Round the World Yacht Race Winning Skipper
In 2009, Brendan skippered a racing yacht in the ultimate long-distance challenge. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – A 40,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical vessels.
Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, he and his team won it in convincing fashion. He didn’t win because he was the best sailor or strategist, but because he created a resilient, high-ownership culture, with a compelling vision, strong values and a continuous-improvement mindset.
Keynote Speaker & Change Leadership Expert
Brendan helps leaders and their teams navigate through the storms of organisational change and marketplace uncertainty.
He shares the behaviours and strategies he knows develop a culture that can weather storms, embrace change, provide safety in uncertainty and develop brilliant, resilient people.
Speaker, Husband, Father of two
Well… that’s the formal description over with. My version sounds much less heroic!
If I had to sum it up, I’d say I’m a keynote speaker, racing sailor, caring husband to my partner Lois and father of two amazing children, Aurelia and Gus.
We’ve made our life ashore in Dorset, on the stunning south coast of the UK, where I spend my free time (..and there’s not much of that anymore- thanks kids) learning to kitesurf.
How I found my passion
It all began in 2003- I was running an IT helpdesk in Brisbane, Australia when I made a life changing, scary decision to leave the ‘sensible career’ behind and (try to) follow my dream. I sold every possession I owned, moved to the other side of the world and trained to become a professional sailing skipper.
I’m pretty sure everyone thought I’d be back in 6 months, having “got the sailing bug out of my system.”
Come 2009, I’m leading a team of 44 sailors on a racing circumnavigation of the planet – a leadership challenge like no other. I was the youngest and least experienced skipper of the final 10 skippers who were selected.
I didn’t get everything right – but I learned some important leadership lessons that only experience can teach you! These are the gold nuggets of learning I wrote about in Team Spirit, and that I share with my audiences from the stage.