Marc Woods

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Speaker Topics

  • Workforce Reform
  • Wellbeing
  • Systems Leadership
  • System Change and Transformation
  • Self Evaluation
  • Raising Standards
  • Professional Development
  • Motivation
  • Mentoring
  • Learning
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Communication
  • Change
  • Challenging and Coaching School Leaders
  • Adventure And The Outdoors


Marc was diagnosed with cancer at 17 and consequently had his left leg amputated below the knee. Not knowing whether he had six months or 60 years left to live, he was determined to make the most of whatever time he did have. Moreover, Marc has done just that - becoming a member of Great Britain’s Paralympic Swimming Team, a multiple Gold Medallist, BBC commentator and author. Marc’s distinctive, open style demonstrates his passion for life, translating into a moving and motivating experience for audiences.
His dream was to simply be the best that he could be and just 18 months after he finished his chemotherapy he was selected to represent Great Britain.
He subsequently competed at European & World Championships and Paralympic Games. In his 17 years of competition he won a staggering 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games, 4 of those medals being gold. Marc also won a further 21 medals from European and World Championships.
Marc presents to organisations all over the world. He works closely with his clients to ensure the emphasis of his speech compliments the issues that are currently being faced in the work place.
There are numerous learning points within his presentations including insights into:
• Motivation
• Teamwork
• Leadership
• Communication skills
His presentations follow him on his journey from 'taking personal responsibility' to 'working within a small team' through to 'enthusing the broader support team'.

With Marc Woods at your conference, attendees become focused and determined to get everything they can out of the meetings, training, workshops and networking he offers. Not only will the audience refer to his words throughout the day, but his contribution will increase the take-home value for your delegates.
Marc helps people focus on aiming to be exceptional themselves and on being valued members of their teams. Weaving his inspirational story of coping with the unexpected, personal resilience, motivation and teamwork into the issues facing all organisations, Marc Woods’ life proves that focus and determination are a winning combination.
Marc is based in the UK & US and divides his time between the two. He is passionate about delivering his message to organisations and businesses all over the world.

Marc’s speech ‘Personal Best’ can be delivered as a stand alone keynote presentation or it can become a more integral part of a full day programme. When the later is the case Marc will discuss with the event organisers how best to maximise his messages and ensure that the momentum generated during his speech is continued throughout the day. Examples of workshops sessions that can follow his presentation are:
• Taking Action – Reflective practice and acting upon review
• Continuous Improvement
• Understanding your team

Current Positions Held

• International presenter
• Trustee of Teenage Cancer Trust since 2008
• Board member of the Youth Sports Trust since 2007

Personal Achievements and Awards

• Marc became a patron of CANSA in 2006 – Cancer Association of South Africa
• Marc has been a patron of the Bone Cancer Research since 2007
• 12 Paralympic medals from 5 Games, 4 of those medals being gold.
• A further 21 medals from European and World Championships.
• Author of “Personal Best”
“Personal Best is a truly inspirational book, written with great honesty, compassion and humility. Marc's ability to overcome adversity and triumph in so many diverse areas is an example to us all. His immense sporting achievements and his work on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust is unequalled and his indomitable spirit shines through."
Sarah, the Duchess of York
"Marc has a remarkable story and is an absolute inspiration"
Roger Daltrey
Now retired from international swimming Marc has embarked on a series of new challenges. Having already trekked in Nepal, Ecuador and Peru (the Inca Trail) he has begun to develop his mountaineering skills. To date he has climbed the world’s highest volcano, Cotopaxi in Ecuador; Mont Pelvoux part of the Massif des Ecrins in France and 22,200ft Mera Peak in Nepal.

For availability or to book this speaker please email or call 07595 820211 / 07919 216280