Ken Hames, Leadership Speaker, Management Speaker, Team-Building, Motivational Speaker, Ken Hames served in the British Forces for 25 years and is one of the elite British Officers to have worn the red beret of the parachute parade, the green beret of the Royal Marines and the sand beret of the Special Air Service. His military experiences have taken him world wide and he was one of the last British soldiers to guard Rudolph Hesse in the infamous stronghold of Spandau in Berlin.

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Ken Hames served in the British Forces for 25 years and is one of the elite British Officers to have worn the red beret of the parachute parade, the green beret of the Royal Marines and the sand beret of the Special Air Service. His military experiences have taken him world wide and he was one of the last British soldiers to guard Rudolph Hesse in the infamous stronghold of Spandau in Berlin.

Ironically he was there when the Berlin Wall was finally broken down as one of the last British Officers to work behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. Ken’s operational experience is vast. He completed no less than eight tours of Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles. He was also at the liberation of Port Stanley in the Falklands and served in the SAS in the first Gulf War after commanding Britain’s anti-terrorist team for one year.

Ken's corporate work is focused mainly on business improvement programmes with strong emphasis on behavioural skills and positive attitude. In his keynote, speeches he provides a fascinating insight into pressure, change, survival, teamwork and winning against the odd bringing strong evidence of best practice in difficult and demanding circumstances. His main effort is to promote development, provide motivation and give inspiration to leaders and managers and offer practical solutions with strong anecdotal evidence from the army and working with business.

Ken has developed and completed many 'Business workshops', the focus of these have been to develop the essential thinking skills and processes required to manage situations and threats that are ever changing and to lead teams through crisis situations. Ken says "The thinking process is the key to successful leadership, when the process is instinctive you will always possess an advantage."

His Business Development Programmes for companies such as IBM, Redrow, British Gas have inspired teams to a higher level of performance through innovative ways, to get more cut of their conferences and meetings to help the organizations maintain their edge, motivate and develop their staff and help them make their business easier to manage and the teams deliver their business objective.

Areas of Expertise

In February 2005, Ken completed one of his toughest challenges to date leading a team of people with disabilities across Nicaragua from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. This started with the inhospitable Mosquito Coast, through jungles, over mountains and up live volcanoes to the huge rolling waves of the Pacific Coast, a distance of 300 kilometres.

This remarkable achievement was a first as no other expedition in history has ever attempted this difficult and dangerous route overrun with drug running bandits, arduous terrain and temperatures of over 40 degrees. With inspiration from Ken the team made it in one gruelling month evading some of the world’s most dangerous snakes, penetrating the infamous jungles of the Mosquito Coast and climbing the most difficult live volcano in Central America.

Soon to be seen as a four one hour documentary on BBC2 entitled ‘Beyond Boundaries’ this expedition breaks new ground as a real example of inspirational leadership and teamwork.

Ken’s corporate work has been dominated by motivational speeches to some of UK’s leading Blue Chip companies. In his speech ‘Lead, Follow, Change or Get Out Of The Way’ he offers a powerful comparison between leading hardened SAS soldiers and the pressures of modern business practice.

Ken’s latest achievement has given him even greater focus to talk about the formulation and operation of high performance teams in difficult circumstances and how to nurture better behavioural skills, leadership and positive attitudes. Ken’s recent experiences have enhanced his workshops where he delivers his leadership master class providing a structure and toolbox to help senior managers maintain a cutting edge, develop best practice and compete to win in competitive markets.

In 1994 with the help of Diana, Princess of Wales he took 12 disadvantaged young people to the heart of Africa for a 500-mile trek over desert and mountainous terrain. But - perhaps ironically - he only became famous when he led a team of women into the jungle of Borneo for the TV Show ~ Jungle Janes. Ken's challenge was to turn a group of British women - none of whom had faced anything like this before - into a cohesive team fit enough to take on the jungle.

Millions of viewers found the journey an inspiration. In October 2002 Ken filmed the follow on to Jungle Janes, in Nambia, which took couples on an expedition across the harsh Namibian Desert, in a hope of finding the fundamentals of relationships. Desert Darlings was screened on Channel 4 in the spring of 2003, Ken was involved in the design and development of the highly successful "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here".

Ken's other television credits include the popular BBCI children's programme " Bring it on", "Hero Factor" for the Discovery Channel September 2002, " Battle Stripes" for Sky 2000-2003.

A powerful and charismatic speaker Ken's comparison between leading hardened army platoons into the jungle - and leading the women across the jungle - provides a fascinating insight into pressure, survival, teamwork and motivation. Ken is an 'action man', he has played rugby for the Combined Services, and is an expedition and adventure training expert.

He is an instructor in mountaineering, rock climbing, skiing, survival and rescue disciplines and has represented England in the sport of cross-country marathon skiing. His main effort is to promote development, provide motivation and give inspiration to leaders and mangers.

Ken's Topics Include:

Leadership, Business Development

Motivation, Communication

Management of Change, Personal Development

Client Comments

"Ken Hames is the master practitioner in the war of training. He has the unique ability to inspire others to seek personal transformation and achievement."

Diana, Princess of Wales

"Ken was an inspiration to our delegates. He has a great motivational style which lifts people's horizons."

Carole Nicholl, Lehman Bros

"Ken was inspiring and stimulating. His presentation captured the theme of our event and his message had a lot of relevance to our audience. It was great."

John Ogilvie Network Veka

Some press cuttings from recent reviews of Desert Darlings

'Ken Hames will almost certainly become a TV star, which will help to redress the reputation of army majors on television.'

Mark Lawson, Guardian 21/4/03

'Ken is the man charged with guiding these innocents through their trial. Exuding capability and a certain kind of military charm, he's a calming influence at the centre of the expedition.'

Peter Chapman, Independent 19/4/03

'Unless hardship brings out so far hidden depths among the darlings, the most interesting of the travellers is pack-leader Ken Hames himself.'

Peter Paterson, Mail 23/4/03

Thank you for your fantastic presentation. The feedback was excellent. People will not forget ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way’

Martin Goodman, Office of the Director – IBM

Your speech was an inspiration to our audience. You have given IGF members a renewed sense of motivation and desire to succeed.

Paul Foulkes Director of Global Financing IBM

In his leadership master class Ken gave my senior managers a renewed sense of purpose and direction. He is current, credible and inspirational and is particularly adept at getting results in a short timeframe. I continue to use him to keep my leaders at the cutting edge.

Robert Ford CIO EMEA Microsoft Corporation

Ken inspired us all with his motivational conference programme and leadership master class. We are looking forward to the next phase in our business development programme.

Simon Curry Director BT UK

Ken did a fantastic job for us and it was an inspiration to hear him talk and motivate our leadership team. We look forward to his return.

Derek Hudson Vice President UK British Gas

Wherever Ken goes the atmosphere changes significantly. He is able to get results and does this with credibility as someone who is still out there ‘doing it’ so to speak. He has a unique understanding of the pressures facing business today and delivers solutions that will help managers do better.

Jerry Hagan Director GlaxoSmithKline

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