Alan Chambers

A highly professional, motivational speaker with years of experience, Alan Chambers has been to the North Pole no less than 11 times, motivated both the English Rugby World cup winning team in 2003 and the English Cricket Ashes team to regain the Ashes in 2005 after 18 years as well as Team GB in 2012.

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Alan Chambers joined the Royal Marine Commandos at the age of 16 and spent the next 16 years as a Royal Marine Commando. He trained as a Parachutist, Diver and Paramedic and operated in Jungle, Desert Arctic and Urban environments.

Since then Alan has travelled the world over 50 countries; cycled across Europe for charity; became one of a 4 man team who became the first and only team in the world to traverse Iceland in the winter 850km with Princess Diana as their Patron; spent 5 years training and living with the Inuit Eskimos in the North West Territories of Canada and became the first Marine to visit the grave of the Marine who died on the 1845 Franklin Expedition who are buried on Beechy Island.

In 2000 Alan led the first British Team unsupported to the Geographical North Pole from Canada over 1000km in 70 days. Prince Phillip was their patron. The documentary was shown on Discovery channel over 20 times and generated over 20 million pounds of publicity for their sponsor Diageo Johnny Walker for whom he became a global brand ambassador and board member of the JW Fund.

Alan was awarded the MBE in 2000 for effective leadership in constant adversity.

He has returned to the Geographic North Pole a further 10 times leading teams 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 ,2013.  In 2009 he led a team to the South Pole across Antarctica followed by a team across Greenland from Coast to Coast 600km and launched the UK's largest education based expedition in 2008.

In 2010 Alan took his 9 year old son, Oliver, to the North Pole and became the youngest father & son to stand at the top of the world.

Not one to sit still later that year, Alan led a team up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Then Alan conceptualised and launched Extreme classrooms - changing disaffected children's lives through adventure with business and sporting mentors to guide them.

Several documentaries then followed with the Coldest Classroom on Earth at 78 degrees North in 2011 a BBC documentary which was made and shown to over 97 million and the Hottest Classroom on Earth through Africa's Rift Valley in 2012, a BBC documentary which was shown 6 times to over 100 million viewers.

Through Polar expeditions, Alan has raised £5 million for charities.

He has created 6 more extreme classrooms around the world, leading the Highest classroom in October 2013 - leading the team to summit Kala Phattar Mountain at 5200m in the Himalayas.  BBC1 are making a two part documentary... the other extreme classrooms are Lowest, Wettest, Driest, Hardest and Softest. The hardest is sponsored by the WRU and the RFU as we are using rugby and rugby international mentors as the vehicle for development in New Zealand.

Alan participated and completed the Yukon Arctic Ultra challenge in January 2013.

He is a Brand ambassador for Downing Street Number 10 GREAT campaign... through Adventure is Great. Linked to Visit Britain, this has ongoing visibility and profile for the next 3 years.

Alan is also a global accomplished motivational and leadership speaker, speaking over 70 times a year to all major sectors in industry finance medicine sport and mainstream commerce.

He also has a best-selling leadership book - Keep Walking.

Previous talks have included:

2003 -Selected to be motivational speaker for Clive Woodward to the England Rugby World cup winning team.

2005 - Selected as motivational speaker by Duncan Fletcher for the England Cricket Ashes team who regained the Ashes after 18 years.

2012 - Spoke to Team GB night before they moved in to the Olympic Village about relentless focus.

2013 - Spoke to the English Institute of sport Boxing Squad

Alan has been made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London.

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