Pen Hadow


‘Pen Hadow’s experience was genuinely inspirational and motivating. Having launched Marks and Spencer’s Plan A initiative on the need to tackle the enormous challenge of climate change, it was fantastic to hear from someone who has experienced global warming issues with their own eyes.’ – Stuart Rose – CEO, Marks and Spencer


Pen Hadow is a leading explorer of the Arctic Ocean and is now dedicated to the United Nations process that will advance protection for the threatened wildlife and ecosystem in the international waters around the North Pole. Hadow leads the not-for-profit 90ºNorth Unit which advocates for an international agreement to create a protected area for the international waters of the Arctic Ocean; and he is director of the annual scientific research and public engagement programme, Arctic Mission, which supports the Unit’s work.

The 90º North Unit is introducing a significant new perspective on the Arctic’s diminishing sea ice, revealing that the environmental issue is less about the geophysics of a melting layer of frozen seawater, and far more about the potentially catastrophic loss of a globally unique “floating ice-reef ecosystem” which includes some of the world’s most loved species. In 2017 Arctic Mission sailed two 50’ yachts into the North Pole’s international waters, the first non-icebreaking vessels in history to do so, to demonstrate the increasing accessibility of these waters to surface commercial shipping, fishing, tourism and mining, and therefore the emerging human threat to the wildlife already stressed by its reduced sea-ice cover habitat.

Previously, Hadow led the multi-award-winning £7.5m international scientific research programme, Catlin Arctic Survey(2007-2012) investigating the rates, causes and impacts of the Arctic’s rapidly melting sea ice. In 2003 Hadow became the first person to trek solo, and without resupply, across the sea ice from Canada to the North Geographic Pole – a feat unrepeated to date, that took three attempts over 15 years to achieve. He is also the first Briton, without resupply, to both the North and South Geographic Poles from their respective continental coastlines.

Hadow has written books, including the best-seller, Solo, self-filmed a TV documentary for National Geographic, presented a series on BBC Radio 4, and contributed to numerous TV documentaries and books about adventure and exploration. Hadow is an honorary patron of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, British Exploring Society, Scientific Exploration Society, and The Explorers Club (UK Chapter). In 1977 he became Harrow School’s first recorded pupil to have run its legendary 20-mile Long Ducker, running it solo – an event that went on to become the largest annual event in the school’s calendar.

Hadow’s affinity with the polar regions and its wildlife began through his extraordinary childhood connection with the dying words of Captain Robert Falcon Scott (‘Scott of the Antarctic’) and his son, the world-renown naturalist and WWF founder, Sir Peter Scott.

To book leadership speaker, Pen Hadow 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, Pen Hadow is known to cover the following topics:

  • Leadership Speaker
  • Motivation: Finding it & Keeping it
  • Pioneering Mindset & Breakthroughs
  • Team Performance & Improvement
  • Resilience
  • Goal Setting & Setbacks
  • Risk vs Rewards
  • Global Environmental Change & Corporate Sustainability
  • Peak Performance

As the only person to have successfully trekked from Canada to the North Geographic pole without resupply, Pen has been a frequent face within the media. Now an accomplished after dinner speaker, you can get a glimpse of the experiences Pen uses within his speeches at corporate events below:

Delivering a Ted talk symbolises making the big time for speakers. Take a look at Pen Hadow doing just that, where he speaks on the role of business within Ecological Research, at TEDxBermuda.

See what people had to say about Pen at corporate events, here:

“Pen was amazing, just amazing, richard was extremely impressed with his presentation and Pen himself. I thought he was utterly charming and a real gentleman, he was an outstanding speaker and we have received many compliments on his presentation. It was a real pleasure to meet him. Thank you both so much.”
Tracey FletcherWragge Lawrence Graham & Co

“… Fantastic presentation. I believe the silence among the 400 delegates in the room indicated how intrigued we all were with your story and your “can do” message. I heard a lot of positive comments from customers and colleagues later that day.”
Marketing ManagerDICOM Europe

You have a gift – and should use it.  Few can communicate with a level of engagement and intensity like that.”
FounderThe Body Shop

“He was inspiring, funny, and really kept the interest of his 900 strong audience… our numb bottoms were forgotten. Pen made my daughter feel that if he could carry on fighting to succeed, so could she! I must mention how kind he also was to all the special needs students, many of whom needed his help to understand what to do next. He is a talented, kind man, with a core of steel hidden beneath that pleasant exterior… it appears he helped my daughter find her own “steel”.”
Duchy College Audience Member

“Your inspiring account held the audience captivated. Your achievement and humbling pathway to it, is epic. The humour, humility and underlying steely determination in your delivery was really engaging… excuse the exuberance of my verbosity but I and the rest of the course, directing staff and guests have been left quite enthused/positively affected…thank you so very much for an incredible talk, I have been inspired.”
Commanding OfficerJunior Officers’ Tactics Division Land Warfare School, Warminster

“It was just fantastic to meet you and congratulations on your fascinating and inspiring presentation!”
Steve Merchant RSM Restructuring Advisory

“I was responsible for hosting a very important industry event and was looking for a guest speaker on the subject of leadership but at an affordable price. Pen was simply brilliant. This is a man who is truly inspirational. If you want a speaker who can lift your spirits and demonstrate how to achieve the impossible against all odds then Pen should be on your list as first choice. Thank you Pen!”
Carol Jolly – Executive P.A., Chorley Building Society

“Pen was excellent, I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a really interesting and engaging speaker. His story is fascinating, and he tailored the underlying messages well to our audience. I think he was a great addition to our conference.”
Claire CullenCORGI Technical Services Ltd

Pen was absolutely brilliant. We’ve received great feedback on the session. I think the way he weaved the key messages for Indivior into his presentation (very subtly) was really impressive – the client loved it
BellaSuccinct Communications

He was great – excellence feedback from the delegates and it really inspired them to think differently. He was a joy to work with and thanks for the suggestion!
SimonSuccinct Choice

“We would like to thank you for opening the second day with your experience, which was truly inspirational. Your talk “The art of the possible in the face of adversity: Insights from the North Pole” contributed a lot to the programme and encouraged the delegates to think differently. The session was very well received and we were delighted with the feedback from the delegates throughout the event.”
9th Regional Oncology Forum