Inspirational speakers

Facilities Show Inspirational Speakers

Facilities Show is excited to introduce its star studded inspirational speakers:

  • Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes
  • Rock star Professor Brian Cox OBE
  • Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE

The inspirational speakers will each be headlining one day each of Facilities Show, in the keynote theatre (sponsored by Honeywell).

This year’s inspirational speakers will be focusing on the theme of strength, resilience and defying the odds. With each speaker delivery a session on the obstacles they faced, solutions they found and how the results allowed them to march on.

Meet our speakers:

Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes, presenting 20th June, 11.30 – 12.30 and joining a panel debate 12.30 – 13.15 is best known for her success in the 2004 Olympics, where she won two golds and became only the second woman in history to claim the 800m and 1500m titles for British athletics. Prior to her success on the track she served almost 10 years in the military and was awarded an MBE for her services to the British Army. What many people may not know is that she has also battled with depression, and at Safety & Health Expo, following her keynote speech, Dame Kelly has agreed to share her struggles on the show’s mental health panel discussion. This will immediately follow her speech on ‘having the passion, compassion and courage to succeed’ on 20th June.

Professor Brian Cox OBE, presenting 21st June, 11.30 – 12.30 is one of UKs most famous (and dare say favourite) physicists, having made the world of science so engaging and accessible to the masses. He has played a key part in the ATLAS and CERN Large Hadron Collider projects, whilst still finding time to take part in TV programmes such as ‘Wonders of the Universe’ and ‘Wonders of the Solar System’, which have been viewed around the world by millions. Many will also know him from his keyboard-playing days in ‘D:Ream, the pop band behind the 90’s hit single, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. Professor Cox will be ‘Exploring the Universe’ with us on 21st June.

Professor Brian Cox
Simon Weston

Simon Weston CBE, presenting 22nd June, 11.30 – 12.30 was aboard HMS Sir Galahad with the Welsh guard regiment when it was bombed by Argentinean planes during the Falklands War. The horrific burns he suffered required a series of operations that continue to this day. Despite his injuries and the physical and mental suffering, Simon’s life is an example of great personal triumph and courage. He is a true role model for positive mental attitude and overcoming hardship. Simon will share his very personal story about ‘turning adversity into opportunity’ on 22nd June.

The Inspirational Speakers will be holding their sessions in the keynote theatre which is sponsored by Honeywell

Honeywell