Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO

With a military career spanning four decades, Major General Patrick Cordingley DSO DSc FRGS is best known for commanding the 7th Armoured Brigade – the Desert Rats – during the first Gulf War.

Since retiring from the army in 2000 he has become an authorative commentator on international affairs and has appeared on various television programmes and is a regular on BBC Radio 4. He holds a number of trustee positions with various organisations and has written two best selling books.

Patrick has also become a highly sought after motivational and after dinner speaker. Being a popular and well respected commander of many thousands of men, Patrick has great insight regarding what it takes to become a successful leader. In his speeches he shares his experiences and knowledge, along with humourous anecdotes; explaining to the audience the importance of being positive and inspiring confidence. He also explains how careful decision making and team-building are vital, whether it be in a combat situation or in a corporate office.


Patrick’s outstanding military career and his later achievements, combined with intelligence and a sense of humour, makes him a popular choice for corporate events. He speaks with an eloquent and relaxed yet informative style. This is always well received by audiences, who are entertained and motivated.

Patrick is happy to work to a client’s brief, who may wish to incorporate specific messages. He also has a clear understanding that every audience is different. The resultant lectures and discussions are inspiring and fully engage those taking part.

In a poll of 400 delegates attending a conference organised by DBA Speakers, Patrick’s ability to communicate was rated 3.9 out of a possible 4. The theme of his keynote address was ‘Motivation, Risk and Strategy’. The score was the highest ever given to any speaker by the multi-national company.


Topics can include;

  • Leadership during periods of tension
  • High intensity conflict motivation
  • Decision making
  • Building a successful team
  • Risk and strategy
  • Maintaining excellence and responding to pressure
  • Overcoming setbacks