Neil Laughton is a former Royal Marine commando, helicopter pilot and SAS officer turned business entrepreneur who has navigated the complexities and challenges of a rapidly changing world as a military, business and expedition leader.
He has won multiple business awards, various adventure world records and was formally recognised by the Royal Geographical Society for his “Leadership and encouragement of others to reach their potential.” One of the businesses he founded grew to £40m turnover and was bought by a FTSE 100 in 2011. Neil is currently Managing Director of Laughton & Co Ltd (an experiential training and development company), Chairman of the Scientific Exploration Society and Captain of the England Penny Farthing Polo Team.
Neil is passionate about travel and adventure and he has organised and led more than 50 expeditions on 7 continents, by land, sea and air. He has completed the Explorers Grand Slam – climbing the highest mountain on each continent and skiing to both Poles. He summited Mt Everest with Bear Grylls, was the first person to circumnavigate the UK and Ireland on a jet ski and he piloted the world’s first road legal flying car on a 10,000 km journey from London to Timbuktu. In 2017 he paddle-boarded around Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean, 2018 saw him host the world’s highest black tie dinner party at 23,000 ft on Mt Everest and in 2019 he rode 874 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats on a Penny Farthing bicycle whilst raising over £100,000 for three charities – Rockinghorse, Community Action Nepal and Mary’s Meals.
Neil is an experienced speaker who engages, entertains and inspires audiences around the world. He was the keynote speaker at a Fitness First business conference comprising 2,000 fitness centre managers and he has spoken at conferences and training events for leading organisations including Accenture, Bank of England, British Airways, BT, Coca Cola, McKinsey & Co, Mercedes Benz, TEDx and Xerox. He shares remarkable stories around risk taking, strategic planning, innovative thinking, effective leadership, cooperative teamwork and determined resilience.
In summary, Neil inspires people to think big, feel confident and to act like champions.