Inspirational speakers

Inspirational speakers sponsored by Safety Media

Facilities Show 2018 was proud to welcome comedian and mental health expert Ruby Wax OBE and English rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward to the event’s keynote speaker line-up. Joining Nicky Moffat CBE who was formerly the British Army’s highest-ranking female officer, both Ruby and Clive gave fascinating, contrasting talks on the importance of positive professional environments in sustaining and growing a healthy, happy, high-achieving workforce. 

As a reminder, Facilities Show 2017 featured star studded inspirational speakers including:

  • Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes
  • Rock star Professor Brian Cox OBE
  • World renown rugby union referee Nigel Owens MBE
  • Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE


Meet our speakers:

Ruby Wax

Known for being an unconventional interviewer, comedian, writer and actor, Ruby Wax has become a respected and high-profile campaigner for a raising a greater awareness of mental health issues, recently adding best-selling memoirist and qualified mental health expert to her repertoire.

Holding a Masters in Psychology, Ruby is a Visiting Professor in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey, a patron for the British Neuroscience Association, has worked with the Home Office to raise awareness of mental health, and has collaborated with Google on how technology can aid mindfulness. Her acclaimed TED speech on the importance of viewing mental health on a par with physical health is one of the most popular on the subject.

Taking to the Facilities Show Keynote Stage on Tuesday 19th June, Ruby addressed the importance of good mental health as well as tackling the problems of communication within businesses and organisations, especially for leaders. Combining psychological insights with her understanding of writing and performing, and of course humour, Ruby helps both individuals and groups understand how to create an open, honest culture that encourages and succeeds. It was a hilarious yet essential education not to be missed by responsible employers and employees alike.

ruby Wax
Nicky Moffat

Nicky Moffat

As the former highest ranking female Army Officer, Nicky shared her perspective on the role of strong leadership in driving inclusive change and optimum performance. Nicky also addressed career development for women in leadership roles and in organisations more generally, as she now advises the Army Board members and other employers on the retention of female talent.

Clive Woodward

We were excited to welcome English rugby legend and management pioneer, Sir Clive Woodward, to talk about the key attributes needed to create a winning team on and off the pitch; talent, teachability, pressure and will. Universally credited with bringing world-class professionalism, cutting-edge techniques and new management skills to English rugby, Clive explained how this back-room expertise can be applied effectively to businesses in preparation for challenging situations and to enable optimum service delivery.

After famously guiding England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup and three Six Nations tournaments, Clive has since served as Director of Sport at the British Olympic Association, working in partnership with UK Sport. During this time, London 2012 produced the most successful British performance of the modern era, with 65 medals including 29 golds.

Outside of sport, Clive has made great waves in the wider business world, first with Rank Xerox in the UK and Australia, then as sales director within the Ford Group, before forming his own successful leasing operation.

Clive Woodward

The Inspirational Speakers held their sessions in the Keynote Theatre, sponsored by Safety Media.

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