Olly Hicks


Olly grew up on the coast messing about in boats as a small boy. No one could have guessed that youthful hobby would lead him to become one of Britain’s foremost young adventurers. Olly is the only person to have rowed alone from America to England and from Tasmania to New Zealand earning several unique world records along the way. He has developed innovative techniques to make long ocean passages in a sea kayak, and then led 3 world first voyages.

Olly also has experience in business having worked in executive search for family offices and within the marine, sector as well as on the management and logistics team within a successful renewable energy development business. As well as running his own speaking and expeditionary business.

Olly utilises what he has learnt on the oceans, in the deserts and polar ice caps and on his sponsorship raising rounds to deliver original and gripping presentations always leaving the audience with a useful ‘take-away’ message and skills transferable to the business environment.

Olly is down to earth, engaging and will make his talks relate to his audience. He tailors his speech for your particular requirements and desired outcomes with a valuable and actionable message to take away. His message is one of individual empowerment, we are all ordinary until we do something extraordinary. The delivery style will be thought provoking and humorous and pitched at just the right blend for your event.

To book Olly Hicks as the leadership speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

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

  • How to Recover and Learn From Failure
  • What it Takes to Survive and Win
  • Life and Death Decision Making
  • Choose Your Own Story
  • When to Turn Back – Risk Mitigation for a Binary Environment
  • Resilience, Goal Setting Setbacks
  • Maximal Gains First, Marginal Gains Second
  • Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
  • Lessons From The Edge For The Boardroom
  • Operating in Fast Changing Environments
  • How to Live Your Dreams
  • Its Up To You. Personal Accountability.
  • Improvise, Adapt, Overcome
  • Choose Your Attitude

“Hard to work out how it could have been better..” – Accenture

“A thoroughly engaging and amusing speaker, whose dry, self-depreciating delivery belies the courage required for his incredible quests. Highly recommended.” – Virgin Atlantic

“Excellent, a very inspiring and captivating talk. Can he come back when he’s done his round the world race?” – Bank Of America