Colonel Stuart Tootal – DSO OBE


Former army colonel Stuart Tootal is a best-selling author, leadership speaker and a global figure in the corporate security sector. Serving in both Northern Ireland and the Middle East, Stuart’s invaluable experience in both leadership and overcoming adversity holds a great value when speaking at events as an after dinner speaker.

Alongside his fieldwork, Stuart has also completed postings in the MOD’s strategic plans department and worked with the Chief of the General Staff as a personal lieutenant colonel military assistant. Later being awarded an OBE for this role in 2005. A consummate professional, Stuart has witnessed leadership on both the frontline and in the boardroom, proving testament to his reputation as a highly respected after dinner speaker.

Taking control of the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) in 2005, his authority led to him to command the first battle group into Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan in 2006, consisting of 1200 soldiers. Stuart’s actions meant he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

The fighting 3 PARA experienced in Afghanistan has been described as the most intense combat the British Army has witnessed since the Korean War. Fifteen members of the battle group were killed in action and another 46 were wounded. After promotion to full Colonel in 2008, Stuart retired from the Army in order to follow a new career path as the global head of security for a well known corporate bank.

Stuarts career leaves him wonderfully placed to deliver talks that cross military and corporate areas of interest. An unrivalled authority on the shift from battlefield to boardroom, Stuart’s varied and extensive career in both corporate and military backgrounds makes him an ideal personality and leadership speaker on discipline, drive and determination. His experience in leadership in highly pressurised environments allows him to advice businesses and inspire confidence in their actions.

To book leadership speaker, Colonel Stuart Tootle as the keynote speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Stuart is known to cover the following topics:

  • Corporate Leadership
  • Business Speaker
  • Risk Consideration
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Peak Performance
  • International Relations
  • World Affairs

“I felt compelled to write – as I’m sure many others have – after listening to Stuart’s talk at the Royal Geographic Society. In short, it was excellent. He presented what was a very involved and intricate military (and political) experience with great honesty, eloquence, humility, passion and engaging clarity. …..I can understand why General Mike Jackson tried to persuade you to stay in the military.” –Royal Geographic Society

“Suffice to say the overwhelming view is that Stuart’s speech was fantastic, inspiring, eye-opening, to mention just a few of the superlatives. He really delivered in a most engaging and professional way, having taken care to understand our franchise structure” – Auditel

“I must tell you how inspiring the guest speaker – Stuart Tootal was, his passion, dedication and responsibility for his men was crystal clear. He is the true definition of a leade. His speech was so moving that the pictures in my mind were crystal clear and brought me to the edge of tears. The comments from attendees included; best speaker on the day, passionate, inspiring, admiration for the difficult decisions you made, definition of a true leader, expanded my knowledge beyond anything the government has told me, admiration for you as a person and a leader, etc.” – Barclays Finance

“My Chairman and I have heard lots of ex-military speakers, but I have never heard one so good; he takes the audience with him” – Kent Rotary Club

“Stuart was great yesterday and I’ve already received several emails and comments from attendees noting how fascinating he was and how relevant the points he was making were. Thanks for all your help in organising.” – Karen, JCCA