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Rory Mackenzie


Inspirational & Motivational Speaker

Rory Mackenzie is an inspirational speaker on overcoming adversity who was critically injured in combat while serving in the British Army and went onto perform at the Paralympic Opening ceremony.

Rory Mackenzie served in the British Army as a Combat Medical Technician for nine years. In 2007 he was a victim to a roadside bomb; the device killed a fellow soldier and forced the amputation of Rory’s right leg.

Despite initially falling into a cycle of decline, with weeks of operations and a loss of hope, Rory, with the support from his family, started to show signs of recovery. After a further seven months at Headley Court, including many hours in the prosthetics department, Rory made a complete physical recovery.

After struggling to come to terms at what happened, it was Help for Heroes which helped him through and invited him to try adaptive skiing in Germany, through a programme called Battle Back.

The freedom and exhilaration of skiing allowed him to forget his disability and gave him the confidence to approach life with a genuinely positive outlook.

In 2012, Rory and a team of former servicemen (two non-disabled and four injured) successfully crossed the Atlantic in a rowing boat. This took them on a 3000-mile journey from La Go Mera in the Canaries to Barbados, and the team also reached their the goal of raising £1m for wounded soldiers as part of the Row2Recovery campaign.

Rory took part in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics, where he gave a truly inspirational speech at the Olympic Stadium in front of a worldwide audience of millions and a live audience of 80 000 people. Praise for his presentation was plentiful when he “delivered that rousing, scene-setting prologue to the Festival of the Flame” London Evening Standard.

In August 2017 Rory became the first ever single leg amputee to circumnavigate Ireland on a Personal Water Craft (Jetski) taking 15 days to complete.


Rory is a motivational speaker who can offer you after dinner and conference keynote presentations. His speaking topics include –

• Adapting to Change
• Resilience
• Overcoming Adversity
• Teamwork
• How to Work Smarter
• Effective Decision Making



Overcoming Adversity


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.