RHYS JONES

7 SUMMITS MOUNTAINEER 


Rhys is an inspirational speaker, expedition Guide and World record breaking mountaineer. His speaking career began after a successful ascent of Mount Everest, where he reached the summit on his 20th birthday, having climbed the highest mountain on every continent; known as the Seven Summits Challenge. 
 

CORPORATE TALKS

Rhys has since worked with a broad spectrum of businesses across all sectors, delivering inspirational and after-dinner speeches. Drawing upon lessons learnt in the harshest environments, Rhys is able to tailor presentations to focus on key areas including leadership, risk management, teamwork and attaining results.

He has worked in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S.A with companies such as Areva, INEOS, Vinci, Network Rail, B.A.E, Mulberry, Legal and General, Allianz, Old Mutual, URS, Sir Robert McAlpine, and HSBC.

Rhys has lived the lessons he recounts in his talks, for example having turned back 200 metres from a summit in order to get back safely.

He is acutely aware of the difficulties faced achieving results in high risk projects, and how to manage a team to work effectively within that environment to reach their objectives. 

An active member of The Entrepreneurʼs Board and the first non-Rotarian recipient of the prestigious Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship, Rhysʼs work extends beyond the workplace and into improving the lives of others by helping them to achieve extraordinary goals. He set up his own social enterprise in 2004, aged 18, so he could work in schools with other young people, to prove that with the right approach, the impossible can be achieved.

An informative, inspirational and entertaining speaker, he is currently delivering presentations to a broad spectrum of clients, and leading private expeditions for small groups and corporate teams via his luxury travel company, Monix Adventures. 

 

 

KEY TOPICS INCLUDE

As well as inspirational and after dinner speeches, Rhys also specialises in delivering:

Safety Leadership and Injury Prevention for the Oil and Gas, Construction and Aviation Sectors

Safety is the number one priority in these sectors, and Rhys works with a number of organisations to reduce worker injuries to zero. It is Rhys’s belief that injuries are preventable, and when traced back to the root cause, it comes down to the same reasons time and time again. Using extreme examples from the high mountains, key messages about safety culture are weaved through presentations and workshops. Teamwork and leadership are also a critical part of the process, with many parallels to mountaineering. From past events some of the key themes have been:

  • Looking out for each other
  • Doing what you set out to do, safely
  • Knowing when it’s not safe and making the decision to turn back
  • The importance of having a vision
  • Having the dedication to see it through
  • Not giving up on a goal

Motivation, Teamwork, Leadership and Big Goals

Rhys has worked with businesses across all sectors to share experiences of working towards ambitious objectives, to motivate deflated sales forces and link global offices to feel like part of the same team. Some key themes from previous engagements include:

  • Working towards daunting goals, and achieving the improbable
  • Dealing with setbacks
  • The strength of a team and the role of the leadership
  • Teaming businesses after acquisition through shared values and goals
  • The value of leadership over management

Wellbeing, Happiness, and Personal Achievement

Mental wellbeing and staff happiness are key pieces in a successful organisation. Rhys discusses the value of setting personal goals, the importance of perspective, and the value of a healthy and active lifestyle outside of the office. Key themes include:

  • Having a mountain perspective or a valley perspective
  • The value of personal goal setting and living healthily
  • How happiness breeds success (and not always the other way round)
  • Mindfulness and seizing opportunities
  • Making good decisions, and how to live with your choices

Incentive Programmes and Leadership & Teamwork Experiences

Beyond the four walls of the workplace, Rhys and Monix Adventures are able to organise and deliver adventurous experiences to anchor key lessons and reward staff. For example:

  • Leadership and team challenges in the great outdoors
  • Staff engagement with company philanthropic and CSR programmes
  • Incentive trips to reward staff
  • Joining teams from regional and overseas offices for a central cause or challenge
  • Fundraising challenges and expeditions

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SCHOOL TALKS 

Rhys is a regular speaker at schools around the UK. Available for energising assemblies, award presentation evenings, inspirational sessions and specialist subject workshops. He has worked with over 100 schools to date, and is a passionate and entertaining speaker. Rhys will reinforce the key messages of team work, vision, determination and goal setting that are so vital to business and personal success. 

“Thank you so much for coming to our Senior Presentation Evening last night. You did a top job and those who attended were very much inspired! Governors who attended were still talking about it at our meeting tonight!”.
— St Philip Howard Catholic High School
“Thank you so much for coming over and speaking to our girls. Your talk was wonderful and the feedback from both students and staff was extremely positive. They all enjoyed your presentation immensely and have asked that you come back again!”
— Jersey College for Girls.
“I just wanted to express my gratitude for speaking to our 6th Form. There was an amazing reaction from the students after the talk and it is very clear that you have inspired and motivated them to make targets and work hard to achieve them. They particularly enjoyed your humour and confident, flowing presentation style”
— Bedales School
“Thank you so very much for making the D of E celebration evening so special last night.
Your presentation was fantastic and I only wish we had had more time. I will be booking you again for a longer one! You are so inspirational and the way you pitched everything was perfect.”
— South Dartmoor Community College
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