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Ben McBean

Former Royal Marine Ben McBean lost two limbs after stepping on a Taliban landmine in Afghanistan in 2008. Within two years of losing his limbs, he had run the London Marathon twice. Ben's inspiring speeches are about endurance, adventure and the importance of living life to the full.


About Ben McBean

After stepping on a landmine while serving as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan, Ben was left unconscious and near death. He survived the horrific incident but had his left arm and right leg amputated. 

Ben was soon brought home on an emergency flight with fellow passenger Prince Harry, who hailed him a hero. 

Despite these injuries, Ben managed to remain focused on his recovery. A huge part of his rehabilitation was his resilience, and it still is today.

In 2012 he completed the UK’s Three Peaks Challenge raising funds for Child Bereavement UK and Mountain Rescue. In 2018, he ran 32 miles in the shape of a Poppy to raise funds for the British Legion.

A TV natural he has presented a strand for the BBC’s The One Show and featured in the documentary `War Torn Warriors` during which he overcame massive hurdles to trek to Everest Base Camp. He is also a regular on GMB discussing everything from learning to live with a disability, diversity, and Prince Harry.

Ben McBean is a massively inspiring and hugely motivating speaker who receives a standing ovation every time he speaks.

Speech Topics
  • Resilience
  • Positivity
  • My disabilities don’t define me
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"Ben McBean was an amazing speaker. Truly inspirational, humble, funny, sad and Ben is clearly such a wonderful human being. Everyone’s feedback was excellent and a he received a standing ovation at the end. I would recommend Ben as very suitable to most audiences."

South East Regional Organised Crime Unit

"Ben pretty much stole the show and was an absolute hit with all of us. His focus, commitment and drive inspired us all and I know a lot of the team are still talking about Ben. He was a superb addition to the night and made the whole evening memorable for all the right reasons. He also delivered a humorous story whilst remaining grounded and very humble."

Resource Solutions

"Ben shared his inspiring and motivational story at our largest event of the year. Delegates sat before him captivated by his genuine tale of triumph through the greatest of adversities. On the day, he took the time to learn about - and imbed himself with - our team and learn about what we do. He was able to adapt and tailor his message to suit the themes of the day. The standing ovation he received was testament to his message, his sincere delivery and his poignant reminder of the human experience."

National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers

"I just wanted to say thank you for recommending Ben. He was amazing and his story had such an impact on the audience. He was an absolute pleasure to deal with and his presentation had just the right mix warmth, humour, inspiration and motivation. An attendee called me this morning to say she used to moan to her husband about how hard it is caring for their adult son who has schizophrenia and how they never get to go away on their own. She said after listening to Ben, she has absolutely nothing to moan about ever again. So his impact is already being felt! Just one problem – how am I going to match this for next year’s event?"

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

"I wanted to write to thank you for your presentation at our Lloyds SME National Conference. We truly are committed to fostering a culture of positive mindsets, particularly when faced with challenges and adversity, and I am certain that your extraordinary story will have motivated people to continue on this journey.  Personally, I have heard you share your story several times and I would listen to you again tomorrow; every time I hear it I am absorbed, humbled and inspired."

SME Banking Lloyds Banking Group


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