Matthew Whitfield


Drawing on twenty five years’ experience in the Royal Navy as a pilot trainer and fighter pilot, and years of live operations with Intelligence Service (MI5), Matthew brings his skills and knowledge of coaching elite teams in public and private organisations (including SMEs, sport and education). Matthew enables organisations worldwide to maximise individual potential and enhance performance, including The Bank of England, large organisations in the US federal government.

As well as a TEDx and worldwide keynote speaker, he is also an ICF accredited executive coach on high performance leadership. Being a licensed practitioner of MiRo Psychometrics and The Performance Centre tool allows him to uncover your team’s behaviours and motivations and support you to improve performance. To find out more, please get in touch, about the why, and the how Matt can help. Need to find the right people or create new teams? Looking to develop your existing people as elite leaders? Want to gain insight and share in the successes of the best? Get in touch with us today to book Matthew Whitfield as the speaker for your corporate event, function or conference.

To book Matthew Whitfield as the motivational 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 he’s at corporate events, Matt is known to cover the following topics:

  • “Pull the trigger”
  • “You did WHAT?”
  • Crisis point
  • Taking my life in your hands
  • Interrogation and survival behind enemy lines
  • Can you afford to be candid with your team?
  • How do you cope in the face of adversity or failure?
  • Do you understand the growth mindset and your path to performance excellence
  • The day I lost it all
  • Are you able to find Flow? What is Flow?

See what people had to say about Matthew, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“Matt has a track record of making a significant impact on other people’s performance. In the military, he used to teach, coach and mentor future fighter pilots helping them to improve their operational and leadership performance. A trained leadership coach, he now leverages his experience in the fast-jetcommunity to help others attain the same high level of performance. His client list is impressive and includes the Bank of England, Coca Cola, and the NHS as well as a range of other senior leaders in the public and private sectors.” – Roderick, Professional Certified Coach developing Leadership for Business Performance in the UK

“Matt has a fascinating and exciting career story to tell that is full of key learnings hugely relevant to business leaders. He’s able to deliver this in a simple yet highly engaging way whereby his audience can readily identify the learnings and how to use these in their own typically less life-threatening worlds.” – Academy of Chief Executives Chair, Business Growth Specialist, Executive Coach and Mentor, CEO, MD and NED

“I recently attended a Vistage event where Matt was the guest speaker. The subject, which all of us should be keen to understand more of and also ask ourselves the question, “how good do you want to be”? I believe many people do not ask this question of themselves because it can highlight how average perhaps we are in all walks of our life. Matt has been there and done it at the extreme level of Naval fast jet flying, and live MI5 operations. However, his humble, honest and authentic manner brought the subject to life by sharing his own personal experiences and life challenges. Putting in to practice what Matt discussed on the day will have, without a doubt, remarkable improvements in anyone’s life. If we are prepared to put in the hard work, commitment, discipline and self-belief, the results will begin to happen. I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt as a speaker, coach. Mentor or a retreat host.” – CEO Blue Mountain Group and Ex-SAS Senior Leader