Darren Edwards

Darren Edwards | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Darren Edwards | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Record-Breaking Disabled Adventurer, Author
Shrewsbury
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Darren Edwards | Speaker Biography

Refreshing perspective on leadership and growth mindset
First wheelchair user to complete 777 challenge
Founder of Adaptive Expeditions

Darren Edwards’s life has been defined by persistence, resilience, and change. Few people can talk with Darren’s authority and honesty about facing uncertainty and fear positively and successfully. A gifted storyteller who is inspiring, likeable, and candid, he explores practical solutions to challenging situations through the lens of his remarkable story.

After spending time in the armed forces and pursuing his mountaineering passion, Darren trained as a teacher. Shortly after qualifying, he climbed in North Wales when the ledge he stood on fell away and plunged over 100 feet. Lucky to survive, he broke his back in two places, severing his spinal cord. Darren was paralysed from the chest down. As well as dealing with the trauma of his new circumstances, he faced a gruelling rehabilitation regime and an uncertain future.

Within days of leaving the hospital, Darren found purpose. Determined to return to his outdoor adventures, he bought a kayak and took to the water for the first time. It was the start of a series of adventures. He kayaked the length of Britain with fellow ex-servicemen and became the first wheelchair user to complete the 777 challenge—seven marathons on seven continents over seven days. 

As well as challenging himself physically and mentally and redefining what he and others thought possible, Darren also embraces a passion for entrepreneurialism. Driven by his desire to make a difference and help others, he launched Adaptive Expeditions, a company that organises adventures encouraging disabled people to push their boundaries.

Grounded in the training and mindset acquired in the forces and illustrated by his own experiences, Darren explains that you don’t need to experience extremes to build resilience: everyday pressure can be as challenging as tackling any mountain or terrain. He shares the lessons he’s learned from facing the unknown head-on, considering how to remain positive and focused in the face of difficulties. He delivers real-world examples of how to empower individuals and teams and how to uncover your own leadership style.

Why Should You Book Darren Edwards?

Book Darren Edwards to inspire your team with his extraordinary story of resilience and overcoming adversity. His engaging storytelling offers practical insights on facing challenges and staying positive under pressure. Darren's unique experiences and entrepreneurial spirit provide valuable lessons in leadership and empowerment.

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