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Speaking Endorsements


Richard has delivered inspirational and motivational talks across a wide range of sectors and events, from sporting events and national shows, to business leaders and teams to charities and conferences.  Through Inspired Life RIchard has delivered a hundreds of talks and workshops to young people around the core message that "Your future is not defined by your past".

What added to the occasion was your inspirational talk for which I am really most grateful.  You were able to connect with the students in a way which was relevant to them and presented a great role model. You left us with a huge message about being resilient and tenacious and not giving up when the going gets tough for which I thank you.

Mike Johnston, Executive Director Shuttleworth College

“After listening to Richard’s experiences we all felt motivated to get up off our seats and plan our own adventures. Richard certainly challenges you to think big and pursue the ‘idea’ no matter how daunting it may seem!”

Mark Stevens, Area Manager, Snow and Rock

Richard has presented at the London Boat Show on a number of occasions, his enthusiasm for the sporting life and all things active is frankly infectious.

Mike Enser, Director London Boat Shows

“Students related to the concept that your future doesn't have to follow what you've done in the past.  There was also the message that we should give something back to society.   We can already see the difference in the behaviour and attitudes of some of our previously disengaged students so many thanks for that.  Very inspiring!”

Andrew Scott, Managing Director, Alpheus Environmental, Part of AWG plc

I just wanted to say thank you for speaking at the BeeZee Bodies graduation recently.  The children and families found it very interesting and it was great for them to hear all of your experiences, particularly how much you have failed and then carried on.  This was an important message for them to take home as it is something they will inevitably have to deal with.  Weight management is difficult for everyone and it is important that they know that they will experience failures along the way.  It was great to see and hear that you had overcome adversity and I think you made the link to what they had achieved and the challenge they now face really well.  We would definitely recommend you as a speaker for future events.

Stuart King, Public Health Coordinator

"Richard came along to our away day, ending a morning of business strategy presentations with what was a very motivational talk highlighting some of the amazing experiences he has had. It was very well received by the team and was an excellent positive end to the morning.  Richard managed to bring together some of the key messages from the morning together, relate to his experience and outlook and deliver in a fashion that resounded within the team."

David Knowles, BGL Insurannce Group (Meerkats)

Thanks for your fantastic contribution to our event yesterday, it was a great way to close and leave our colleagues feeling enthused and motivated

Lee Mason, National County Sports Partnership Network

Rich Harpham spoke to the Cambridge University Expeditions Society (CUEX) in February 2014. His talk was one of the most well-attended presentations the club has organized. He is engaging, and has an abundance of knowledge on planning and organizing expeditions. He makes people feel like they can live their dreams - he even kindly offered to assist members of our club in planning their own kayak expeditions! Rich is a truly inspiring adventurer

Rosemary Ofsted, Cambridge University Expeditions Society

“The feedback from the attendees on your talk and panel session was really positive and the word "inspiring" was used over and over.”

Tim Ryan,Partner, IP, Media & Technology Department, Davenport Lyons

Thanks so much for agreeing to be our guest of honour at our graduation ceremony. Your participation and inspirational story was engaging and much appreciated by our students and their families. You really lifted the occasion and challenged the students to maximize their potential and dream big.

Bill Rammel, Vice Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire

Richard led, inspired and provided the lynchpin to the success of the Ghana Ski Team Phenomenon and global story that engulfed the team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010. His ability to connect and engage with community groups, dignitaries as well as support other team members was first class.  His humble approach and ‘can do’ attitude helped share the magic that is the Olympics.

Kwame Nkrumah Achaempong, President Ghana Ski Association

Richard is truly an inspirational person. I know this phrase is perhaps "overused" these days but it sits easily with Richard. We have worked with him on many occasions, he never fails to deliver. He is a coach, mentor, teacher, entrepreneur, leader, inspirer, life changer and challenger who is passionate about "fairness and integrity" and people reaching their true potential. He always makes terrific contributions but he is most comfortable in using sport, the arts, culture and the great outdoors to make a difference for people and communities. I have seen him present on many occasions, he has the ability to make his audience think "I should do something like that" and "that looks a lot of fun" and "I really could make a difference". Meet him and you will be enthused to make things better.

Lloyd Conaway CEO - team BEDS&LTON.

Having heard Richard Harpham speak at a national conference, we were very keen to work with Richard to inspire the teachers attending the 2015 Bucks & Milton Keynes PE Conference. Richard has the ability to transfer his experience as an adventurer into day-to-day practical interventions which mere mortals can apply to achieve great results. His unrelenting enthusiasm and personal commitment to inspiring and helping young people is a fantastic inspiration for us all.

Mark Ormerod, Director, LEAP, The Bucks & MK Sport and Activity Partnership