Alison Haigh, Volunteer Services Manager, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Andy was the keynote speaker at our recent appreciation event for the volunteers who supported our hospitals and vaccination sites throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. We found Andy to be warm and engaging, and he really took the time to find out about our volunteers so that he presented a talk that was relatable and meaningful to his audience. The result was a powerful inspirational story of strength, courage and overcoming adversity in the face of the 2004 Tsunami, which had everyone gripped to their seats. I would highly recommend Andy as a speaker to inspire and motivate others.
Gillian Smith, Deputy CEO, Step Up To Serve / #iwill campaign
Andy gave a presentation to our team and we were blown away by his storytelling ability and the lessons we could take from it both in our working and personal lives. As a former HR Director, I know how challenging it can be to find an inspiring speaker for team development days who can help the team to really reflect while giving relevant and insightful learning points that resonate. Andy can adapt his talk to meet the development needs of your team. His story is powerful and human, it has many layers and flavours, and can be blended to fit your development menu. I would thoroughly recommend that you hire him. You won’t regret the decision.
Claire Mitchell, Senior HR Business Partner, IMG Stockley Park:
Andy spoke to our employees as part of IMG's Wellness Week.
The aim of the week was to engage our employees and help them think differently about their own lives. We wanted to challenge their mindsets, and get them to think about how a moment in time can lead to a change in direction and an alternative pursuit of fulfilment.
Andy certainly delivered on every level.
Andy talked openly about his survival and recovery, and described how he turned a negative into a positive by setting up a charity to help thousands of other people affected by natural disasters.
It was inspiring listening to how one person could find the inner strength to change his life and find a new meaning and purpose. Andy pitched it just right, his humility and humour eased our employees, and at the end he had so many questions which he was only too happy to answer.
Our employees were engaged throughout and he held everyone’s attention right to the end. Everyone who attended came away feeling that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
I would absolutely recommend Andy for an inspirational talk.
Sunita Bains, HR Advisor, IMG Stockley Park:
Having sat in a few inspirational talks over the last year, I can say hands down that Andy was one of the best we’ve had come in at IMG. Having gone through such a traumatic experience, which had such huge media coverage, one may have assumptions on how an individual can deliver their story whilst holding it together. But Andy didn’t disappoint. He had a story to tell with no self-pity which really gets you thinking. He kept his audience engaged throughout whilst they felt compassion, empathy and most importantly inspired. It was so well received that people walked away from the session wanting to get involved and help a good cause.
Beverley Fairclough, Chief People Officer, Gaming Innovation Group:
We asked Andy to speak to 400 staff as part of a team building event about dealing with change and making the most of every opportunity. He talked about living through the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand and how this impacted and changed him, his life and the course of his future. We found Andy to be a warm, straight talking chap, and those who attended were moved and inspired by his courageous story which was told with the right balance of gravitas, sensitivity and injections of humour.
Libby Tassell, Emergency Planning Officer, Worcestershire County Council
Andy spoke to our Crisis Support Officers (CSO’s) who are a team of individuals who respond to major incidents. We asked Andy to help them understand the impacts of living through major emergencies so that they can help people caught up in crises. Andy was professional, warm, courageous and yes… inspirational! He very eloquently told us about the sequence of events before, during and after the Tsunami which cost him dearly. We are grateful that he found the courage to help others through his charity work. Our CSO’s gained a great deal from Andy’s talk and we would recommend him as an inspirational speaker to others.
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