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Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett is an experienced Inspirational Speaker with 15 years under his belt. He had 12 cardiac arrests and a 10% survival rate after contracting a string of infections following a school trip to Disneyland Paris in 2006. Anthony's story tells his journey, shedding light on the power of teamwork, saying yes to opportunities and overcoming adversity in a powerful way, leaving audience members hanging on to his every word. In 2015, Anthony was named one of the happiest people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.


About Anthony Bennett

Anthony is an ex-patient of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. He takes audiences on a visual journey through his extremely near death experience, after returning from a school trip to Disneyland Paris in 2006 that left him fighting for his life.

After what many would consider being a miracle, Anthony was given only a 10% chance or survival, but has made a full recovery and is inspiring businesses, schools, and organisations with his optimism and bubbly personality.

Anthony brings to light the importance of teamwork, from the perspective of his family and the medical professionals during his time in hospital and how everyone from surgeons, to the cleaners who cleaned around his bed twice a day, played a valuable role when it came down to saving his life.

In 2006, after returning from a trip to Disneyland Paris Anthony fell extremely ill and was left fighting for his life.

The cause was narrowed down to the air conditioning within the coach and affected 80% of students on the trip but left Anthony with:

  • 10% chance of survival after contracting multiple viral infections
  • He suffered from a seizure whilst in a coma
  • He was resuscitated and brought back to life an amazing 12 times
  • He relearnt how to walk, talk, and breathe again after spending 3 weeks on an Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine.

After making a full recovery, Anthony played a major role in winning a £7.5m Charity Partnership between Whitbread PLC and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, where he spent 4 years traveling the UK and Inspiring teams to get involved in raising the much-needed funds for the children’s charity.

He went on the be named one of the happiest people in the UK in the Independent on Sunday’s 2015 Happy List, a programme recognised by the Prime Minister for his efforts in enriching the lives of others, making Britain a better place.

Now an International Motivational Speaker, Anthony inspires audiences globally.

Speech Topics
  • Dealing with Setbacks & Being the Best You Can Be
    Positive seeds of growth are planted during our lower times. Opening new perspectives and ways to think about setbacks and the positive outcomes that can be as a result, Anthony speaks on the impact of self-challenge and saying yes to opportunities and being the best you can be.
  • The Journey (teamwork)
    Storytelling the journey through his multiple brushes with death, Anthony highlights the importance of teamwork and how every person from the patient-facing cleaners, nurses, surgeons to the behind the scenes procurement and warehouse teams and more all played a role when it came to saving his life.
  • Resilience & Building a Positive Mindset
    With mental health related absences on the rise, we are seeing an increase in the number of people being signed off with anxiety, depression and all round burnout. When a positive boost is needed, these sessions are the perfect way to motivate and inspire your teams. Sharing examples and practical tips on building resilience and working with our inner voices to work with us rather than against us.
  • For health-related events he delivers a special talk entitled – A heartfelt thank you from an ex-patient

Everyone has a superpower they bring to the table. When you have the right mix of superheroes working together, amazing things can be achieved.

Previous clients include Amazon, Network Rail, Very, Costa Coffee, NHS, SKY, Lloyds Bank, L’Oreal, and Whitbread to name a few.

His speeches are a captivating account on the power of teamwork, with rich insight, honesty, humility, and humour, blended with an image based presentation that compliments his story, bringing the entire journey to life.

The presentation gives everyone an insight into the superpower they have whether they appreciate it or not on a daily basis. Anthony’s thought-provoking sessions uplift the hearts and minds of all listening. What is your superpower?



Anthony has now developed a longer interactive 90mins session.

Consisting of 60 to 70mins speech, Anthony talks through the two voices many people have in their imagination. The ‘Dreamer’ voice that always wants the best for us and the ‘Puller-backer’ voice that tries to talk us out of ideas.

He invites members of the audience on stage to step out of their comfort zones and to follow the Dreamer voice to share something that makes them proud of themselves, something they have overcome, reasons for why they chose their profession or simply a thank you to someone that has helped them along their journey.

Creating a safe space to interact, the sessions have proven to be incredibly inspirational and work well for those organisations looking for slightly longer sessions.

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"Anthony was brilliant, and the feedback from colleagues on the day was 100% positive. His presentation was excellent and very well-delivered. His speaking style, even to such a large number of people, was incredibly engaging. The tone was perfect, and switched from humour to deep sensitivity with ease and carried us along on his journey for a good 45 minutes which seemed to pass so quickly."


"Anthony was amazing, feedback was really positive and some heads have taken contact details for further events they may want Anthony to speak at."

Bedford Group

"Anthony was professional from the moment he arrived, and his presentation was outstanding. He was able to connect with so many people in the room and I know many were inspired and felt very encouraged. Anthony’s courage, humility, humour, authenticity, kindness and skilled abilities as a presenter were second to none!"

Health Care England

"Anthony went down a STORM! Brilliant energy. Great message. Everyone left feeling very inspired."

Action for Children

"Everything went really well thank you, Anthony was great, very moving!"

St Columbus College

"On behalf of LSE and the PSS Conference volunteers team, I wanted to thank Anthony for his time, and for sharing his life story with us last Friday. He truly is an inspiration and a wonderful, captivating speaker- and our conference attendees can attest to that."


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