Alan Chambers MBE

Former Royal Marine Commando and North Pole polar explorer

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Alan Chambers MBE is a polar adventurer who, after spending five years researching, planning and training, led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole. Walking 672 nautical miles in temperatures as low as -65°C and dragging a sledge the weight of a baby elephant, after a grueling seventy days on the ice, Alan and team mate Charlie Paton, raised the Union Jack on top of the world at 23:16 hours on 16th May 2000. Alan has subsequently led 12 successful North Pole expeditions with top business leaders & chief executives, in order to help them explore and reflect on their own leadership capabilities.

In 2006 Alan lead a team and completed the gruelling Yukon Arctic Ultra Challenge. In 2008 Alan lead a team across Greenland to engage in 10,000 school children to highlight climate change. In 2009 he lead a team of senior executives and high achievers to the South Pole.

A former Royal Marine Commando with 16 years service, Alan Chambers was a member of the first winter expedition to traverse Iceland by ski in 1995, he has sledged across Greenland, Canada North West Territories, Norway and Iceland. In 2008 he lead and crossed Greenland as part of the Feet of Green initiative to inspire children with a spirit of adventure and care for the environment.

He is co-author with Dr Richard Hale of best selling business development book 'Keep Walking: Leadership Learning in Action' and over the years has helped raise over £5m for charities. Alan began ‘extreme walking' to raise money for scientific research into recovery from spinal damage following severe paralysis of a fellow Marine.

Alan was invited to speak by Sir Clive Woodward to the England rugby football senior squad in preparation for the rugby world cup 2003, concentrating on project focus, maintaining direction in adversity and the change that will have to be adapted to... Martin Johnson, Captain England winning rugby World Cup team: "Alan's amazing story highlighting the remarkable focus & leadership he had around the north pole trip truly inspired the team in their preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2003."

Alan was invited by Duncan Fletcher to speak to the England cricket ashes team in their ashes preparations. Focusing on the mental endurance and winning belief needed to achieve regaining the ashes... Duncan Fletcher, England ashes Head Coach: "Alan Chambers was with us all the way through the ashes, if only from a distance. At every turn he recognised a situation from his journey and related it to that which we were encountering. That was great to know and provided excellent motivation, as well as a frequent good talking point. We used Alan's analogies in the changing room after we lost the first test."

At the age of 32, Alan Chambers was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen in 2000 for ‘determination and leadership in constant adversity'. He is also a qualified diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor.

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Speech Topics

Alan Chambers MBE has inspired thousands of people from all walks of life with his unique story of the major North Pole expedition across the world and engages audiences in his story at a deep level, with a likeable yet determined style of leadership. These talks deliver high performance motivational business lessons in a practical and manageable way.

In this capacity Alan delivered highly successful motivational presentations to the 2003 England winning World Cup Rugby team, at the request of Sir Clive Woodward, and in 2005 the England Ashes cricket winning team. Both teams wanted to concentrate on focus, maintaining direction in adversity and the change required for the adaptation. Alan Chambers is a sought-after motivational speaker and workshop leader on topics such as creating a vision, leading a team and building mental strength.

Corporate clients include Gate Gourmet, HSBC, Microsoft, BP, WH Smiths, Nokia, Yahoo, Zurich Insurance and Costain Construction, to name just a few, where Alan has helped to formulate programmes to identify and develop the organisation’s leadership talent.

Alan Chambers MBE delivers more than 100 tailor-made motivational talks and workshops each year for individuals and organisations of all sizes from small SMEs to global blue-chip organisations. His standard format is a one-hour motivational talk followed by Q&A with the audience. This can be followed with an interactive hands-on workshop.

Popular topics covered in Alan Chambers’ talk include:
• Motivating Your Team
• Team Selection
• Effective Team Communication
• Maintaining Focus & Direction Through Adversity
• Winning Beliefs and Winning Behaviours
• Pioneering & Innovation
• Creating a Winning Mindset
• Leading From The Back
• Inspirational Leadership


The way Alan Chambers was able to link an unbelievable expedition to the top of the world with the challenges affecting each of us on a daily basis was truly inspiring. His passion for team work and belief in the power of individual character left the audience feeling like they could overcome anything.

Rowena James, Manchester Science Enterprise Centre.

Alan's leadership skills borne out through his determination mixed with his consideration of the needs of others gave us all much to think about. His effort in achieving a task that many people could not even begin to consider is truly inspiring.

Martin Hegarty, Training Manager, British Petroleum (BP).

Alan Chambers' account of the expedition and his leadership insights made us all think very deeply about our roles and what it takes to succeed against the odds. He is human, inspirational and a real coach. Our business will benefit hugely if we apply what we have learnt from him.

Pat O'Driscoll, CEO.

Inspirational - he's a genuine hero.

Charles Dunstone, Founder Chairman, Carphone Warhouse.

It was a great session of Alan Chambers and we got very good feedback on his presentation! He is an amazing person and what he experienced was fascinating to hear.

Maya Egli - Gate Gourmet Switzerland GmbH.

Alan Chambers' amazing story highlighting the remarkable focus & leadership he had around the North Pole trip truly inspired the team in their preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2003.

Martin Johnson - Captain, 2003 Winning England Rugby World Cup team.

Alan Chambers gave us an hours presentation on how he got through an unsupported walk to the North Pole – an amazing journey of endurance, skill & strength. There were parallels to be shared and he told us there would be blips and setbacks along our route. After the first test I remembered what he had said.

Michael Vaughan England Ashes Captain.

Thanks again for joining us for our Journey to DP En Route event. The feedback from your talk has been fantastic and the synergies people were able to use to call back to your talk throughout the day really enabled some honest and valuable conversations between our different teams. It was great to meet you and hear your story, I hope you had a safe trip back and trust that we didn’t put you off flying!

Trevor Arnold - NATS Limited (National Air Traffic Services).

Exclusive Interview

As part of our NMP Live Meets... interview series, Alan Chambers MBE took time out of a busy schedule to sit down with us for an exclusive chat. Watch the video below and find out what he can bring to your event.

Books and DVDs

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