Conference Programme and Speakers
Find out about our speakers and the confirmed programme to date. Updates will be posted here as they are confirmed. Click on the name of a speaker to find more details and their biography
Dr Andy Cope
Andy is also a ‘recovering academic’. His Loughborough University PhD was 12 years in the making, and his research findings around positive psychology and engagement feed into a series of game-changing keynotes and workshops. Andy’s flagship keynote ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ has been delivered to rave reviews all over the world.
Andy is lucky enough to work with some very large businesses, including Microsoft, DHL, Pirelli, Pfizer, Hewlett Packard, Astra Zeneca and IKEA. Recently, he has tailored his workshops to meet the needs of children and teachers and now delivers to audiences from age 8 upwards!
Andy is also a best-selling author. He has written ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ and ‘Be Brilliant Everyday’, self-help books for adults, as well as ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’, the UK’s first positive psychology book for young people. ‘The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence’ spent 6 months in the best-sellers charts and hot off the press ‘Shine’ is receiving 5 star reviews. He’s not done yet. Andy has several books in the publishing pipeline, including ‘The Leadership Multiplier Effect’, ‘Diary of a Brilliant Kid’ and ‘The Teenager’s Guide to Awesomeness’
Andy is a sought-after keynote speaker and authority on happiness, wellbeing and human flourishing. He’s done numerous TV and radio appearances as well as being featured in The Telegraph, Daily Mail and Esquire.
As for genuinely interesting asides, Andy is also a best-selling children’s author. His ‘Spy Dog’ series has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide. Andy was born in the same year that England won the football world cup, he has pet pigs and has set up the hugely successful 2%ers club, the UK’s first, foremost and...err...only society for happy people.
His ambition is to be able to surf, brilliantly!
John PetersA series of events in 1991 changed John Peters' life forever. This is not a war story as such, but a very human, moving and, at times, funny story. It is of particular relevance in today's changing times and John is as busy as ever delivering after dinner and keynote speeches at corporate events.
Captured during the Gulf War, former RAF pilot John Peters came to the world's attention in January 1991, when his beaten face was exposed on television screens around the world - a stark symbol of Saddam Hussein's ruthless aggression.
His harrowing experiences touch his audience’s minds and souls, John’s near death experiences brings all of our lives into perspective.
His heart-wrenching story combined with his sense of humour helps audiences to see the lighter side of his experience, his emotive moments helping audiences to understand life’s struggles and challenges. He can seamlessly and skilfully relate his experiences to current business issues.
John has a Master's Degree in Business Administration and was responsible for a cultural change programme in the RAF. This initiative was awarded the 1999 Flight International Aerospace Industry Award for Training and Safety. He is also a former Chair of The Association of MBA's. Since leaving the RAF in 2000, he has been a business consultant and performance coach to business leaders, and he has a business specialising in leadership, team development and communication skills.
He has written two best-selling books and the documentary, 'Tornado Down' was Independent Documentary of the Year and a BAFTA Award Nominee in 1992. He has extensive international TV, radio, PR and media experience and has built up an international speaking reputation, including American, South African, Swedish, Maltese, French, German and Australian audiences.
Stewart Harris - Ambassador for the Soldiers Charity
Former infantryman Stewart Harris served with 1st Battalion The Welsh Guards. Whilst on tour in Afghanistan in 2012, a roadside bomb hurled Stewart’s vehicle into a ditch leaving him with brain damage; the impact of which has left him partially sighted and partially deaf. The same year he also witnessed three of his comrades shot dead by an Afghan policeman. Stewart was later diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder before leaving the Army at the age of 30; the culmination of 13 years’ service.
During his transition from Army to civilian life, whilst struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis, Stewart would experience further upset. In 2014 a burglary took place at Stewart’s home in Rhyl, north Wales which he shares with his wife, Rhian, and their two young daughters. The thieves took off with the family’s car, household items, as well as Stewart’s glasses, upon which he relies heavily since sustaining his injuries on tour.
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity stepped in to help Stewart and his family during this upsetting time. The Soldiers’ Charity provided a grant towards the purchase and installation of CCTV cameras at the family home; assistance that was granted rapidly and without fuss: “To ask for help and then to be told ‘yes that’s going to be fine’ is absolutely amazing…The weight of the world was taken off my shoulders”.
Further, once these security measures were in place, Stewart was granted the peace of mind to relax and get back into a routine, allowing him to continue to pursue a number of activities such as golf, a sport he particularly enjoys. As a result of such measures, Stewart was also able to turn his hand to fundraising for various service charities in a bid to give something back; a world away from being scared to leave his home.
Since leaving the Army, Stewart has applied his love of a challenge and being part of a team. Testament to his commitment to being a role model, Stewart has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and The Three Peaks and has been instrumental in introducing a new scheme within his local community: bringing in free swimming sessions for veterans at five council-owned pools in Denbighshire.
Reflecting on the help that The Soldiers’ Charity has provided for both him and his comrades, Stewart has been inspired to follow the path of his fellow injured veterans, Micky Yule and Andy Reid, and become a proud Ambassador for The Soldiers’ Charity
Tony Murray is the National Fraud Protect Officer seconded to the City of London Police National Co-Ordinators Office. A Police Officer and qualified Fraud and Financial Investigator, a National Trading Standards ‘Friends Against Scams’ ‘ScamBassador’ and award-winning fraud & cybercrime expert. Tony delivers on a number of National Economic Crime Training Courses, has communicated prevention advice via TV, online articles, newspapers and radio and works to protect and empower communities to reduce the harm caused by fraud & cybercrime. Tony is passionate about partnership work and believes that TOGETHER we CAN protect many.
John Miles - Global Sight Solutions
The Rotary Club of Guildford Eye Project, now known as GLOBAL SIGHT SOLUTIONS, is an avoidable blindness programme which serves those in India and Africa who are too poor to access their own medical care. The charity provides assessment camps, surgical equipment and surgeon training such that free eye operations and treatment are available.
It is a charity inspired, founded and administered entirely by Rotarians, As Rotarian’s are volunteers no administrative costs are incurred. The charity develops partnership links with Rotary Clubs in the areas of need who are required to provide the premises, while each partner contributes to all other costs. The aim is for all facilities to become self financing. The Eye Project was founded in the 1990’s by eye surgeon and ophthalmic consultant Dr Sam Das in conjunction with its other Trustees, all of whom were members of Guildford Rotary Club.
There are nearly 50 million avoidably blind worldwide, of which 18 million are in India, 4+ million being in the Kolkata area. It is an integral part of the charity’s ethos that the land and building required for hospitals and clinics in the areas of need are provided by local support. This is effectively the local Rotary Clubs who organize and administer these medical centres. A proportion of the cost of equipment, and of operations is also required to be funded locally. This means that there is an ongoing enthusiasm for the success of the project locally, and because all funding from foreign sources is processed from Rotary Club to Rotary Club there are no administrative costs to be deducted.
Tim CowlingTim is Past District Governor from D1090 and has been to our conference as a guest before. He will talk
about an ILM leadership and management Project linking it to RYLA for schools across UK. Tim has delivered this programme in Zambia as part of the development of the project.