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May 10, 2015

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Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Baroness Karren Brady to speak at Safety & Health Expo

Three outstanding keynote speakers have been announced for this year’s Safety & Health Expo. Find out when, where and what they’ll be talking about.

Lessons in Leadership with Baroness Brady, CBE, the first lady of football and distinguished woman in business

Kicking off the series of inspirational keynote hours, Baroness Brady will take to the stage for a must-attend talk on business management and leadership. Speaking on the same day as Safety & Health Expo’s inaugural ‘Women in Health & Safety Forum’, Brady will share anecdotes from her meteoric rise within a male-dominated industry and will offer plenty of advice for women following in her footsteps.

One of the country’s most successful business leaders, Karren Brady shot to prominence in the world of football at a young age. At just 23 she was appointed Managing Director of Birmingham City FC shortly after it had fallen into receivership. Under her leadership the club went from strength to strength and four years on was floated on the stock market for £25m – making her the youngest ever Managing Director of a UK PLC. Since then she has advised and led a whole host of organisations, including Channel 4 Television, Mothercare, Syco, Arcadia and West Ham United, where she is currently Vice-Chairman.

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Presentation outline: In her keynote address Brady will guide visitors through her business principles, sharing her personal insights and success stories in:

  • Becoming a respected leader, no matter what your gender, age or industry
  • Motivating and energising diverse teams

There will also be the chance to question Brady about leadership, women in business or any other aspect of her illustrious career.

When & Where

Tuesday 16th June, 11.30, Keynote Arena. Click here to register now to attend.


Alan Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice is also known as the ‘first lady of football.’ She became MD of Birmingham City at the age of 23, and is now Vice Chairman of West Ham and one of the UK’s best known business personalities. Karren Brady is tough, ambitious, focused and has a wicked sense of humour… just don’t ask her which team she supports.*

Karren started her career in sales at LBC Radio. Having successfully sold advertising to David Sullivan, the owner of Sport Newspapers, she accepted a job offer from him and soon became a director of his company. When Birmingham City fell into receivership and came up for sale, she famously persuaded Sullivan to buy it and appoint her as Managing Director.

In her first year at the helm, the club recorded a trading profit. By the time it was launched on the stock market, it was valued at £25m. The average gate then increased to a sell-out of over thirty thousand, and the business was valued at £60m.

Karren has added The Mothercare Foundation, Channel 4 and Sport England to her portfolio of directorships. She has also written two novels and two business books and is a regular columnist in The Sun, The Guardian and Birmingham Evening Mail.



Extreme Health & Safety: Preparation and Perseverance with Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE, the world’s greatest living explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes joins us at Protection & Management 2015 to give his unique take on pushing the boundaries of health & safety. His remarkable career has taken him to many of the world’s harshest locations, where preparation and perseverance have kept him alive and well.

Known as the world’s greatest living explorer, Fiennes has smashed world record after world record. Amongst countless achievements he has: crossed the Arctic and Antarctic Ocean; reached both Poles; circumnavigated the world along its polar axis – a 3 year, 52,000 mile expedition which has never been successfully repeated; run 7 marathons in 7 consecutive days in 7 continents; climbed the North Face of the Eiger, aka. ‘the wall of death’; and climbed Everest several times, including reaching the summit and becoming the oldest Briton to do so.

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Presentation outline

Fiennes will tell the tales of his most dangerous and testing expeditions, shedding light on his extraordinary experiences in:

 Planning complex journeys beset by geographical and physical obstacles

  • Avoiding fatal hazards and keeping safe in nature’s most adverse conditions
  • Channelling determination, patience, and creative thinking to (safely) achieve your goal

There will also be time for questions, so visitors can dig deeper into any area of his fascinating presentation.

When & Where

Wednesday 17th June, 14.30, Keynote Arena. Click here to register now to attend.


Often described as the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer,’ Ran Fiennes is the first person to reach both North and South Poles by foot. He also made it into the record books by completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after receiving emergency heart surgery. Only then did he take up climbing, starting with the North Face of the Eiger. At the age of 65, at his third attempt, Ran became the oldest Briton to conquer Everest.

In 2013 Ran launched The Coldest Journey, an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot during the southern winter where the temperature falls to minus 90°C. He was forced to withdraw when he suffered severe frostbite, but still claims that “if you are lucky enough to be able to walk around without a crutch, you might as well go for it.”

There is another dimension to the expeditions. A huge amount of scientific research has been carried out by Ran Fiennes’ teams, and charities such as Marie Curie and the Multiple Sclerosis Society have benefitted to the tune of many millions.

How to achieve peak performance through marginal gains with Sir Chris Hoy, Britain’s greatest Olympian and the most decorated cyclist in history

In his highly anticipated keynote presentation at Protection & Management 2015, Sir Chris Hoy will talk us through the ‘marginal gains’ strategy which he credits with much of his success. Based on the theory that marginally optimising every possible area for improvement will result in profound progress, it’s a strategy that can be translated to any business or field.

As winner of six Olympic gold medals and one silver, Hoy is Britain’s most successful Olympian. He’s a model athlete who inspired a generation at London 2012, and he knows better than most what’s required to reach the top of your field in a competitive environment.

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Presentation outline

As well as explaining how he leveraged the marginal gains strategy to reach the top of his game, in his presentation Hoy will also touch upon:

  • The importance of team culture and a winning mentality
  • Staying motivated and disciplined during intense pressure

Following his presentation the floor will be opened for a 25 minute Q&A, so come armed with your questions for Britain’s most successful Olympian.

When & Where

Thursday 18th June, 11.30, Keynote Arena. Click here to register now to attend.


Chris Hoy is an eleven-time World Champion and winner of six Olympic gold medals – a tally that marks him as Britain’s greatest Olympian and the most successful cyclist in history.

After starting out in competitive BMX at the age of seven, Chris became Scottish champion and was ranked ninth in the world. As a teenager he also competed as a rower, winning silver in the junior coxless pairs at the British Championships; but he decided to concentrate his efforts on track cycling, and by the age of twenty he had joined the national squad.

Chris’ first Olympic gold came in Athens, achieving success in the 1km time trial. With three more golds at Beijing, Chris was feted as a British sporting hero – but it was at the London Games where he became a true legend. Winning the two competitions in which he was eligible, Chris’ tearful moment on the podium became a defining image.

In presentations he explains the buzz of training, and describes how “the euphoria of winning a race by 2/1000ths of a second helps the brain mask the pain.” He looks at the highs and the lows, the team culture and psychology that helped his success, and also talks about the team’s self-belief: “We never felt like plucky underdogs.”

Despite his celebrity status, Chris’ feet are firmly on the ground: “I didn’t take up cycling to become rich or famous. I just feel fortunate to have done a job I genuinely enjoy.” But he also admits that he has to win at everything – “It’s a bit embarrassing away from the track.”

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