Manley Hopkinson twice served as an Officer in the Royal Navy, re-joining for the first Gulf War. Between times Manley was an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Marine Police. In 2000, he was selected as a skipper in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, leading a team of volunteers, including novices, for 9 months in a 32,000 mile journey, the “wrong way”! Manley continued his adventures as part of the 3-man team that won the inaugural race to the Magnetic North Pole. The team faced polar bear attacks, and sub-zero temperatures, learning huge lessons about both surviving and competing in very difficult circumstances. Their record time of 10 days and 9 hours still stands.
Manley applies his Leadership experience to great effect designing and delivering successful cultural change programs, and sitting on the Board of a number of organisations globally, including the ATLAS Consortium, Hewlett Packard Defence UK and Ark Data Centres, delivering true “high performance cultures”.
In 2014, Manley published “Compassionate Leadership: How to Create and Maintain Engaged, Committed and High-Performing Teams”. In this entertaining and hugely readable book, Manley combines the two worlds of business and adventure to encourage leaders everywhere – at work, at home, in sports and mid-ocean – to take a new approach to creating teams of developed, self-aware and committed individual.
In his unique style, Manley brings the wealth of all these experiences to his talks which continue to inspire, motivate, educate and entertain audiences around the world.