My name is James Redden, a former soldier, now businessman and a bit of an adventurer. I served 13 years in the British Army, 10 of them with a highly specialised unit made up of volunteers who all go through a very arduous selection process. During my time in the Armed Forces I’ve been deployed to numerous hot spots around the world, including African states, the Middle East, Asia and beyond. My travels have taken even further afield.
My years in service saw me take command of troop formations and the experience has left me with a deep understanding of how leadership actually works.
After leaving the Army, I spent a number of years building up a small, but very successful technology consulting that has employed varying numbers of team members over the years. More recently, and following what might be viewed as a ‘mid-life meltdown’ I decided to rekindle my love of the great outdoors.
In February 2015 I skied across part of the Hardangervidda in Norway (a journey that left me with mild frostbite) and a short time later I skied to the Geographic North Pole. In March 2017 I returned to Norway and skied across the Hardagnervidda (no frostbite this time). In December 2017 I will be skiing solo, unsupported and unaided to the Geographic South Pole (700 mile of brutal winds and endless plains of ice).
About my talks...
My talks focus on leadership, working solo and how to survive and thrive in extreme environments.
Presentations use minimal powerpoint and a fair bit of talking/imagery. I have a projector that travels with me. If you do not have a suitable wall/surface on which to display the presentation you will need to supply a screen.
My talks range from 45 mins to an hour. This figure is negotiable and can be adjusted to fit your needs.
My fee is £100 per talk and my mileage expenses are 10p per when travelling outside of a 10 mile radius of Thame, Oxon. Accommodation expenses are required for evening talks over 60 miles away from Thame.