriptions. He very naturally and effectively linked this into leadership and got across some important learning lessons. His tale was inspirational for us and the slight twist in the tale deepened the learning. He was able to spend the entire day with us, which was great in terms of participants being able to talk further to him and to run networking sessions. Had we realised how good he was we would actually have built further group work sessions around his presentation.

Director, Tribal Group Ltd

Dave Bunting is a great mountaineer, exceptional leader and truly inspirational speaker, who is equally at home talking Leadership Development or Outdoor and Adventure.

Professor Carlton Cooke, Leeds Beckett University
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