Dr. Ed Coats
Explorer & Motivational Speaker
Dr. Ed Coats is a doctor working in obstetrics and acute care but is an extreme sports explorer and motivational and inspirational speaker.
No stranger to taking on challenges having represented Great Britain as a track and field decathlete and led two teams to swim the English Channel for charity; it was in 2009 when he joined James Cracknell and Ben Fogle in the South Pole Race.
Ed beat over 600 applicants and partnered up with Ben and James in a gruelling trek to the South Pole, filmed for the BBC for a 5 part TV series called On Thin Ice. An unbelievably tough journey, Ed talks audiences through the highs and lows of the race and gives a fascinating insight into human endeavour and determination.
Not to be put off by the challenge, Ed embraced the race and took on further quests including 30 challenges for his 30th Birthday, which included a Thames Swim, a Coast to Coast race and an endurance marathon.
Ed has also jointly led a ski expedition to the Geographic North Pole in 2012, which appeared on Channel 5’s ‘North Pole Ice Airport’ and also jointly led a series of ‘Extreme classroom’ projects in the High Arctic and Africa.
The Coldest Classroom on Earth’ and ‘The Hottest Classroom on Earth’ were filmed for BBC World. These projects show that children with challenging behaviour, who are frequently labelled ‘un-teachable,’ engage if taught with the right approach.
Dr Ed Coats is a highly regarded international keynote, after dinner and motivational speaker to business and in the public sector.
Ed humorously recounts these stories to business audiences, and with clarity outlines, the valuable lessons learned that apply in business and life.
Topics include –
• Performance under pressure
• Embrace the challenge
• Teamwork at the extremes
• Great stories, Great Lessons, Great Healthcare
• Optimising Performance
As a doctor, Ed can also speak of clinical improvement and optimising outcomes through the very best practice. He can talk on patient safety and providing quality care across all sectors of healthcare and to audiences of medical professionals across the UK and Europe.
Through storytelling, videos, and pictures Ed conveyed the power of open communication in order to improve a team's chance to succeed.
— CIGNA International
Captivating, motivational, inspirational, funny and accessible. We very much hope that Ed will join us again at one of our Awards Evenings. His after-dinner speech was perfectly pitched for our apprentices. Thank you
— TTE Training Limited
Ed more than met our expectations with a captivating, energetic and moving presentation. He “painted” a picture and took the whole room along his journey.
— Janus Capital International Ltd