Alex Staniforth

Cheshire, United Kingdom
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About Alex Staniforth

Aged just 23, record-breaking adventurer Alex Staniforth has achieved more than many would in a lifetime. As an international keynote and TEDx speaker Alex is moving audiences of all ages to overcome their own ‘Everest in life’ and challenge themselves.

In 2015, Alex was caught up in an avalanche on Mount Everest during his second attempt to climb to the summit, aged 19. Adversity is the greatest teacher, and Alex is no stranger to such obstacles. Epilepsy, anxiety, depression, bullying and most remarkably – a stammer – plagued his school years. An affinity for making a difference became his way to fight back. With entrepreneurial spirit he had to find a way or make one to fund both of his Everest expeditions, two years in a row, despite a ‘typical’ background. In 2014, his first expedition was then cancelled following a tragic avalanche above base camp. In 2015 he returned to the mountain, this time having a narrow escape when the Nepal earthquake triggered avalanches and took the lives of three of his team at base camp.

In 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb the highest point of all 100 UK counties in 72 days, covering over 5,000 miles by bicycle, foot and kayak, the equivalent of 13 Everests in height gain, and raising over £25,000 for mental health charity Young Minds. For this he won the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year.

Alex released his first book, Icefall, in 2016, endorsed by Bear Grylls. He has raised over £85,000 for charity, reached 7,125m on Cho Oyu (sixth highest in the world), and is an ambassador for four organisations including Westgrove Group and YHA England & Wales. He was a torchbearer in the London 2012 Olympic Torch relay and is an experienced runner and cyclist.

With compelling honesty and passion, Alex will inspire your team/students/audiences to change their mindsets towards adversity and challenge their own challenges to succeed.


My Specialist Subjects

How Obstacles are Opportunities to Win

A gripping journey of overcoming adversity and the hard-hitting lessons along the way, with rare first-hand accounts of the Everest avalanche disasters in 2014 and 2015. I've learnt that like the Icefall, life is a pretty fragile thing, and I leave this emotive message to prove the power of dedication, aiming high and resilience in achieving our full potential.Whether for a business, event, or any audience, I understand that the attributes to overcome obstacles and be resilient when achieving our goals is largely the same whether on the worlds' highest mountain or in a business project. Adversity is personal to all of us, and it was finding my purpose to climbing Mount Everest where I met a different type of adversity altogether.

If I can show them a 21 year old refusing to give up, they will struggle to find excuses when faced with their own 'Everest'.

Typical themes included: Perseverance, leadership, teamwork, mental resilience, entrepreneurship, management of disappointment, taking calculated risks, achieving goals.

The Icefall Project

When speaking to students of high school age and above, I help young people build resilience to achieve their potential and overcome their 'Everest in life'. Resilience is something that modern education fails to teach, and resilience is key to their performance and success, not only in education but in their whole lives. I feel there's no better example to prove this to young people- than another young person- of similar background and circumstances they can relate to.
Using my journey of overcoming adversity, and the emotional, hard-hitting lessons from the avalanche in the Icefall on Mount Everest in 2015, I can show young people that the biggest obstacle will always be themselves. By resilience and having the right mindset, I have used my experiences as a chance for growth and achieving my potential to help others. Whether it's exam pressure, uncertainty over their future, or similar issues like depression, I can give them hope that such hurdles can be overcome.


I asked Alex to come and share his “Journey” with my team of senior managers and executives (approx. 50 people). My objective for asking Alex to present was to give a good example of how people overcome numerous obstacles and still come out as winners. Alex's preparation for the presentation was meticulous, he customised his presentation to my need, message ,and audience. He ensured my team and I were happy with the content and even showed us videos of previous presentation to give us a feel for his style and delivery. On the day his presentation was delivered perfectly– the timing was good, the message was brilliant and the whole team were captivated with his story. The message of overcoming obstacles to still come out on top was simply thrilling. The teams feedback was of the highest praise – one executive commented “If that was my son I would be the proudest Dad on Earth”. I have no hesitation in recommending Alex as an inspirational speaker.

Dan Hallett, Reckitt Benckiser

"This was a very successful presentation, it started strongly, captivated everyone’s attention and then continued to a very high point at its conclusion. You used humour extremely well which put your audience at ease and carried them along with you. It also certainly allowed them to feel your sincerity. Your appreciation of your audience was first class as you pitched your presentation just right – very professional and proficient but with an endearing style. This is often where presenters get wrong and fail to carry their audience with them. And finally, the standing ovation. Audiences do not give a standing ovation lightly, especially the Chester Business Club. Yours was given freely and across the room. The speed at which it happened also demonstrated that they were with you right to the very end, lingering on every word. You should take great stock from this as, I am told that that not even Ranulph Fiennes received such an accolade!"

John Thomson, OBE QVRM TD MSc DL rcds

"Alex is an excellent speaker with a story that can motivate and inspire any room. He has overcome a number of challenges through his young life, and hearing about how he has gone about turning adversity into a purpose to reach the top of the world was a real honour. We gave him a brief of closing one of our most high profile events, whilst re-enforcing our key messages in his speech. I am pleased to say that he more than delivered on our expectations. I would not hesitate in recommending his services."

Steve Swallow, the Football Association

It was a well-constructed, interesting presentation which you delivered, without notes, in a very engaging way. Students related well to the challenges you recounted, even those who were less driven by the mountain itself! The setbacks and moments of revelation helped to make the story both interesting and inspiring and, once again, the whole audience was able to take aspects of the experiences and put them into a personal context.

Andrew White, Head of Sixth Form, Abbotsholme School

Thank you very much for your recent presentation at our Leadership Event at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. It was a hugely inspiring talk that you delivered which highlighted all of the key elements that we were looking for to inspire our staff to think differently about their roles as leaders and working as part of teams. We were humbled by your personal reflection on the journey you have undergone to become an adventurer and motivational speaker. I want to thank you on behalf of the organisation for your presentation which has received outstanding feedback from our staff.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nursing Officer, UHCW NHS Trust

Clients I've Worked For

  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Smurfit Kappa (x 9)
  • Chester Business Club (x2)
  • Westgrove Group
  • ABTA Lifeline
  • The FA (Football Association)
  • Bentley Motors
  • NHS (National Health Service)
  • Melton Foods
  • BUCS (British Universities and College Sports)
  • BETA (British Educational Travel Association)
  • Oakridge Training Centre, Manchester
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award
  • BOSS Federation
  • Synergy Creative

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