Motivational speaker, Damian Hughes, is the author of eight best selling books including Liquid Thinking. His other publications include Liquid Leadership, The Survival Guide to Change and Change Catalyst. Damian is the founder of LiquidThinker, the inspirational consultancy. His organisation takes the methods used by great leaders and achievers and shows how these can be applied to business, teams and individuals to achieve success.
Damian is a former England schoolboy footballer and Manchester United football coach. He was a Human Resource Director for Unilever, where he led a turn around in performance at the UK’s oldest manufacturing site in Port Sunlight. He went on to carry out similar work in Africa and US.
Through his consultancy, LiquidThinker Ltd, Damian helps a wide range of organisations in both the commercial and public sector to develop change catalysts, inspiring leaders and great thinkers. He also works with professional sports teams, including GB Rugby League team, Warrington Wolves Rugby League and Olympic winning boxers. Damian uses his expertise to help build both a winning environment and mindset.
He has also run a Manchester inner-city youth club, Collyhurst and Moston which has helped reduce crime and help many young people find a purpose in their lives. Nominated for the William Hill Sports book of the year award for his biography of boxing great Sugar Ray Robinson, Damian has also co-authored a critically acclaimed biography of boxing legend, Thomas Hearns in Hitman: the Thomas Hearns Story. He was appointed as a Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2010.
His innovative and exciting approach has been praised by Sir Richard Branson and Muhammad Ali. He has also received endorsements from Sir Terry Leahy, Tiger Woods, Jonny Wilkinson and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Damian is much in demand as an inspirational speaker and feedback includes:
“We used Damian as our main speaker at our conference, he made such a lasting impact on the attitude and behaviours of managers that we invited him back. The nervousness in using a speaker two years in a row is that they say the same things just differently. Certainly not the case with Damian, he listened to what we needed the outcomes to be, took time to understand the business situation and put together a session that hit the spot. I found Damian refreshing, innovative and massively motivational, the content of his presentation was relevant and business focused and engaged all of our managers. I would definitely look to use Damian again for our management conference.” John Lewis
“I have worked with Damian on numerous occasions and he is always guaranteed to receive rave reviews for the work that he does within the business. He is knowledgeable, challenging and thought provoking in every interaction that he has with us. The numerous requests that I get for Damian to be involved with teams/events means he is top of the external speakers list for us every time. Would highly recommend him to anyone.” Nick Rowe, Head of Learning & Development, Punch Taverns.