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We are thrilled to announce the line-up of inspirational speakers for the Keynote Theatre.
Each year we aim to excite and create debate with famous faces who share lessons and insights from their careers, and this year is no exception.
With enthralling and entertaining speeches to inspire your health and safety strategy and change the way you think about mental health, risk management and teamwork - this is an unmissable opportunity to hear from Alastair Campbell, Amy Williams, MBE and astronaut Major Tim Peake, CMG.
Alastair Campbell is a writer, communicator and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and overseas, he now splits his time between writing, speaking, charities, and consultancy. He is editor-at-large of The New European , and chief interviewer for GQ magazine.
He has written sixteen books, including several volumes of diaries of his time in politics, four novels, and Winners and How They Succeed, a Number 1 best-selling analysis of what it takes to win in politics, business and sport. His latest book, Better To Live, is a personal account of his struggles with depression, published May 2020.
One of the UK’s foremost mental health campaigners, he has made award-winning documentaries on depression and addiction. A former ‘Mind Champion of the Year’, he is an ambassador for several mental health charities including Mind, the official charity partner of Workplace Wellbeing Show. He is an active supporter of the Heads Together campaign headed by Prince William. In November 2017 Campbell was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in recognition of his leadership role in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness, and in campaigning for better services.
Amy Williams claimed Team GB’s sole victory at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and put the skeleton bobsleigh event firmly on the map. She became the first British solo Winter Olympic gold medallist for 30 years and set the stage for later successes.
Having started her sporting career as a runner, her desire to achieve on the world stage led her to the often-overlooked winter sports. She focussed on the skeleton bobsleigh, a ferociously fast event frequently likened to sliding on ice at 100mph on a metal tea tray. However, with few winter sports facilities and no ice track in the country, Amy was forced to train on a dry-push facility with a bespoke sled. She had to help build and maintain her own equipment, testing the sled and spending hours in a wind tunnel in order to perfect her form. Through trial-and-error, she eventually learned all aspects of the sport in a way few competitors from more traditional winter sports countries do.
Having learned technicalities like the effect of air temperatures and the intricate mechanics of steering, Amy also took on the psychological and physical challenges. As well as the pressure of competing against better funded, more experienced sportspeople, she raced on the same track that had killed a competitor only the day before. Such experiences both gave her a competitive edge but also made her achievements in Vancouver all the more impressive. She reached 90mph and set two track records, finishing more than half a second ahead of her closest competitor.
Tim Peake was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS). Previously an Army Air Corp officer and test pilot, his work on the ISS and active engagement with the public back on Earth has made him a household name and role model to millions.
Having first flown as a teenager, Tim applied to the Army Air Corp and after serving on the ground in Northern Ireland gained his wings and served in search and rescue. He worked providing humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the Bosnian war, trained the first British Apache helicopter crews, and supported Special Forces in Afghanistan.
Following a distinguished military career and rising to the rank of major, and a period as a test pilot in the private sector, Tim applied to the ESA’s astronaut programme. Beating over 9,000 other applicants, he undertook a gruelling training programme that covered everything from living in Sardinian caves to spending 12 days underwater.
Travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz vessel, Tim and two fellow astronauts led the Principia mission, a six-month scientific research mission. Tim undertook over 250 experiments, a spacewalk to repair the ISS power supply, helped to dock two spacecraft, and piloted a simulated Mars exploration. Much of his mission focused on not just the scientific work of the ISS but in communicating it to the public. In regular contact via video and social media with Earth, Tim spoke to over 1.5 million schoolchildren across Europe from 400km above the planet. He even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and delivered a New Year’s message on the BBC.