THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY
Motivational Speaker. Leadership Author. Round the World Yacht Race Winning Skipper.
Brendan speaks internationally on leadership and team dynamics. He helps organisations embed a culture that can weather any storm, embrace change, provide safety in uncertainty and develop brilliant, resilient people.
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.
Speaker, Sailor, 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 speaker, racing sailor, caring husband 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.
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 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.