Kim Hughes GC


Only the 74th living recipient of the George Cross, Kim Hughes GC carried out extraordinary acts as a British Army bomb disposal expert during his service in the Afghanistan conflict. A fantastic motivational speaker, Kim has experienced some of the most dangerous places in the world in one of the world’s most dangerous profession.

Risking his own life to save his other comrades, during his employment on Afghanistan he forego protective clothing and defused bombs manually. Leading to his acts being described at Buckingham Palace as the “single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan”.

After safely disarming 80 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during his tour of Afghanistan, Hughes was awarded the George Cross by the Head of the Defence Staff, Sir Jock Stirrup in March 2010, a ceremony which also saw Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid recognised with the Posthumous GC. Hughes’ selfless acts of bravery were recognised in his citation read to the audience at Buckingham Palace.

“Dealing with any form of IED is dangerous. To deal with seven Victim Operated IEDs linked in a single circuit, in a mass casualty scenario, using manual neutralisation techniques once, never mind three times, is the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan.”

Kim is a natural motivational speaker, combining his remarkable story, exceptional skill-set and knowledge of how to succeed in the toughest of working environments. Kim always give his most to involve the audience as an after diner speaker and is an authority on teamwork, leadership, bravery and strategy allowing him to articulate his story in a manner that can motivate, guide and inspire a business audience.

Kim’s fearless approach to what is undoubtedly some of the most dangerous work in the world makes him a superb after dinner speaker that captivates listeners, something that is emphasised exactly by his attitude to the formidable challenge of his work; “It’s tough out there – it’s a war zone. But it’s my job. That’s what I am paid to do.”

To book Kim Hughes GC as the after dinner 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, Kim is known to speak on the following topics:

  • Teamwork & Motivation
  • Leadership & Bravery
  • Developing Strategy
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance

“Kim Hughes executed the single most outstanding act of explosive ordanance bomb disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan” – George Cross Citation, Buckingham Palace, March 2010

“A very moving and motivational speech. The way he captivates his audience is inspiring. Putting everyone at ease and at the same time keeping them on the edge of their seats proves his charter and skill. The room was filled with laughter, tears and on some occasions complete silence as we all listened intently to his every word. Outstanding.” – MOD

“Amazing!! He told his story in such a way it brought true value to the aim of the function. Focussing on ‘team-work’ and ‘personal motivation’ the audience was in awe. His analogy of ‘overcoming fear’ was second to none.” – ABP

“Kim’s after-dinner speech at our Walsh Fundraising charity evening was a terrific success and certainly increased contribututions enormously. The talk was both emotional and inspiration captivating all 300 people at the event.” – Walsh Investment Properties

“Kim did an ‘off the cuff speech’ (without any notes) at our company black and white ball to raise money for the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity. He spoke about teamwork and engaged the whole room with his stories about his experience in the forces and the outstanding act of bravery that he was involved in. He received a standing ovation at the end of his speech.” – High Peak Community Housing

“What a guy. The way he captured the audience was amazing. As he talked of personal experiences it made us feel like we were there with him. We asked for a ‘Team-Work’ based speech and got so much more; his manner, confidence and presences proves his worth.” – DDM

“Kim communicated with such passion and integrity that the whole audience were so impressed, we gave him a standing ovation.” – Chris Ruane MP

“Kim has the ability to describe his front line experiences with eloquence, whilst holding his audience’s attention with his charm, wit and humility. Kim is an all round, excellent speaker.” – PFS