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Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is the instantly recognisable broadcaster, traveller, adventurer, and writer. He sprang to fame after volunteering to be marooned on an uninhabited Scottish Island of Taransay for a year as part of BBC 1's Castaway 2000. Since then, he has become a mainstream TV documentary series presenter and undertaken many challenges. He also a fine speaker and first-class event host.

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About Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle doesn’t let anything stand in his way. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean, crossed Antarctica on foot, run across the Sahara and crossed the Empty Quarter on camel.  Ben Fogle has written several bestselling books including Offshore, The Teatime Islands, The Crossing, Race to the Pole. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times. He writes weekly columns for the Saturday and Sunday Telegraph.

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Ben Fogle has made numerous documentaries including The Secrets of Scott’s Hut, Dangerous Roads and Swimming with Crocodiles for BBC2. Make me A New Face about the facially disfiguring disease, Noma in Ethiopia, and Prince William’s Africa, in which Ben followed the young royal on his tour of Botswana. Furthermore, he has completed multiples series of New Lives in the Wild/Where the Wildmen Are and Migration for Channel 5.

He has also presented numerous hit programmes on the BBC, ITV and Channel 5 including, New Lives in the Wild, Extreme Dreams, Countrywise, Harbour Lives, Through Hell and High Water and Crufts.

In addition, he has hosted a number of hit shows including eight series of the BBC’s Animal Park. He has also presented Wild in Africa, Wild on the West Coast, Countryfile, One Man and His Dog, and Crufts.

Ben writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and has written six Sunday Times bestseller books.  He is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, Centrepoint and the Princes Trust, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of The Royal Parks Foundation.

Born in 1973, the son of actress Julia Foster and broadcast vet Bruce Fogle. After completing his A-levels at Bryanston School in Dorset, Ben went on to spend a gap year in Quito Ecuador where he helped in an orphanage and taught English. Ben went on to spend a second year on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras and Nicaragua where he worked alongside the American Peace Corps on a Turtle conservation project.

Ben eventually settled down to a degree in Latin American Studies at the University of Portsmouth where he also enrolled as a midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserve. Ben was deployed to Norway, Spain, Gibraltar and France and as Officer of the Watch aboard HMS Blazer, Fogle was responsible for escorting HMY Brittania into Portsmouth Harbour for the last time.

After a year at the University of Costa Rica, Ben found himself as the picture editor for society glossy magazine, Tatler, for whom he worked for just over a year before.  His year on the remote island of Taransay, where he and 35 other men, women and children became totally independent and self-sufficient, opened up so many opportunities for him.

In 2005 he rowed the Atlantic with Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell, the five-part BBC series, Through Hell and High Water, followed their efforts winning an RTS award. In 2009 Ben teamed up with Cracknell once again to race 500 miles on foot across Antarctica to the South Pole, the prime-time BBC series, On Thin Ice. Ben’s passion for adventure culminated in three series of the BBC hit, Ben Fogle’s Extreme Dreams, in which he leads ordinary people on extraordinary journeys around the world from the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the desert of Libya.

Ben is a regular skier and a keen horseman. Ben also has his NAUI/PADI SCUBA diving certificate, his Ocean Yachtmaster and Coastal Skipper sailing certificate, is a qualified dingy sailor and is fluent in Spanish. Ben’s sporting achievements have included beating actor Sid Owen in a three round charity boxing match for BBC Sport Relief

Other endurance adventures include completing in the Marathon Des Sables, 160 mile, six day, self-sufficient race across the Sahara Desert which he ran for WWF. He has completed the Safaricom Marathon in Kenya for the TUSK Trust, the Bupa Great north Run, the London Marathon, Tough Guy, Man versus Horse, and the Royal Parks Half marathon.

His most recent achievement is the inaugural Amundsen Omega 3 South Pole Race, a 500-mile footrace across the Antarctic to the South Pole, the first since Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey. Ben followed up this trip by going back to Antarctica in 2010 to record a documentary on Scott’s journey, 100 years on.

Ben is a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, an Ambassador for WWF and Tusk. He is also a keen supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and President of the Campaign for National Parks.

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"Thank you very much for attending this CIPS Annual Dinner, and giving a fantastic after-dinner speech. The feedback I've had has been superb. In fact, over the last 10 years my guests have always given me feedback, and I can - without exception - say you have outshone all previous speakers."

Computacentre UK Ltd

"The feedback thus far received indicates the day was a huge success and this was overwhelmingly due to your participation. Thank you once again for delivering not only an inspiring speech, but one that helps our managers recognise the value of perseverance and believing they can achieve difficult things. My sincerest thanks for this stimulating thinking."

Royal College of Nursing

"Ben was excellent at mixing and mingling with the guests especially as we did not accompany him. His speech to the audience was very good and very well received. I would say that he did not necessarily follow the brief completely however he did do an excellent job on this. Ben was very tired from just coming back from New York and this came across in a one to one situation with the committee pre press interviews and at times he was quite hard work at the table which did surprise me. Although when in media situations or on stage he was excellent."

CIPD Guernsey

"I always thought Ben would be a nice person to meet - I was right. What you see is what you get. I wish he could have inspired our Headteachers for much much longer."

Kent County Council

"Ben was the consummate professional."

Setpoint Scotland North

"Excellent. He was very positive and struck a good balance between storytelling and humour. Ben worked well for a global audience."

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