Alex Staniforth is an expert in resilience and achieving through adversity.
At just 27, he has already survived the two biggest disasters in Mount Everest history as a teenager. However, his biggest challenges have been much closer to home, suffering with epilepsy, stammering, bullying and mental illness since childhood.
Adventure has enabled Alex to discover a unique resilience toolkit and take advantage of adversity. He is now a record-breaking adventurer, ultra-endurance athlete, author and founder of mental health charity, Mind Over Mountains, who has raised in excess of £100,000 for charity and published two books, Icefall and Another Peak.
As an inspirational and international speaker, Alex is committed to helping teams and leaders build their resilience to take advantage of adversity and improve their well-being with healthy conversations.
With a lifelong stammer, Alex shares his adventures with a human vulnerability and openness, and actionable tools and takeaways audiences can apply to their own challenges; at home and work.
‘Bouncing back’ is no longer enough to move forwards in the post-pandemic world. Resilient leadership is instead about how we recharge – not how we endure – to sustain high performance.
Alex is a passionate advocate for the benefits of the outdoors for well-being and is the founder of Mind Over Mountains, a national charity to restore mental well-being through nature. He also delivered a keynote within the Moving Ahead International Mens Day summit in 2021.
Alex has already inspired global organisations including Rolls-Royce Submarines, Bank of America, Samsung, FedEx, Smurfit Kappa, Reckitt Benckiser, Heineken and the NHS to embrace failure, build positive well-being and achieve extraordinary goals.
“You brought together a large and varied audience of different roles, ranks and departments, and your presentation gave them the platform to step out of work, devote some time to themselves and their own mental health, offering your perspective and some techniques they can go away and use, and to realise that they are not alone.
To link your expedition to COVID was brilliant and allowed us to think about things differently. Sometimes the approach to mental health within organisations as big and cumbersome as ours can feel a bit of a tick box, superficial exercise, but your sessions felt very different, very real, very humble and very authentic. In my view, you will have made a difference much bigger than you may think or ever know.”
“Alex delivered a virtual motivational speech via Skype to circa 150 leaders in our business. The event was very well received with many leaders commenting on the relevance of Alex’s journey to our challenges and since the event several leaders have linked back to Alex’s content – describing their “resilience rucksack” and the question “are you pulling on the rope?” has entered our lexicon.
I was particularly impressed with the preparation and tailoring Alex was able to do to make the message even more pertinent to our business – it was a truly inspirational session summed up by one comment – “I can’t believe you just paid us to listen to that.”
“Thanks so much for coming down to talk with the team. You absolutely hit the brief - everyone has been talking about it ever since. It also encouraged one or two people to open up about their own anxieties and stories later in the day. And we had some really healthy conversations.
We have all adopted the slogan of “leaving base camp” and will be evangelising across the business about it.”
“Alex recently supported a team get together encouraging different ways to approach challenges in or out of work. His ability to quickly grasp the messages specific to the team and our business and then weave this into his delivery was impressive.
His authentic and humble articulation enabled there to be something in the messaging for everyone and this was very much appreciated. Thanks again Alex.”
“Your presentation was riveting, engaging and inspirational. We have received such overwhelming feedback on how your story resonated with the team and how it was what they needed at such an appropriate time.”