Ocean Racer

Ocean Racer

Polar Explorer

Company Director

An internationally acclaimed and admired inspirational speaker, Manley uses powerful stories and metaphors to enliven the topics of leadership, team work, personal development and commitment, all with a focus on delivering high performance.

With the core of his talks revolving around his phenomenal experiences, Manley develops the themes of fulfilling you and your team’s potential and achieving far beyond your own perceived abilities.  Manley believes in the power of storytelling accompanied by professional video footage and images, to provide enjoyable and memorable keynote presentations.  He will always engage with the client to create a bespoke event that aligns with your company values, theme and desired outcome.  All of this, in his unique, refreshing indomitable style. Manley talking about hurricane

Manley was schooled on leadership through a mix of practical and academic. He twice served as an Officer in the Royal Navy, re-joining for the first Gulf War and in between Manley was an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Marine Police. He has been a Board member, consultant and advisor to several international businesses.

In 2000, he was selected as a skipper in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, leading a team of volunteers, including novices, for 9 months in a 32,000 mile journey, the “wrong way”!  He also delivered his first after dinner speech at the official welcome event in Wellington, New Zealand.

Manley continued his adventures as part of the 3-man team that won the inaugural race to the Magnetic North Pole. The team faced polar bear attacks, and sub-zero temperatures, learning huge lessons about both surviving and competing in very difficult circumstances. Their record time of 10 days and 9 hours still stands. He continues to partake in skiing expeditions in remote parts of the globe recently returning from Kurdistan and regularly competes in sailing races and regattas.  He is busy planning his next BIG adventure.

Do you want to motivate, inspire or celebrate your team?  Do you want to reinforce your company purpose and values?  Is it time to reset and refocus?  Manley has delivered over 500 keynote speeches in small board rooms, conference centres, outdoor venues and large auditoriums globally.   “Give a team a real sense of purpose and direction, motivate and inspire them and it is incredible what can be achieved”.

As a leading voice in Compassionate Leadership – Manley is also available to be a panellist in live or recorded events.

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    Popular themes

    • Leadership in a Crisis
    • How to Gain and Sustain Commitment
    • Collective Brilliance
    • Resilience – Coming Back from Adversity
    • Creating High Performing Teams

    Compassionate Leadership: How to create and maintain engaged, committed and high-performing teams