Neil Laughton


An influential and highly successful leadership speaker, adventurer and entrepreneur, Neil Laughton knows the key factors to drive, determination and gaining success. Laughton possesses an innate ability of making people believe that they can follow their dreams by stepping out of their comfort zone and become willing to give it a go. Ideal for events as an after dinner speaker, Laughton engages with guests to ensure everyone has the best chance to be the best they can be.

Neil Laughton’s business success grew from humble beginnings; starting to work first as door-to-door office equipment salesman before later becoming Founding Director and Executive Chairman of OPL Group; a multi-million pound property development, construction and commercial interiors group of companies. Mixing his experiences of adventure and business, Neil is an ideal leadership speaker for conferences. With a vast experience of differing corporate escorts, Neil is a wonderful business speaker to address a wide ranging variety of clients.

OPL Group’s clients include Rolls Royce, Walt Disney, BMW, AXA Insurance, Discovery Channel and Virgin. When turnover reached £40 million in 2009/2010, Neil sold the business to Balfour Beatty PLC, allowing Laughton to become a Business Angel Investor whilst establishing the Business Leadership Academy.

Whilst he built his business, Neil Laughton has organised and led expeditions all over the world. He loves the challenge of inspiring, motivating, organising, fundraising and leading teams on adventurous expeditions. Applying the lessons learnt in leadership from exploration, Laughton selects his most invaluable advice to deliver to audience members as a business speaker.

Neil’s thirst for adventure and challenge has led to him scaling 12 previously unclimbed peaks as well as the completion of the 7 Summits Challenge, whereby an ascent to summit of each of the highest mountains of the seven continents is completed. Neil is able to draw on experiences such as these to inspire and motivate as a leadership speaker whilst delivering powerful messages on leadership and teamwork.

Neil’s great sense of fun and strong sprit is reflected in many of his expeditions too: from jet-skiing around the UK with friend Bear Grylls, piloting the world’s first flying car to Timbuktu and playing golf (with an orange ball) at the North Pole. Delivering anecdotal tales as an after dinner speaker, Neil is an intriguing character who audiences will love. As a leadership speaker, Neil gives invaluable insights into exactly what is needed to maximise success and provide clear and concise instructions to enable efficient and effective teamwork.

To book Neil Laughton as the leadership 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, Neil is known to cover the following topics:

  • Leadership Speaker
  • Business Speaker
  • Change & Risk
  • Facing a Challenge & Goal Setting
  • Surviving Tough Times

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