Pete Goss MBE

Sailor, adventurer and businessman

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Pete Goss MBE, is a multiple adventurer, businessman, lecturer and best-selling author. A West Countryman and Royal Marine, Pete is the ultimate competitor and perhaps best known for his heroic rescue of a fellow competitor in horrendous conditions during the 1996 Vendee Globe round the world race.

For his courageous act of bravery, Pete Goss was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen and France's highest bravery award, the Legion d'Honneur, by the French President. Pete published his extraordinary tale of triumph over adversity in the best-selling book ‘Close to the Wind' which has inspired people around the globe.

Pete Goss's other adventures include numerous seafaring expeditions and challenges such as exploring the North Pole and pioneering Team Philips - arguably the most advanced sailing catamaran ever constructed.

In addition to his multiple adventures, Pete is an experienced entrepreneur, having set up and managed 15 different projects. His real life adventures have shaped him to be a skilful businessman, leading workforces of more than 100 employees and brokering multimillion pound sponsorship deals. Pete is also a regular lecturer at business schools, particularly the Said Business School of Oxford University, where he has the privilege of being an Associate Fellow, and The London Business School.

Pete Goss is still adventuring and his talks have motivated and inspired people around the world. In today's challenging business environment, Pete understands the need for companies to deliver peak performance, he achieves this through mentoring and empowering individuals, motivating teams and driving companies forward.

As Pete says: “Life hangs on a very thin thread and the cancer of time is complacency. If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.”

Speech Topics

All Pete Goss' projects have followed a theme of innovation, technology, challenge and adventure. Before carrying out any speech, Pete spends time researching and talking to the company about their specific needs and requirements for the conference and speech.

As an entrepreneur and adventurer he has the experience to speak knowledgeably on many different themes and aspects within business.

Pete Goss’ keynote speeches include:

Dare To Dream:
Imagine you are competing in a single-handed round the world yacht race and find yourself in the midst of a ferocious Southern Ocean hurricane.

All that you can think of is returning to your family when suddenly you hear a mayday call.

Do you risk your own life, turn your yacht around and prepare to sail into the unknown to rescue a complete stranger?

Pete Goss’s inspiring, emotional and compelling storytelling takes you with him to that moment of truth. With remarkable skill Pete takes real life adventures and relates them to today's business situations. He reinforces lessons in Leadership, The Importance of Teamwork, Risk and How to Make Things Happen.

Leadership Reflections:
• ‘Leadership Challenges the norm whereas management makes it more efficient.’
• ‘The best teams are all leaders, it’s an ethos, an attitude’.

Pete Goss has a can-do attitude that has enabled him to overcome extraordinary challenges and lead him to success. This talk will emphasise how leaders must have mental resilience and be credible as they are judged and also have the ability to judge themselves by their actions.

Conference themes:
• Mental Resilience – Having the mental tenacity to persevere even when things are not going to plan.
The importance of team – picking the right team is vital but how do you ensure all members of the team stay motivated, feel involved and valued? Pete demonstrates how through listening, communication, sharing and good delegation, successful teams thrive.
Planning for Success – for all Pete's adventures he has meticulously planned years in advance. Sharing this knowledge of how he has successfully executed plans is hugely valuable to corporate leaders.
Follow your dreams – Pete Goss is a living example of how to live out your dreams. All of his stories are moving, powerful and stay with the audience.

After dinners:
Adventures On Land And Sea: Humorous and thought provoking anecdotes from Pete’s life and many adventures – from racing in the Vendee, his innovative boat design with Team Philips, his pivotal role in The British Steel Challenge, leading 4 expeditions to the North Pole, life as a Royal Marine, raising a family and working on a Salvage Tug!
Spirit of Mystery: Weaving a tale through history, family, risk and adventure. This is a unique, humorous yet thought-provoking speech recreating Pete’s journey on-board the ‘SPIRIT OF MYSTERY’.


Pete Goss was superb, a genuinely brilliant inspiration. For the most the best talk on Leadership they'd heard in their entire career – to put this into perspective Pete was briefing to 280+ officers from across the armed forces, 80 of whom are international, all of whom live and breathe 'Leadership' daily. By my calculation that's an audience with over 4000 years of Leadership experience (!), all of whom were immensely motivated, inspired and humbled. What a great bloke!

Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Marines: Advances Command and Staff Course at the Joint Services and Staff College

Pete Goss was recommended to us as a motivational and leadership speaker. We wanted to put him in front of our customers, a senior group of no nonsense operational management. Having not seen Pete speak before, I was apprehensive. His session was a keynote, the audience was tough, but one minute into his speech, the attention was 100%. You could hear a pin drop, everyone related to his adventure and story of determination in business. We were all truly motivated by it. In our feedback survey everyone voted 5/5 for Pete, we would definitely hire him again!

Robert Nehme, Director of Corporate Marketing, TESCYS Inc. USA. TECSYS Inc: - Smart Vision Summit.

Pete Goss is truly captivating, both as a speaker and as an individual. Faced with a diverse group of delegates, he shared his stories of endeavour and drew meaningful parallels between his experiences and the challenges facing each of us across our businesses today. Having captured the unwavering attention of every delegate within seconds of his introduction, Pete's session proved to be a source of energy and a talking point throughout the whole of our event.

Chris Jenkins - Deloitte

A superb speaker for our annual sales conference. It was clear you had really thought about what we had told you about Innospec and you managed to get over the key messages we had discussed in a way that was entirely natural and part of your story. I personally found your talk both inspirational and quite humbling, it certainly made me think about my own approach to work and issues

Cathy Hessner - Senior Vice President HR - Innospec Inc.

Pete Goss made an enormous impression on our audience. He had the right mixture of “adventures”, pertinent leadership and teambuilding delivered in a relaxed and personable manner which left our audience with a lot to think about.

Institute of Management & Volvo Trucks

I recently attended a YPO Mayfair London chapter event where Pete Goss was our speaker resource. Pete is a talented speaker and has an extraordinary story as a competitive round the globe solo sailor. Very relevant leadership, survival and life lessons.

John Scott - Member of YPO Mayfair Chapter (President and CEO, Belmond, UK).

I have just spent the morning listening to you speak at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Leadership Community Forum. I just wanted to say thank you for presenting to us today, I don't think I have heard such an inspiring presentation. Few people in life make you stop and think but your story made me re-appraise the way I approach my role. I left the forum feeling inspired and energised.

Andrew Wiles - Corporate Planning and Projects Manager, Trust Headquarters, Pinderfields Hospital.

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Pete Goss MBE. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

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