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Dr. Ed Coats

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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.


Overcoming Adversity
Winning Mindset/performance


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.