Daniel Hughes speaker

Daniel Hughes

Achieved the worlds highest live broadcast to the BBC Newschannel from the summit of Mount Everest. Is a former member of the UK Special Forces, former GB athlete, a commercial airline pilot, entrepreneur and an Executive Educator.

Daniel is a former UK Special Forces instructor, a Commercial Airline Pilot and achieved the Worlds Highest Video Broadcast from the summit of Mt Everest to the BBC Newschannel. He is a highly personable, experienced speaker who captivates audiences through real life experiences, whilst also being able to integrate solid business theories to cater for wide spectrum of audiences.

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Daniel Hughes speaker, world's highest video broadcast to the BBC Newschannel
Daniel Hughes speaker, talks about "Taking technology to new heights | Facebook London July 2017
Daniel Hughes speaker, "Inspirational Speaking" | Instech London 2017

Speaker Profile

About Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes has spent the last fifteen years leading and making decisions in high pressure, and often environmentally hostile, environments.

Describing himself as a “determined problem solver, who builds teams to succeed”, Daniel has previously been a Special Forces Instructor for six and a half years and Great Britain Athlete, as well as being a current 787 airline pilot for British Airways.

In 2013, Daniel gathered together a 268-strong team to allow him to deliver the world’s highest video broadcast from the summit of Mt Everest to the BBC News Channel. As well as the BBC, other major companies Daniel has worked with include; HTC, Nike, Microsoft and Virgin.

As the founder of ‘Reignite Consulting’, Daniel now spends his time globally delivering management development programmes to executive teams and helps organisations to establish or reaffirm their vision and values.

In his personal time, Daniel is an avid cyclist and proudly donates his time as a member of Microsoft’s Educational team to help inspire the next generation.

Speaking Topics

The “Sully”: an in-depth look into the hudson crash and how frameworks developed by NASA can help you lead and make decisions under pressure.

The SAS: The worlds most renowned Special Forces Regiment. Hear how SAS techniques can be implemented into your organisation to make your team world class.

The Everestmillion Campaign: An epic two and half year campaign where Daniel achieved the Worlds Highest Video Broadcast from the summit of Everest to the BBC Newschannel in a bid to raise £1million for Comic Relief a British Charity.

Other topics include:

  • Executive Leadership 
  • Managing Risk in high pressure situations
  • Developing company Vision and Values 
  • Entrepreneurship


"Daniel is very passionate and engaging when delivering his presentations. The talk on his ascent of Everest for Comic Relief in 2013 was totally captivating, illustrated with photos, videos and equipment used during the trip. I was amazed by what was involved in this project, and can highly recommend him as a motivational speaker." - Keith Wood BBC

British climber, SAS serviceman and airline pilot Daniel Hughes was in conversation with Imperial Enterprise Lab as part of its quarterly Speaker Series on innovation and entrepreneurship – speakers have included fintech entrepreneur Edmund Hor (on the sale of Trayport for £75m in 2008) and Charles Rolls (Founder of FeverTree Tonic Water on their IPO).

Daniel expertly and energetically shared his insights on managing and executing high risk ventures and overcoming adversity through disciplined leadership during the 2 ½ year Everest Million campaign, which involved attracting sponsorship from HTC, Nike and the BBC as well as a virtual team of 260+ people. Imperial College Business School students were given risk and decision making frameworks, learnt about the challenges of taking technology to new heights, successfully completing the first live video broadcast from the summit of Mt Everest and included an equipment demo with kit that was on loan for the evening from our neighbours at the London Science Museum - Dr Christopher Corbishley, Imperial College Business School

I first met Daniel in the year prior to his record-breaking Everest climb; HTC was lucky enough to partner with him in the early stages of his preparation. Daniel is a hugely inspiring individual, there was never any doubt that he would complete his objective, and no surprise that he went on to represent Great Britain in Duathlon. His life experiences are so varied and interesting, but Daniels ability to combine the lessons he has learnt with sound business theories make him a captivating person to learn from and to listen to - James Atkins, Head of HTC Marketing EMEA

I met Daniel while I was part of the Social Good team at Skype. He had taken unpaid leave from his job to plan, train and climb Mount Everest in order to raise money for charity. He made the first Skype call from the top of Everest which was then broadcast to the world on the BBC. Daniel is a force of nature and I imagine that once he puts his mind to something, there is nothing he cannot do. He was great to work with and a true source of inspiration for me personally, for our staff, and for the world. I would gladly recommend him for a purpose driven brand partnership and inspirational speaker engagement - Andy Schmidt, Microsoft Social Good Leader

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