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Tom Avery, Inspirational Adventurer Business and Education Speaker

Tom Avery is one of only 38 people in history to have reached both the North and South Poles on foot, 

Tom Avery is quickly gaining the reputation as one of Briton's leading young explorers. He began his outdoor career as mountaineer, leading pioneering expeditions to the South American Andes, New Zealand, the Swiss Alps, Morocco and Tanzania. One of the freshest faces on the motivational speaking circuit, Tom's youthful enthusiasm, humility and passion has captured the imagination of a broad spectrum of audiences. Illustrated with a superb collection of slides and professional video clips, Tom brings the raw beauty of Antarctica into the conference room and describes how his team battled with the elements during their record-breaking journey. Drawing on his own experiences in the worlds of both exploration and business, Tom also explains how teamwork, communication, planning, enthusiasm and individual determination are the key ingredients in achieving results in a challenging environment. 

Tom Avery Inspirational Adventurer Business and Education speaker


Tom Avery Inspirational Adventurer business and Education speaker

As one of only 41 people in history to have reached both the North and South Poles on foot and a veteran of over a dozen mountain and polar expeditions, Tom Avery is one of the brightest stars amongst the UK's new generation of explorers.

Tom is best known for leading the expedition described by the Guinness Book of Records as "the fastest surface journey to the North Pole", which retraced Robert Peary and Matthew Henson's footsteps to the Top of the World. To quote The Sunday Times, "Avery is shaping up to join the ranks of such British immortals as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dame Ellen MacArthur."

Tom Avery was born in December 1975 and brought up in Sussex, Brazil and France. His passion for adventure began at the age of eight when he first read about Captain Scott. He knew then that his life wouldn't be complete until he followed his hero's footsteps to the South Pole.

Tom's mountaineering career began at the age of sixteen with a series of rock and ice climbs in Wales and Scotland. At university he organised and led expeditions to the Andes, New Zealand, the Alps, Tanzania, Patagonia and Morocco.

After graduating from Bristol University in 1998 with a BSC in Geography and Geology, he began a 15-month career as an accountant with Arthur Andersen. Eventually forced to choose between the city and the mountains, Tom chose the mountains.

The pinnacle of Tom Avery's climbing career to date was in 2000 when he led a pioneering British expedition to a previously unexplored 20-mile mountain range close to China's western border. His team scaled nine unnamed virgin summits up to 6,000 metres high. On 28 December 2002, days after his 27th birthday, Tom Avery became the youngest Briton to complete the perilous journey to the South Pole on foot. His team also broke the South Pole Speed Record; using state of the art kites to power them across the ice, they covered the last 47 miles to the Pole in an amazing 31 hours.

In April 2005, Tom electrified the exploration world by recreating Robert Peary's disputed 1909 expedition to the North Pole. The five-strong team travelled in a similar style to Peary with teams of Eskimo dogs and replica wooden sledges. Tom's ambitious aim was to prove the skeptics wrong and match Peary's 37-day journey to the Pole. After an epic dash across the most unforgiving environment on the planet, Tom's exhausted team rewrote the history books by making it to the Pole with five hours to spare.

A born leader, this remarkable young man runs every expedition himself, organising everything from the fundraising to the training to the logistics to the selection of his teams. His expeditions have received a huge amount of international print and TV media coverage, in the UK and the US in particular. Tom's highly acclaimed first book, Pole Dance, was published in 2003 and he is currently working on his second book about his record-breaking North Pole expedition.

Tom worked as an ambassador for the London 2012 Olympics and The Prince's Trust and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. 

Tom Avery,  thank-you for coming to speak at our Team Building event. You made the content relevant and personal to us and your messages on the importance of team work and leadership were spot-on.  It had a very positive impact on the Team and the feedback has been amazing.  Thanks again.

Sue Crawford Head of Development KP Snacks

Tom Avery  engaged an international audience of 200 highly talented and accomplished individuals. He did this through his personal warmth, perfectly pitched humour and his clear commitment to adventure. Tom's incredible achievements and subtle leadership messages had a hugely positive impact on them all. Truly inspirational.

Chris Dixon, ABN AMRO

Thank you very much for coming to speak at our conference. Of the 41 delegates who have so far returned their evaluation sheets, 39 rated your talk as "excellent" - the highest result we've ever had for our speakers in the ten years we're been running this event. Your session contributed enormously to making the conference such a great success.
Valerie Peacock, NHS

You have a natural gift for touching an audience. You were fabulous - a million thanks.
Andrew Garner, HBOS

Thank you so much for the talk that you gave last week at our European Strategy Group event in Paris. It was the perfect end to our day of discussions about the future direction of the business. It was fascinating and thought-provoking, as well as hugely inspiring to hear from someone who has achieved so much at such a young age. To add to this, your presentation style was superb, backed up by dramatic slides and video. The feedback has been tremendous and I will definitely be recommending you for other events within the firm.
Mark Maitland, PWC

A very big thank you for sharing your great passion with us and making our conference so memorable. Your desire for challenge and indefatigable spirit were truly inspiring to the team and everyone went away in a hugely positive frame of mind.
Nigel Keen, John Lewis Partnership

A massive thank you for a truly inspirational talk. I found it even more riveting than the last time I heard you speak! You totally captured the mood of the day and the imagination of everyone in the audience. I will definitely be recommending you to others.
Mark Collier, Dare Digital

Thank you for being such a good speaker and a delightful guest at our conference at Villa d'Este. You were brilliant and we've received a lot of hugely positive feedback from our clients from around the world. We hope that you will be able to speak for us again one day.
Lord Fellowes, Barclays Private Bank

Just a quick note of thanks for Tom's talk yesterday. He was just fantastic and right on the mark for what we required. The attention he commanded from the audience was palpable - from where I was sitting at the back I could see everyone was transfixed. I would not hesitate in recommending him to colleagues within the Lloyds TSB Group.
Chris Wells, Lloyds TSB