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Ken Hames

Ken Hames is a real life action man who leads from the front. Having spent 25 years in the army, he is a leadership expert, a skilled and proficient mountain guide, and an inspiring, dynamic and motivational speaker.


About Ken Hames

Ken is almost unique in having served in The Parachute Brigade, the Royal Marines and the Special Air Service. Ken’s operational experience is vast, ranging from guarding Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hesse, in Spandau Prison to the liberation of Port Stanley in the Falklands.


Ken Hames TV documentaries highlight his extraordinary ability to inspire and motivate even the most unlikely candidates. His unique skills enable him to take any rabble of individuals and finish with a winning, cohesive team, using sound leadership and thorough training are just some of the tools he uses. Ken is passionate about empowering people to transform their lives for the better.

Ken Hames had an impressive military career which included operational experience ranging from guarding Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hesse, in Spandau Prison to the liberation of Port Stanley in the Falklands.

Ken Hames has brought a unique slant to the many documentaries that he has created and presented for television. Ken’s third series of ‘Beyond Boundaries’ was set in the Andes range in Ecuador and followed his highly acclaimed BBC1 documentary ‘Ex Forces and Homeless’ , his next broadcast series will be ‘Beyond Boundaries – Where Are They Now’. Ken has created and presented series like, ‘Mission Africa’ – a 15 part series for primetime BBC1 where Ken took a group of young apprentice builders from the UK to Kenya to build the first eco lodge and game reserve to protect the endangered species that live there working closely with the Born Free Foundation.

This was then handed over to the local Samburu tribe as a sustainable business that also protects the wildlife. Ken created and is the expedition leader on the ground-breaking ‘Beyond Boundaries’ series for BBC TV. This is now a successful brand with its own live event, bringing disabled people from all over the world together with their friends and families. Each series, Ken takes a different group of highly disabled people and motivates them to achieve seemingly impossible expeditions.

He trains and inspires them into a team and the end result is life changing. ‘Desert Darlings’ was broadcast on Channel 4 in spring 2003. Ken took couples across the Namib Desert, placing their sometimes fragile relationships under the extreme pressures of an expedition. His first series for Channel 4, was the award winning, ‘Jungle Janes’, where Ken’s challenge was to turn a group of British women, none of whom had any expedition experience, into a cohesive team fit enough to take on the gruelling jungles of Borneo. It was enjoyed by millions who found this journey an inspiration.

The first documentary was a television series, called ‘The Trek’ broadcast by Meridian. In 1994, with the help of Diana, Princess of Wales, Ken was able to take twelve disadvantaged youngsters to the heart of Africa on a 500-mile trek over desert and mountainous terrain; the process transformed their lives and Ken still monitors their progress, twelve years on.

Ken presented the highly praised series, ‘Greatest SAS Missions’ for Five in 2004, CBBC’s ‘Bring it On’, ‘Hero Factor’ for the Discovery Channel in 2002, ‘Battle Stripes’ for Sky in 2000, ‘Future Fighting Machines’ for the US in 2003, Channel 4’s ‘Shattered’ and ITV’s ‘Celebrity Fit Club’. Ken was also involved from the earliest of stages in the design and development of ITV’s ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’.

He is an accomplished Mountain Guide and skier and represented Great Britain in cross-country skiing. He played rugby for the Combined Services, is an expert in the great outdoors in all survival disciplines and is a keen amateur opera singer.

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"Ken did a fantastic job for us and it was an inspiration to hear him talk and motivate our leadership team. We look forward to his return."

British Gas

"Your speech was an inspiration to our audience. You have given IGF members a renewed sense of motivation and desire to succeed."

Director of Global Financing – IBM

"Ken’s motivational style lifts people’s horizons. He was an absolute inspiration to our delegates."

Lehman Brothers

"In his leadership master class Ken gave my senior managers a renewed sense of purpose and direction. He is current, credible and inspirational and is particularly adept at getting results in a short timeframe. I continue to use him to keep my leaders at the cutting edge."

Microsoft Corporation

"Ken inspired us all with his motivational conference programme and leadership master class. We are looking forward to the next phase in our business development programme."


"Wherever Ken goes the atmosphere changes significantly. He is able to get results and does this with credibility as someone who is still out there ‘doing it’ so to speak. He has a unique understanding of the pressures facing business today and delivers solutions that will help managers do better."


"Ken, Thank you so much for speaking at the Business Direct Forum, the feedback has been excellent. The Management team were really impressed and delighted. Your positioning was spot on and we were all grateful for the amount of time you took to understand our business and current challenges."

"Ken was down to earth and could connect with the young people as well as the support workers, teachers and general audience. He exceeded our expectations – in terms of motivation and enthusiasm. Ken was fantastic, just what we ordered in terms of a motivational speaker who could connect and inspire an audience."

University of Salford

"Ken’s presentation style is enthusiastic, professional and friendly. The audience were able to relate to the different experiences portrayed by Ken and at the same time managed to deliver/tie in with our themes of ‘team working’. He exceeded our expectations and we were delighted. Employees are still talking about how good it was and how inspired they ear; our problem for next year’s annual review is finding a motivational speaker who is as good as Ken and we’ve had many."

Burness LLP

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