Inspirational Speakers

All of our inspirational speakers have been through the Proud2bSafe Academy run by Jason Anker MBE.

Each of our safety speakers has a highly inspirational story to share which will help change people's attitudes towards Health, Safety and Wellbeing in the workplace and in their everyday lives.

Each speaker is able give a 'Generic Safety' talk but we have access to a range of different accident stories to specialise in different industries and sectors.

We offer Live and Virtual sessions to all companies.

Prices to suit all budgets from £500 - £2500


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Jason Anker MBE Founder Proud2bSafe RoSPA Arch Angel 2017

It's not about the fall, it's about the bounce
Jason has now been speaking for well over a decade but he is now sharing things he has never spoken about before. A unique story that is both harrowing and uplifting and covers wellbeing, Health & Safety and looks at how they all can influence one another either positively or negatively.

The Fall, Jason openly talks about his workplace accident and the effect this had on himself, family, friends and work colleagues but he know also explores and discusses why he made that decision on the day of his accident and how his own health and wellbeing in the months that led up to his accident also played a big part in that safety decision. Sean Toon, one of Jason's close friends, speaks about the impact the accident had on his circle of friends.

The Bounce, This part of the talk covers Jason's recovery from his mental health crisis. He talks about how some simple changes he made in his day to day life has had a positive impact on his wellbeing and then he discovered the resilience to start thriving in all aspects of his life, after just coping with anxiety, stress and mental health issues for nearly a quarter of a century.

A version is also available specifically for managers and directors

This is available in either a 1hr presentation or 2hr workshop

Sean presentation 'Reaching the Brink' can be incorporated into the presentation for £475
Usual Price £950

Q&A Session
After a short break, Jason can deliver this session which can be either generic on the day or specific questions that are pre-arranged with relevant topics.

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Matt Hazelton Speaker RoSPA Rising Star Award Winner 2017

Four Friends-New Presentation for 2023
Matt openly talks about the workplace accident that has affected his life forever. Matt was a director of a company and on his site he painfully lost two brothers and two good friends. In this emotive hard hitting story Matt discusses the accident itself, the constant hassle he received from the media and the court case he had to endure being a director of a company.

Matt does talk about the accident itself but unfortunately the cause of why the accident happened is unknown as the four people that knew what happened all died. He does
talk about the fact that even though his workers were competent and capable of doing, they had taken on a job that was bigger than they usually did and instead of
saying no they were scared to lose the contract so took it on anyway.

Matt is now able to talk about how his wellbeing had been affected after the accident and how he's managed to deal with this going forward.

Very hard hitting, raw and effective session from Matt to help increase awareness in all levels of Safety.

Q&A Session
After a much needed coffee break, Matt delivers this session which can be either generic on the day or specific questions that are pre-arranged with relevant topics.

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Sean Toon Jason's Friend & Mental Health Speaker RoSPA Guardian Angel 2017

Sean speaks alongside Jason's 5 Second presentation about the impact Jason's accident has had on him, his family and friends.

This provides a powerful and effective angle on Jason 'story in the live presentations that comes very unexpected to the delegates watching and highlights how many people are actually affected in workplace accidents.

Reaching the Brink
This is a health and wellbeing talk where Sean discusses how he bottled up problems in his personal life from a childhood trauma. In his early twenties a series of events nearly took him to the brink, he found a way of coping and it's only in recent years he has found a way to deal with problems head on which has helped him and his family. When this happened to Sean there was no one to speak up to and it is now Sean's goal to encourage people to speak up and listen.

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Tom Corfield Speaker

Tom’s story started 14 years ago. He was only 17 when he suffered an accident involving cement mix splashing back into his eyes, leaving him blind.

The effects from the accident are still having a huge impact on Tom’s life, with uncertainty with what the future holds. This story will raise awareness to just how long the journey to recovery can take after a work place accident and how not just his life has been affected.

Tom’s frank and honest discussion will take a look back at life after the accident and adjusting to how vulnerable life really is in the dark.

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Abbi Taylor MD of Proud2bSafe, Jason's Daughter and Speaker

The Real Life story of The Ladder Associations and RoSPA's 'Get a Grip' campaign

Abbi talks about the effect Jason's accident has had on her life growing up and how it is still affecting their lives today. Now Abbi has a daughter in the world she speaks emotionally about the things she missed out on with her dad they are having to relive that all again with Jason not being able to do the same things with his granddaughter. Her key message to the delegates watching is that it really is not worth it, if you think something is wrong or unsafe speak up, not just for yourself but for your family and friends as it is them that are all effected.

Abbi has recently became the 'Life Story' for the Ladder Association's 'Get a Grip' campaign supported by RoSPA

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Paul Blanchard Speaker RoSPA Arch Angel 2015

Life after an accident
Paul works as a motivational and behavioural safety speaker. Having been in a major accident falling from height several years ago while fixing a roof at a farm, Paul speaks on the emotional perspective of why Health and Safety is not just about ticking boxes.

The empowerment of staff to feel the responsibility for both their own safety and that of their co-workers does not come from a Health and Safety lecture. With Paul’s story to the same group, he brings a real purpose to the subject. Rather than just going through the motions of H&S conformity, the audience is reached through empathy with someone who has felt the full effect of an industrial accident.

Paul's story is really about the realisation that his life had changed, and having the determination to adapt to the new direction in life and trying to inspire others.

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Lisa Ramos Speaker

Lisa was involved in a forklift accident at work, in 2006 and as a result of this, is now an above knee amputee. She had been working alongside her husband Dave for several years.

They offer a unique alternative to raising awareness of health & safety issues within the workplace, with their frank and honest account of her rehabilitation, and the long-term struggles that are part and parcel of adjusting to life, as a disabled person.

Whilst they came to terms with what happened many years ago, the change in Lisa's behaviour has had a lasting impact on their son Kieran.

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Kelly Durham Speaker

In 2008, Kelly was in a car crash that killed her husband and took the father of 3 young children away from them. Driving north one day, coming towards them in the opposite direction was a HGV driver.

Due to various factors impacting his thoughts, feelings and his Mental Health, he was driving erratically. He was about to change many lives forever when he decided to pull out when he couldn’t see what was coming.

Left with her own severe injuries, suffering from PTSD and having to raise 3 children - this is Kelly’s story of asking herself - Am I Enough..?

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Steven Kirby Speaker

Steven was an experienced worker in construction and demolition. Starting as a site labourer and working to site supervisor, holding all plant cards and Sssts.
In 2011 he was involved in a major accident/incident at work and was trapped under water and believed he was going to die.

Even though Physically he healed quickly, he struggled mentally, suffering from anxiety, depression and was diagnosed with PTSD. After months of therapy and help from family and friends he saw life from a different perspective.

He now uses techniques and learnings from his own struggles to help people believe in themselves and talks about the importance of knowing and understanding all aspects of the job we are doing. We can do a risk assessment and still not fully understand the risks.

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Rod Silvers - Talk Shop Ltd

Conversations and Consequences

Rod can offer an interactive, bespoke package to complement the theme of your conference event/meeting.

The plug in package utilises:

-   A facilitator plus 2 actors
-   To present a short, scripted scene on Safety, Health or Well-being theme of your choosing followed by and exploration of what leads the characters to make the choices
they do which (literally) ‘sets the scene’ for the real-story guest speaker of the day
This is then followed by an audience-led re shaping of the scene towards a better (safer, healthier) outcome

This can also be delivered as a standalone session without an impact speaker.

It is a highly memorable, highly interactive, and highly impactful addition to your day
We call it Conversations and Consequences…
Because every conversation has a consequence… for better or worse…