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Alex Alley

Alex Alley is a Multiple World Record and World Champion sailor, Round the World Yachtsman and co-author of Boat to Boardroom and the 7 Racing Rules. Alex uses the valuable skills in tenacity and resilience that he has acquired over the course of his career to help companies and their employees develop strong ‘can-do’ attitudes in their working and personal lives.


About Alex Alley

Alex Alley, since returning from the around the world Global Challenge with a team, continues to push himself by embarking on new adventures including an incredible solo around the world record attempt where he spent 76 days alone at sea. As a leader and adventurer, Alex captivates his audience with his dramatic tales and has them on the edge of their seats. As a natural leader he helps management teams to thrive and become resilient within their workplaces.


Alex Alley has an amazing drive and passion for all things ‘Ocean,’ but his real strength is bringing it to life within the business world.

A pioneer of the new discipline of Adventure Psychology™ he imparts his knowledge and experience to help people and businesses to ‘Go Knowingly into the Unknown’ ™

He cleverly brings to life the analogy between sailing and business and draws out the lessons from world class yacht racing – ‘we are literally all in the same boat, with a skipper/CEO in charge. We all have to cope with competition and when things don’t go to plan we still have to deal with it.’ His unique style keeps the audience captivated while instilling powerful lessons. Whatever the level of seniority, there is always learning to be had.

After 9 years of hard work, tenacity, resilience and an unfailing desire never to give up, Alex returned from his biggest adventure to date. A professional sailor all his life, he set off from the UK on what was to be a dramatic adventure into the Atlantic on his crowd funded Class 40 race yacht. His aim – to break a Solo Non-Stop Around the World record.

However, after 75 days alone at sea and having covered over 14,000 miles, disaster struck, and he was forced to abandon the record attempt 1000 miles south of Australia in the middle of the Southern Ocean. Very few people have spent longer alone at sea. Pushing himself and the boat to the limit 24 hours a day proved too much for some of the equipment onboard. Rebuilding his autopilot and watermaker to keep going, Alex reveals what drove him on.

Multiple World Record and World Champion sailor, Round the World Yachtsman, and co-author of Boat to Boardroom, Alex Alley has spoken at conferences and helped companies all over the world, from sales teams to the boardroom, from charities to some of the world’s biggest blue-chip companies.

Alex’s Books:

7 Racing Rules

How to win in business and in life.

If these 7 Racing Rules can work for Alex in the extreme circumstances his has encountered, they can certainly work for the rest of us.  Topics covered include delivering the best for your team, debating and identifying ultimate goals and choosing your attitude. This book is refreshing and applies technics from real life stories on the ocean, to help you in the business world.

Boat to Boardroom

High performances lessons for leaders and teams using the Global Challenge Round- the- World Yacht Race.

Ten hours into the race. It’s 02.00 and pitch black with a Force 8 Gale blowing. Team Stelmar are battling with heavy seas and stormy weather: the wind and spray are lashing the crew on deck, the helm struggles to control the boat and it lurches violently from wave to wave. Suddenly, a shout of ‘MAN OVERBOARD’ jerks the off watch out of their restless sleep… You are the skipper; how would you prepare for this looming disaster?

Alex’s Happy Clients include:

  • Unilever
  • GSK
  • Astra Zeneca
  • NHS and HMRC
  • Boots
  • Corporate Finance Group
  • BG/Scottish Power
  • British Airways
  • American Express
  • AON
  • Barclays
  • Orange
  • CRUK
  • Coca Cola
  • Halifax
  • HBOS
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola
  • Natwest
  • RBS
  • RNLI
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • Sainsburys
  • Vodafone
Speech Topics
  • Crisis Management
  • Leadership and team building
  • Resilience and Tenacity
  • Inspirational real life stories from the Ocean
  • Motivational skills at all levels in business
  • Boat to Boardroom analogies
  • Control the controllables
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"I first saw Alex speak at my previous company. I was impressed then and when I knew he was coming to our company conference this year I already knew it was going to be a success."

Iain, CEO, Assent Building Control

"Excellent yet again. This is the second time I have heard Alex speak, and it is still just as impressive and the lessons are still just as powerful. Again the audience has left inspired and fired up."

Financial Director, Scottish Power, Centrica/BG Group

"I have been attending conferences for over 13 years and Alex is by far the most inspiring speaker I have ever heard, the entire company were captivated."

Sue, Director, Building company

"I have attended a lot of business workshops over the years and yours stands out not only because it is a dramatic, inspirational and real story, but you can really instill complex and deep business messages which I have never heard before."

Martin, CEO, Investment Company

Alex Alley News

Aug 08, 2022

The Speakers Agency in Conversation with Alex Alley

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