Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Ranulph Fiennes OBE

Motivational and Entertaining Presentations by Ranulph Fiennes OBE (with or without PowerPoint slides). Ranulph Fiennes has been titled by the Guinness Book of Records as “The Worlds Greatest Living Explorer”.


Daily Telegraph 2000 listed Ranulph Fiennes as “One of the world’s top ten speakers”

“A truly amazing evening.  Ranulph not only left our guests in tears of laughter, but moreover inspired by his unparalleled, motivational spirit”

Team Manager SAATCHI & SAATCHI – May 2012

“I wanted to thank you personally for such an outstanding contribution to what became a hugely successful Conference.  You have the unique gift to motivate and inspire people to push themselves to the limits”

Head of Professional Development-Finance ROLLS-ROYCE plc – October 2012

“Your talk was the outstanding contribution of the day”

Chief Executive THE MARKETING SOCIETY – December 2012

“He was sensational and our audience really enjoyed his inspirational stories”

Marketing Director, BEYOND LUXURY MEDIA – November 2012

“Inspiring.  Amazing.  Breathtaking.  All superlatives which are overused, but not tonight.  Needless to say, I refer to Ran”

The Director, DUNDEE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL – November 2012

“Last night was incredible.  A room full of people left hugely inspired, and the atmosphere was the best that City Lit has had in a long time.  I can’t thank Sir Ranulph enough”

Marketing Director, CITY LIT, LONDON – August 2012

“Following your speech in Amsterdam, I lost count of the number of my customers who commented on how inspiring, funny and interesting they found Sir Ran.  To have them laughing within moments of him taking the stage was particularly impressive”

Managing Director, CAPACITY MEDIA – November 2012

“Sir Ran was a great table guest and a wonderful speaker. We have received quite a bit of feedback from our guests and they all loved him!” (RACAL ACOUSTICS SEPT 2011)

the entire room was spellbound by your words and adventures, they were truly inspired by you”

(DE LA RUE MAY 2011)


“the presentation was extremely entertaining, witty, inspiring, thought provoking and humbling, the best speaker we have ever had and will find it difficult to follow next year” (PHILIPS – APRIL 2011)


“Sir Ranulph went down a storm.  His presentation was amazing (you could hear a pin drop in the room)” (SOUTH STAND CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 2011)


“it was clear that everyone was hugely energised following your presentation which was both entertaining and thought-provoking on many levels” (E-ON NOVEMBER 2010)


“you lead such an inspiring life and not only defy the odds but also ensure that those who need help receive it with the many millions you and your team have raised over the years” (LONDIS 2010)


“the feedback we have received was immense and you are by far the best keynote speaker we have ever had” (COMPTIA OCTOBER 2010)


“my admiration for him as a truly great Briton has increased 100 fold following his talk”



“he thrilled and delighted the audience with his gripping stories from his expedition and adventures”



“excellent, very inspirational, fantastic speaker” (NHS NORTH WEST FEBRUARY 2010)


“thank you again for making the evening so memorable, not only for myself but for the 590 people in attendance on the night, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive”



  • Born UK 1944, just after his father was killed in the war.
  • Brought up in South Africa
  • Back UK, Eton College
  • Failed A Levels
  • Joined Royal Scots Greys (Tanks). Cold War
  • Joined SAS 1965/1966. Youngest Captain in the British Army
  • Fought Marxist Terrorists1968-1970 and received the Sultans Bravery Medal from  HM the Queen
  • 1984-1990 Vice President of PR and Adviser for Western Europe to Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corp.
  • Married childhood sweetheart in 1970 and together they launched a series of record breaking expeditions that kept them ahead of their international rivals for three decades. Some of these huge challenges include:

First to reach both Poles (with Charles Burton).

First to cross Antarctic and Artic Ocean (with Charles Burton).

First to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton).

‘This 3 year, 52 000 mile odyssey took intricate planning, 1900 sponsors, a 52 person team to handle, complex communications, meticulous planning and iron determination mixed with flexibility. The circumnavigation has never been successfully repeated.

Led the first hovercraft expedition up the longest river in the world (the Nile) in 1968/1969.

Achieved world record for unsupported northerly polar travel in 1990.

Led the team that discovered the lost city of Ubar on the Yemeni border in 1992 (after seven previous search expeditions over a 26 year period).

Achieved world first in 1992/1993 by completing the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent (with Mike Stroud). This was the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

In 2003, only 3½ months after a massive heart attack, 3 day coma and double bypass, Ranulph Fiennes (with Mike Stroud) achieved the first 7x7x7 (Seven marathons in only seven days on all seven continents).

March 2005, climbed Everest (Tibet-side) to within 300m of summit raising £2 million for the British Heart Foundations new research MRI scanner.

March 2007, Sir Ranulph climbed the North Face of the Eiger and raised £1.8 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care’s delivering Choice Programme

Winner of ITV Greatest Britons 2007 Sport Award (Other nominees included Joe Calzaghe and Lewis Hamilton)

May 2008, climbed Everest (Nepal-side) to within 400m from summit raising £2m for Marie Curie Cancer Care Delivering Choice Programme

In 2009 Successfully Summited Everest becoming the oldest Briton to do so.

In 2010 Ranulph Fiennes was named as the UK’s top celebrity online fundraiser by JustGiving, the UK’s most popular online fundraising platform. Having raised more than £2.5 million online for Marie Curie Cancer Care over between Jan 2009 and Dec 2010.


French Parachute Wings 1968, Dhofar Campaign Medal 1968, Sultan of Oman’s Bravery Medal 1970, Man of the Year 1982, Livingstone Gold Medal Royal Scottish Geographical Soc 1983, Gold Medal NY Explorers Club 1984, Fndr’s Medal RGS 1984, The Polar Medal 1984 with Bar 1995 by HM the Queen (first wife was first female recipient), ITV Award for event of the decade 1990, Explorers Club (Br Chapter) Millennium Award for Navigation 2000, Oldie of the year 2004; Hon DSc Loughborough Univ 1986, Univ of Plymouth 2011; Hon Dr: Univ of Central England (Birmingham) 1995, Univ of Portsmouth 2000, Univ of Glasgow 2002, Univ of Sheffield 2005, Abertay University (Dundee) 2007, Plymouth 2011



Eighteen books including the UK bestseller (Times and Telegraph) in 1991 The Feather Men, and in 2003  the top selling biography (Times) of Captain Scott. His latest book My Heroes was published in 2011. Also in 2011

The Feather Men was released as a major motion picture Killer Elite.


Charity Work

To date Ranulph Fiennes has raised over £16 million for different UK charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been named as the UK’s top celebrity fundraiser by JustGiving, the UK’s most popular online fundraising platform. He has raised more than £2.5 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care over the past two years – more than any other celebrity fundraiser featured on JustGiving.com during the same period.