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Alex Staniforth

'The Adversity Adventurer' Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking young adventurer, author and mental health charity founder. A beacon of resilience, Alex survived the two biggest disasters in Mount Everest history as a teenager and is an incredible keynote and motivational speaker.


About Alex Staniforth

Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, inspirational speaker, author and charity founder from Cheshire who is no stranger to overcoming challenges.

By 19 years old Alex had already overcome and achieved more than many will in a lifetime. As a teenager he survived the two most significant disasters in Mount Everest history, in two consecutive years. However, his biggest mountains have been much closer to home: epilepsy, bullying, mental ill health and a stammer since childhood.

Alex never allowed this to become his identity – only his experience. Re-framing adversity as an opportunity for growth has given him a unique insight and drive to inspire others to overcome their own ‘Everest’ and achieve against the odds.

This is not your typical success story of reaching the summit. Alex takes his audiences on an emotional journey of resilience, courage, failure, teamwork and triumph over adversity. Sharing lessons from adventure and ultra-endurance, he brings a unique perspective on resilience and success with practical ideas that anyone can relate to their own challenges at work and home.

After single-handedly raising over £35,000 in corporate sponsorship whilst still at school, Alex’s first attempt to climb Mount Everest in 2014 was abandoned following a tragic avalanche that took sixteen lives. In 2015 he was trapped at Camp 1 for two days following the Nepal earthquake and an avalanche which took the lives of three team-mates at Base Camp.

Alex has continued to push his limits and re-define success, raising over £100,000 for charity and publishing two books, Icefall and Another Peak. In 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops by bicycle, foot and kayak, covering over 5,000 miles in 72 days, and winning a Pride of Britain award. In 2020 he completed the National Three Peaks entirely on foot, running 452 miles in 9 days 12 hours, and founded Mind Over Mountains, a charity to restore mental well-being through nature.

With humility and vulnerability, Alex openly shares his own mental health journey to encourage conversations and challenge stigma, and how maintaining well-being is fundamental to achieving high performance. Resilience is more than simply ‘bouncing back’, it’s how we recharge and move forwards through the challenges ahead.

As an motivational speaker, Alex has been trusted to deliver keynotes for leading companies around the world – including Rolls-Royce Submarines, Samsung, Bank of America, FedEx and Heineken – helping them build the resilience to overcome failure, embrace change and protect their well-being under pressure.

To book Keynote Speaker Alex Staniforth, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Resilience through Adversity: how to embrace the unexpected

Challenges are inevitable; being defeated is optional. However, resilience isn’t simply about bouncing back: it’s how we recharge and move forward through the challenges ahead.

Drawing lessons and insight from his adventures and ultra-endurance, Alex will share the tools in his ‘Resilience Rucksack’ to thrive and achieve when faced by setbacks, failure, change and pressure – when the whole team depends on it.


Achieving Potential: why staying at Base Camp kills our potential

We all have our own ‘Everest’ to climb. Fear of failure often prevents us from taking the first step and achieving our full potential. In this keynote, Alex reveals how sometimes not achieving our goals first time can teach us even more, and why obstacles are an opportunity to win. His two consecutive disasters on Mount Everest will re-define our idea of failure and success to achieve against the odds. He shares the key components of goal-setting, building motivation, purpose and ownership to help us raise the bar even higher. Why settle for Base Camp?


Mental Health & Well-being: why resilience is about recharging, not enduring

High performance isn’t sustainable without maintaining our well-being too. With a refreshing vulnerability, Alex openly shares his own mental health journey as a young man to encourage open conversations, whilst challenging the myths and stigma that takes thousands of lives in the UK each year. His ultra-endurance challenges offer proactive strategies to prevent, recognise and recover from stress and burnout, and learn to spot the warning signs and support our team around us. As leaders, it starts with putting our hand up first.


Mountains in the Mind: why mental fitness matters

High performance isn’t sustainable without training our well-being too. With a refreshing vulnerability, Alex openly shares his own mental health journey as a young man to encourage open conversations about mental health, whilst challenging the stigma that costs thousands of lives each year. For leaders, supporting the team often starts by putting our hand up first.

Drawing from his ultra-endurance challenges and lived experience, Alex shares his tools to build our mental fitness so we can proactively manage stress, spot the warning signs and avoid burnout – one small step at a time.

Booking Information

Here you can find links to books by Alex Staniforth. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

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"It’s a real credit to you and skill that you are able to adapt your work to the client in this way – you really picked the theme out of our discussion and made it so focused, relevant and effective."

HEFMA Leadership Forum

"The distillation of his own personal challenges and incredible experiences into practical, helpful advice makes for a highly compelling session."

International Compliance Association

"Feedback received from participants was exceptional, so many inspired to push outside of their comfort zone and to see what opportunities lie ahead!"

Samsung Electronics

"You were "pitch perfect" today and delivered a sincere and compelling story of inspiration."

Randstad Sourceright

"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."

Cambridgeshire Police

"A lot of us had read about your story online, but hearing you tell it yourself yesterday was more inspiring than I would ever have imagined. Your story telling skills are second to none and I believe that you have had an incredible impact on a lot of people who were on the call by being vulnerable, sharing your struggles, and letting us into your world."

Internet Fusion Group

"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!"

Rolls-Royce Submarines

"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."

National Grid

"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."

Heineken UK

"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."

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