Alex Staniforth – the Adversity Adventurer

Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete, inspirational keynote speaker, author and mental health activist, aged 24 from Chester, now based near the Lake District.

Alex knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity, having experienced the two biggest consecutive disasters in Mount Everest history, including the 2015 Nepal earthquake which trapped him on the mountain for two days. In July 2017 he became the fastest person ever to climb all 100 UK county tops to raise awareness of depression and eating disorders, and winning the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year 2017.

Now he is committed to inspiring others to achieve their own Everest. In 2019 he founded ‘Mind Over Mountains’ to improve mental well-being through outdoor experiences.

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What’s your Everest?

Alex is a professional keynote, international and TEDx speaker empowering audiences to change their mindsets towards adversity.

Success means something different to everyone but reaching the top of a mountain only tells half the story. Alex takes audiences through the peaks and troughs with humility and honesty that will challenge fear of failure and victim mindset…

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  • The universal feedback from all delegates was that the session was inspirational, stunning, awesome and engaging delivered by a stand-out speaker.

    SASCAL Conference
  • Alex's story demonstrated our value perfectly - a key takeaway being that no matter what life throws at you, applying the right mindset and approach will make you a stronger, more successful person. Truly inspirational story Alex, thank you!

    Synergy Creative
  • The message of overcoming obstacles to come out on top was simply thrilling. The teams feedback was of the highest praise.

    Health & Hygiene, Reckitt Benckiser
  • It was wonderful for us all to know that we are not alone when we experience similar feelings that we all certainly do. You could have heard a pin drop.

    International School of Geneva
  • Alex’s keynote address positively inspired our Leaders of the Future conference audience - whatever their age. His impassioned talk transformed our day from being just a good one to being exceptional. He was also a very tough act to follow!

    Philip Lawson, CEO of BOSS Federation
  • As one of our members said: if we could have a spoonful of Alex with our Cornflakes every morning, it surely would set you up to tackle the day ahead no matter what life threw at you!

    Shared Services Forum UK Annual Conference

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