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Sue Stockdale

Sue Stockdale is an inspirational speaker, whose achievements in business and adventure have inspired 1000s of leaders worldwide to step out of their comfort zone and achieve extraordinary results. Using dramatic images, and thought-provoking anecdotes, Sue encourages people to not just think…. but also, to take action.

Using a unique combination of knowledge and experience gained from elite sport, polar adventure and business, Sue brings an incredibly informative, intelligent and professional delivery.

Her story is unusual and inspiring. Sue’s thirst for adventure began at 22 years old when she joined a three-month expedition to Northern Kenya, where amongst a group of young people from around the world, she climbed Matthews Peak, (1860m) trekked with camels and carried out community projects. Having realised she was capable of more than she imagined possible, Sue spotted an advert in the newspaper in 1996 stating “Wanted – 10 novice arctic explorers”. She sent off for details, and the brochure arrived showing all photos of male explorers with the caption “Are you man enough for the Ultimate Challenge?”
This made Sue determined to win a place in the team, and she was eventually selected from over 500 applicants to join the expedition led by renowned explorer David Hempleman-Adams. After a 30-day journey in one of the most extreme environments in the world, Sue went on to become the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole. Sue then followed up this success with expeditions to Chile, Antarctica, Geographical North Pole and Greenland, and in 2005 was recognised as a Pioneer to the Nation by HM the Queen.
Sue has also been an accomplished athlete, having represented Scotland in athletics where she learned about the importance of determination, focus and never giving up. This was put to the test when she finished runner-up in Channel 4’s Superhuman, undergoing some of the toughest scientific challenges ever seen on TV.

In business Sue has also had her fair share of excitement, as her career included a period with the United Nations in a war zone. As a coach and leadership consultant she has worked with over 300 organisations and 15,000 leaders, including FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 companies, leaders in Olympic sports, and non-profit organisation worldwide, as well as speaking at leading business schools on motivation, risk and leadership.

Sue has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and MSc in Quality Management and is an author, having written seven books including Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs, Risk, The Personality Workbook, and Cope with Change at Work.

Recent feedback on her presentations includes:

"It's a pleasure to work with Sue - she is professional, responsive and down-to-earth. Her presentations (and stories) are not only fascinating and inspiring, but also extremely relevant for business leadership/team-building. Sue is an excellent speaker and able to tailor her presentations to ensure they are relevant for all audiences." Mei-Kuen Tsui, Corporate Communications, Dell

Speaker Type

Adventurers, Business Motivational speakers, Communication, Diversity, Entrepreneurs, Leadership, Sporting / Olympic Motivational Speakers, Teamwork

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