Victoria Humphries is an adventurer, three times Guinness World Record holder, mountain climber, marathon runner, author, businesswoman, motivational & after dinner speaker and just a ‘normal’ person. She prides herself on being just your average woman who happens to believe that Anything is Possible.
Victoria is an experienced Operations Director having run one of the UK’s most successful online content providers within the EdTech sector. Her role is to help founders and investors in scaling businesses, leaving them with the time and energy to focus on what they’re good at – developing new ideas, getting investment or reaching for the stars!
In 1997 a group of twenty women set out to become the world’s first all-female expedition to the North Pole. Victoria and her Mum Sue were surprised to find themselves amongst them. En route to the most isolated and forbidding regions of the globe and facing the bitterest hardships, both were seeking a new beginning. For Sue these were the first steps following treatment for breast cancer. For Victoria, abandoning the security of her career was a good way to test her self-belief. Their adventure was turned into a book “Frigid Women”
Some of her other achievements include –
- In Franklin’s Footsteps expedition (Arctic) – 1998
- Millennium low Arctic expedition – 2000
- London Marathon – 1998, 2001, 2010
- Midnight half marathon (Tromso – run at midnight on the longest day) – 2010
- Mount Kilimanjaro – 2020
As well as taking part in various adventures and challenges Victoria has been a primary school teacher, and during her time at Teachit she led it through two acquisitions, two restructures and the rapid pivoting of the business model as a result of Covid-19. To celebrate being 50 and to raise money for four fantastic charities she is currently embarking on 50@50 – 50 different challenges; some physical, some out of comfort zone and some learning new things – www.50at50.org.uk!
Victoria specialises in motivational talks for businesses looking to build their teams’ resilience and ability to cope with change and ambiguity. She uses her real-life experiences to show how Anything is Possible if you put your mind to it.
Her talks combines stories from her various adventures and challenges with her extensive commercial experience to create a talk that is both inspirational and relatable to the challenges of the modern-day workplace. In particular she is keen to inspire young people and women to follow their dreams and by taking one step at a time discover that they can achieve anything they desire.
Key topic areas:
- Overcoming adversity
- Building resilience
- Change management
- Women in business
- Motivation and inspiration
I was stunned and impressed with your fortitude, guts and belief - I know we can all learn from that and certainly put some of our day to day issues firmly into a new perspective. The crowd adored you and I think they felt very inspired to try something almost equally ambitious themselves one day!’
— - British Telecom - Executive Women's Networking Group
‘Absolutely fantastic. I've never seen anyone engage absolutely everyone in the room before as much as Victoria did… and [it was] delivered with lots of humour!’
— AQA Education
‘Everyone was enthralled by all you had to say…I am sure you fired the imagination of many in the audience.
— St John’s Ambulance Annual Conference