Over the last twenty years, Monty Halls has established a reputation as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking speakers in the UK. His talks cover a wide range of events and occasions - from small, intimate dinners and seminars, through to international conferences with several thousand delegates.
His talks are based on experiences as a Royal Marines Officer, as an expedition leader, and as a TV presenter and broadcaster. The predominant themes are the adventures and mishaps of the individuals and groups he has worked with, allowing pertinent team building and leadership messages to be incorporated into his presentations.
As a Royal Marines Officer, Monty worked in support of Nelson Mandela during the South African peace process in the early 1990s. He left the Marines to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism and biology, becoming qualified as a marine biologist at Plymouth University, where he achieved a First Class Honours Degree. He funded his Degree by running expeditions, the most notable of which was leading a multi-national team to the discovery of a sunken city off the Indian coast in 2002. During this period he also led four expeditions to Southern Africa, three to Malawi and one to South Africa. For these expeditions, he was awarded the Bish Medal for his services to exploration by the Scientific Exploration Society.
Monty subsequently established his own expedition company in 2003, completing four circumnavigations of the globe over the following four years. This bought him to the attention of television producers, and he was asked to compete in the flagship Channel 4 show Superhumans, where elite performers were pitched against one another in a series of tests devised by the UK's Qinetiq testing centre. Monty won this competition and was immediately asked to present further series for Channel 4, National Geographic, the History Channel, Channel 5 and the BBC. He is probably best remembered for his three BBC2 series Great Escapes, in which he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben.
Monty has also written seven books, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers.
To book Monty as a Motivational Speaker, or as a fascinating After-dinner Speaker, contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent via the online booking enquiry form or alternatively call 020 7251 8222.
It was both insightful and energetic and you brought some excellent experiences to the fore, which were relevant to the culture we are trying to create at Gloucester. The team building was again fantastic and I know a lot of work went into the planning in a short space of time. I look forward to working with you again in the near future.
Gloucester Rugby Club
Monty was excellent. Many reports have been received and confirm that Monty was one of the best after-dinner speakers we have ever had. Note that we have had quite a number of professional annual dinners, over and above CISI, held over many decades.
Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Monty was brilliant! He was charming, friendly and got stuck in chatting to students, staff, festival goers and such, getting photographs taken with them (the marine science students were completely star-struck!!). He was a delight and everyone loved him. I would absolutely recommend him. He was an inspired choice for us because of the presence of our science students who were pretty much stalking him from the moment he arrived! He took it all in his stride though. His conversation with Sir John Lister Kaye was lovely and the audience just lapped it up. Really good event and thanks for making that happen.
University of the Highlands and Islands
- Tarka and Katie talk with passion about taking opportunities and facing difficult challenges and, in doing so, thinking of innovative solutions when the odds are stacked against you.
Tarka and Katie-Jane L'Herpiniere
- Travel Writer, Marathon runner, rower, author , broadcaster and TV Presenter who found fame on TV reality show, Castaway.
- Four Times Olympic Gold Medallist and an extremely authoritative and accomplished motivational and after dinner speaker.
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE