Richard Parks


Richard Parks is a former professional rugby player and rugby speaker, who has gone on to be the first explorer to reach the summit of the highest peak in each of the continents, as well as trekking to the North and South poles. An after dinner speaker and motivational speaker, Richard captivates the audience by delving into his story.

A promising professional career cut short by a horrific injury, Parks left his former promising playing career behind. Battling through depression, he sought a new challenge to regain structure and excitement within his life. Taking up climbing as a past time, it’s something which quickly escalated to inspire Richard onto his biggest challenge yet– the 737 Challenge.

Not for the faint hearted, the 737 Challenge involved climbing the Seven highest mountains throughout the world, as well as the three ‘poles’, North, South and Everest, in under seven months. Completing this gruelling challenge in six months, he set a new world record in the process.

A truly phenomenal teamwork and motivational speaker, Richard is available as an event guest who can divulge into his previous world as an after dinner speaker. Overcoming adversity to undertake a new challenge and inspire others to never let anything stand in your way, the addition of Richard Parks as a motivational speaker for your event or occasion is one that has proven exceptionally popular. An articulate and fluid motivational speaker, Richard Parks is a truly inspirational individual, ideal as an after dinner speaker at a range of events, occasions and conferences.

To book Richard Parks 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, Richard is known to cover the following topics:

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Maximising Success
  • Transformation
  • Finding Opportunities
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Risk Consideration

“Richard’s story is a perfect one to inspire the children to improve their all round standards of literacy. His visit to Casllwchwr Primary was a truly memorable and fantastic occasion. The positive impact he made on the children that he met and answered questions to is genuinely immeasurable and is another wonderful outcome from his brave decision to undertake the 737 Challenge in the first place. Stories such as Richard’s provide a unique opportunity to engage children with literacy and improve their skills. Their project on Richard was an incredible academic success and one that all involved will never forget.” – David Brayley, School Governor & Education Consultant

“Richard has really become part of the family at Admiral. He has inspired staff across the organisation, whether speaking to thousands at our annual staff general meeting or to smaller groups as an ambassador for our Ministry of Health initiative. What you see is what you get with Richard, an approachable, passionate and infectiously positive person, and we are lucky to have him associated with Admiral.” – Louisa Scadden, Head Of Communications, Admiral Group plc 

“The challenging goals we have set require continued great leadership, flexibility and an enhanced sense of ownership across the company. We asked Richard to get involved because of the challenging goals he had to overcome to succeed. The video we produced with Richard inspired and engaged our team as the 737 Challenge had many synergies with our own vision and his passion and professionalism meant he worked closely with our team to deliver exactly what we needed.” – Andy Street, Managing Director Of John Lewis