Sue Stockdale, Business Speaker, Polar Explorer, Leadership Trainer, Motivational Speaker, executive coach, The first British Woman to walk to the Magnetic North Pole Sue Stockdale is a high flyer whose remarkable achievements have inspired many people to transform their dreams into reality. She has tested her capabilities to the limits in business, sport and adventure, and she uses these experiences to encourage others to move out of their comfort zones. Sue started her career in Corporate Training and Development working for British Gas. In 1994, she went on to work with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia where she took part in development of a major Change Management programme with the UN civilian contingent. A year later, Sue saw an advertisement in a newspaper which said: “Wanted – novice arctic explorers to ski to the Magnetic North Pole”. As an athlete who had represented Scotland, Sue knew she was fit enough, but had no experience of cross-country skiing or arctic temperatures. She sent off for details and when the brochure arrived asking “are you man enough for the Ultimate Challenge?” she became determined to win her place on the team. Following months of assessments and gruelling tests, she was eventually chosen from over 500 applicants as one of the team members to be led by David Hempleman-Adams. She then had to raise £15,000 to pay for her place in the expedition. During the 30 days in the freezing Arctic, she was continually tested both physically and mentally and became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole. After this success, Sue took part in expeditions to the Geographical North Pole, Antarctica and Greenland. Most recently she finished runner-up in Channel 4’s Superhuman undergoing some of the toughest scientific tests ever seen on TV.

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The first British Woman to walk to the Magnetic North Pole

Sue Stockdale is a high flyer whose remarkable achievements have inspired many people to transform their dreams into reality. She has tested her capabilities to the limits in business, sport and adventure, and she uses these experiences to encourage others to move out of their comfort zones.

Sue started her career in Corporate Training and Development working for British Gas. In 1994, she went on to work with the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia where she took part in development of a major Change Management programme with the UN civilian contingent.

A year later, Sue saw an advertisement in a newspaper which said: “Wanted – novice arctic explorers to ski to the Magnetic North Pole”. As an athlete who had represented Scotland, Sue knew she was fit enough, but had no experience of cross-country skiing or arctic temperatures. She sent off for details and when the brochure arrived asking “are you man enough for the Ultimate Challenge?” she became determined to win her place on the team.

Following months of assessments and gruelling tests, she was eventually chosen from over 500 applicants as one of the team members to be led by David Hempleman-Adams. She then had to raise £15,000 to pay for her place in the expedition.

During the 30 days in the freezing Arctic, she was continually tested both physically and mentally and became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole. After this success, Sue took part in expeditions to the Geographical North Pole, Antarctica and Greenland. Most recently she finished runner-up in Channel 4’s Superhuman undergoing some of the toughest scientific tests ever seen on TV.

Areas of Expertise

Not content to take life more slowly, Sue has used her achievements to become a role model for business people by bringing together her business, academic, and adventure knowledge into programmes on leadership, motivation and entrepreneurship. She continues to develop her own capabilities and is now in demand as a speaker, executive coach and facilitator.
Sue is an ambassador for women’s enterprise, and a leading authority on the subject. She works across Europe and is launching the London Chapter of Women Presidents Organisation – a peer network for women-owned businesses with annual turnovers in excess of £1million. She also serves on two national committees advising on women’s enterprise issues and is a frequent guest lecturer at leading universities on leadership and entrepreneurship.
Sue has an MBA in Entrepreneurship and MSc in Quality Management and author of Kickstart your Motivation and Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs which have received many favourable reviews.
Key Topics
Seven steps to achieving success
Kickstart your Motivation
Reaching your own North Pole in business
Harnessing the potential of high achievers in your business
Authentic leadership
Thriving in the extreme world of business
Corporate entrepreneurship
The rise of women in business - the changing balance of power and wealth
Creating entrepreneurial communities
Secrets of Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Client Comments


"On behalf of The Link Group and in particular Investors in People, I would like to thank you for your excellent presentation at our Awards evening. The content and the delivery was appreciated by colleagues and clients alike who I think felt motivated and felt privileged to share your experiences."

MO DIXON, BUSINESS LINK GLOUCESTERSHIRE

"We are so glad to have secured you for a series of after dinners at our COI programmes, the feedback has been very positive, with comments praising your relaxed approach, sense of humour, and ability to interact with the group before, during and after your presentations. Particular value, was your ability to enthuse an interest in just spending time thinking about how teams work together, and the added complexities that emerge when the team includes a range of cultures, outlooks and motivations".

VIKKI BEEKE, THE INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY

"Your excellent talk 'Using Your Emotions Intelligently' was extremely well received by our members. I have received a large number of calls from members who were variously inspired, motivated or just generally uplifted by your presentation. I found it refreshing to hear the subject of emotional intelligence tackled in such a practical and understandable way".

CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PERSONNEL AND DEVELOPEMENT

"Your contribution played a very significant part in the success of our conferences."

W H SMITH GROUP PLC

"Thank you for providing several motivational presentations for various teams throughout our global organisation. Although the topic of your presentation was crossing the Greenland Ice Cap, you related your achievements to the ever-changing needs of business with inspiration. Enabling our leaders and managers to focus on their goals. Also the sales training course delegates returned after your presentation with a renewed sense of purpose."
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ALCATEL.

"Your talk was most impressive, informative but also very entertaining. It gave our members food for thought".

FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES

"Sue's session on leadership was excellent and the highlight of the course. I would not have believed the parallels between Arctic expeditions and management/leadership."

NHS TRUST, SOUTHAMPTON

"You picked up on the issues relevant to our business and linked them to your presentation brilliantly".

NEWBRIDGE NETWORKS

"An Interesting story. Good links to business situation."

LONDON AND QUADRANT HOUSING TRUST

"Our aim was to generate excitement amongst candidates about our training, and there has been a noticeable increase in enquiries since your series of presentations."

ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL

"The vision, passion and action theme linked to your recent experience and drawing on analogies with running a business was inspirational!"

THAMES BUSINESS ADVICE

"Inspirational but also effectively relating into workplace situations"

SKANDINAVISKA BANK

"Sue received a high delegate rating. It was a measure of her success that delegates left armed with several ideas to improve their Business Continuity planning process."
SURVIVE BUSINESS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

"Sue has the ability to associate her own achievements with those in business. Superb".
ANGLIA CO OPERATIVE SOCIETY

"A wonderful presentation by a wonderful speaker. If after hearing Sue talk you still have the need to ask yourself the question 'what if', then you only have yourself to blame".
BRETHERTONS AULD AND JARDINE

"Sue follows on in the traditional line of adventurer and public speaker. Watch this woman she will go far - she is something special".

ROBERT SWAN OBE

"Our Christmas breakfast meetings are always something special and your presentation certainly lived up to expectations and added to the enjoyment of the morning."
HERTFORDSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

"This is very inspiring and uplifting presentation. It matches well with our requirement as Career Consultants to impart the strong and well-founded message that life is what you make it! We make our own destiny - even in the frozen wastes of the North Pole"
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, COUTTS

"The presentation lived up to its name `Making it happen` and gave us ideas on how we can do that ourselves".
INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION

"It was down to earth, yet uplifting presentation which showed us that any normal person is capable of achieving great things"
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY SOCIETY

"On behalf of the National Federation of Women's Institutes - Wales, I should like to thank you for contributing to the success of our Annual Conference in Swansea. Your address was interesting, informative and will have inspired members to challenge their own beliefs about their capabilities and motivate them to achieve their goals".
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF W.I WALES

"Sue was so inspiring that we have decided to help support her next venture"
UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE

"Our breakfast meeting attended by almost 100 people was a real success and enjoyed by everyone. This was evident by the positive reception by the local press and the complimentary comments we received."
LLOYDS TSB

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