Captain Edmund Addington


Afghanistan 2009, Captain Edmund Addington was just days from the end of his tour of duty when a bomb exploded underneath his fighting vehicle, leaving him very seriously injured. Twenty rehabilitating operations later, Ed is beginning to rebuild his life. As a motivational speaker, Edmund Addington tells a heartwarming and inspiring tale of recovery and determination.

His remarkable recovery is an incredible example of determination and overcoming adversity in order to regain the maximum level of fitness possible. A compelling after dinner speaker, Edmund has addressed hundreds of audiences on a wide range of topics, relating his battle of recovery with a number of life issues.

The ability and strength needed to deal with a life-changing incident; Ed’s story inspires audiences as a motivational speaker to tackle difficulties in life with similar dignity and fearlessness. Ed’s role as captain was to make difficult decisions in split seconds that could mean the life and death of others. Ed seeks to inspire others as a motivational speaker into actions they once believed not possible of themselves, Ed led by example at every opportunity he had.

A passionate after dinner speaker, Ed sheds light on the serious lessons learnt in operation and training, whilst providing synergies between military and business leadership. The decisions made by soldiers whose lives are at risk can educate leaders in any walk of life. Ed will no longer serve in the military on account of his injuries. A firm believer that opportunity can emerge from adversity, Ed has been able to complete a Masters in International Relations whilst learning to walk again.

To book Captain Edmund Addington 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 at corporate events, Ed is known to cover the following topics:

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Values Based Leadership
  • Creating the Climate for Success
  • Maximising Performance
  • Military Values

“Ed’s story touched the hearts of everyone in the audience, but it was his courage in the face of extreme adversity and his fantastic ability to overcome obstacles that resonated deeply with our professional audience.” -Marcus, RLM Finsbury

“Captain Ed Addington has always had a heart for International affairs, hence his desire to serve as a soldier in the world’s most dangerous environments. It is this military experience, rooted in his wider understanding of the world (but specifically the Middle East) which leads me to recommend him in the strongest possible terms to you. He will bring a valuable operator’s perspective to his audience be it students or professionals. In Afghanistan he not only faced an agile and lethal insurgent, he operated in and amongst the people (an intensely complex tribal tapestry). He faced stabilisation and development challenges in addition to the undisputed challenge of delivering improved security. In character, Edmund is a resolute, tough, tenacious and compassionate young man whose commitment to the Riflemen under his command was  faultless.” -Ed’s Commanding Officer in Afghanistan