Jonathan O’Hanlon


The first person ever to run across the continent of Africa, Jonathon O’Hanlan is an inspiration for all. A desert runner and tremendous motivational speaker, Jonathon O’Hanlan is a man of many talents that has combated the harshest of conditions and come out on top. Also a Lifeologist, inspirational speaker, Relationship Mediator, writer and endurance athlete that aims to help people attain balance in all aspects of life and encourage people to love, O’Hanlan’s fascinating story and inspiring achievements coupled with his plethora of knowledge and experience make him an outstanding after dinner speaker that is available to hire through the Champions Speakers agency for any event no matter the magnitude or occasion.

O’Hanlan was born in Portsmouth and lived in both Weymouth and Bournemouth until the age of 7 when he and his family moved to Cape Town, South Africa where he went on to have a wide-ranging and interesting career. Beginning with 14 years in the SA Navy from which he resigned as a Lieutenant Commander, followed by time in the corporate world in IT project and programme management before leaving to set up his own business in this field for 13 years. These experiences alone allowed Jonathon to compile an impressive knowledge base to draw upon for corporate functions where he can eloquently discuss business models, technology and entrepreneurship as well as utilising the skills learnt from his time in the Navy to help clients instil winning cultures and environments.

An avid sportsman and fitness fanatic, alongside his working commitments Jon also qualified as a personal trainer during this time, as well as completing the advanced train the trainer course. This sheer grit, determination and hard work stood him in great stead when he took on the desert and now allows him to share his incredible journey with guests while he works as a speaker. Putting IT behind him, although not totally as he still does consulting work in the regulatory compliance field, already a cricket, hockey, golf and multi-day trail running coach, Jon then moved into the field where his passion lies and is now a life coach, executive coach, life enhancement specialist, inspirational speaker, and relationship mediator.

Somewhere along the way, he managed to also write and self-publish his popular book, Can Anyone Here Sing? – Six Perspectives of Peace. A devoted family man too, Jon has two amazing and beautiful daughters Kim Angelique and Debbie Lee whom he speaks fondly about and dedicates many of his achievements to. A breath-taking figure that has achieved wonderful things during his life and show that there are no limits if you are willing to put in the time and effort, the first man to ever run across Africa, Jonathon O’Hanlan is available to hire as a speaker through the Champions Speakers agency for what is certain to be an unforgettable and inspiring event!

To book Jon O’Hanlon as the after-dinner 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, Jon is known to cover the following topics:

  • Life Coach
  • Life Enhancement Specialist
  • The Corporate World
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork & Motivation