FIREX Inspirational Speakers

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FIREX International is thrilled to announce its best ever inspirational speaker line-up. Rock star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE; double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes; Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston OBE; and renowned international rugby union referee, Nigel Owens MBE. Taking place as part of the Protection and Management Series 2017, Europe’s leading events for security, fire, safety, workwear, facilities and service management, at London’s ExCeL from 20-22 June 2017, these four keynotes will take place in addition to the 25+ hours of dedicated fire safety sessions.

Launched in 2015, the Inspirational Speaker Series gives visitors the opportunity to hear from leaders in their respective fields, outside of the security industry, whose achievements are world-class and incredibly inspiring. Following an industry-wide survey, these three high-calibre speakers were chosen as the overwhelming favourites to lead keynotes in the Keynote Theatre, sponsored by Honeywell, and captain the 2017 speaker programme.

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Dame Kelly Holmes

Having the passion, compassion and courage to succeed | Tuesday 20th June | 11.30-12.30

Dame Kelly Holmes is best known for her success in the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning gold in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. She still holds the British records for the 600, 800 and 1000 metre distances. and became only the second woman in history to claim the 800m and 1500m titles for British athletics. Prior to her success on the track she served almost 10 years in the military and was awarded an MBE for her services to the British Army.

Holmes founded the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, to “support and develop athletes beyond sport, who then deliver on every single one of their transformational mentoring programmes for young people facing disadvantage. What many people may not know is that she has also battled with depression, and following her keynote speech, Dame Kelly has agreed to share her struggles on a mental health discussion panel within Safety & Health Expo, co-located to FIREX International and included with your FIREX visitor's pass.

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Professor Brian Cox

Exploring the universe | Wednesday 21st June | 11.30-12.30

One of UKs most famous (and dare say favourite) physicists, having challenged any perception that physicists as socially awkward, badly dressed nerds, he has played a key part in the ATLAS and CERN Large Hadron Collider projects. He has also appeared on television programmes such as 'Wonders of the Universe’ and ‘Wonders of the Solar System’ and is the author of bestsellers Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe, plus puts his names to over 950 scientific publications.

Many will also know him from his keyboard-playing days in ‘D:Ream, the pop band behind the 90’s hit single, ‘Things Can Only Get Better’.

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Nigel Owens MBE

Peak performance and tough decisions | Wednesday 21st June | 13.30 - 14.00

A personal story from ‘the best referee in rugby union’ will give an insight into remaining firm and impartial under huge pressure. The World Cup Final referee is widely considered to be the best official in rugby union. He implements rules fairly but allows the game to flow; he imposes his authority – but he isn’t afraid to show a sense of humour on the pitch. He’s also the only openly gay official in what’s seen as an especially macho sport. In speeches, Nigel talks about the hurdles he had to overcome and the skills you require to make tough decisions with tough characters.

Following his keynote speech, Nigel will be around for questions, photos and autographs at the Autonomous FM Ltd’s stand, T840, in the Facilities Show.

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Simon Weston CBE

Turning adversity into opportunity | Thursday 22nd June | 11.30-12.30

Aboard HMS Sir Galahad with the Welsh guard regiment when it was bombed by Argentinean planes during the Falklands War, Simon Weston CBE suffered horrific burns and required a series of operations that continue to this day. Despite his injuries and the physical and mental suffering, Simon’s life is an example of great personal triumph and courage. He is a true role model for positive mental attitude and overcoming hardship. Simon will share his very personal story about ‘’ on 22nd June.

Weston was awarded an OBE in 1992 in recognition of charity work, notably in founding ‘The Weston Spirit’, a Liverpool-based young people’s charity. He was also listed as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004 and in 2014 was voted top of the UK`s Heroes Index.

“Since we launched the inspirational speaker programme at Protection & Management in 2015 we’ve seen a phenomenal amount of interest from visitors, so the keynote scheme is something that we continue to invest heavily in. I think it’s fair to say that for most events any one of this year’s speakers would be a marquee signing so to have all three appear is quite a coup. I look forward to seeing a packed auditorium at ExCeL in June.”

Chris Edwards

Brand Director, UBM OSH Portfolio

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