Mountaineer announced as Celebration of Business 2019 Keynote Speaker

The Ely Cathedral Business Group committee are thrilled to announce that Everest Summiter Ricky Munday has accepted an invitation to speak at the inaugural Celebration of Business dinner in Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel on Thursday 16 May 2019.

Ricky Munday is an inspirational speaker, international expedition leader, Red Cross delegate and Chartered Accountant.

To overcome redundancy, in 2004 he completed the toughest footrace on earth – the 150-mile Marathon des Sables. With a decade of expedition experience behind him, he reached the highest point on earth - the summit of Mount Everest - on 18th May 2018. He’s since visited over seventy schools and businesses across the UK to deliver inspirational talks to over 14,000 people. He has delivered talks on perseverance, developing resilience, goal-setting and overcoming adversity at many of the UK’s leading independent schools. His corporate clients include Citrix, Deloitte, Barclays Corporate Banking, Scottish Power Renewables, ICAS, Research Councils UK, Scot JCB & the National STEM Learning Centre.

A qualified Mountain Leader and Polar Ambassador who grew up on a council estate, Ricky founded Inspire Alpine as a social enterprise to help close the attainment gap that exists between disadvantaged young people and their peers.

He offers free inspirational talks to schools in areas of multiple and high deprivation, to help raise pupils' aspirations. He leads authentic, purposeful outdoor adventures to build confidence and resilience.

As a Chartered Accountant, Ricky is a resilient and highly motivated corporate services leader with an unusual breadth of experience transforming large, multidisciplinary and multicultural support functions in complex and insecure environments across the public, private and third sectors, and completed field missions in post-disaster scenarios in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

He was a key member of the Executive Team at the UK’s national polar research organisation between 2014 – 2018, leading a Corporate Services function of 60 staff, with strategic responsibility for the £60m+ annual budget and the People function.

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