Speaker Profile: Alex Holmes
From being bullied to national campaigner against it
Click here to see a video of Alex in action.
23 year old Alex was bullied at school and as a result he has made it his mission in life to make sure this doesn't happen to others through inspiring young people and adults to play a part in shaping their school/academy, community and ultimately the world around them.
Alex runs interactive workshops exploring the issue of bullying by working with young people and adults help everyone understand their role in preventing bullying. He also speaks in assemblies explaining his own bullying story and how he has gone on to meet two prime-ministers, been featured on national TV and radio, and received a number of awards including three Diana Awards.
He believes in the three Ps- Passion, Perseverance and Politeness- the latter being the most important as it has an important message for all young people, not just about bullying, but about looking out for each other.
Alex also mentors young people to help them break down barriers to their success and fulfil their potential. He is an ambassador for the Princess Diana Memorial Award and the only young person to have received three Diana Awards. He has carried out much work on drugs and relationships and sex, through informative assemblies, workshops and videos. He’s also a pioneer for student voice, having set up initiatives at his own secondary school and then worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) to help students have a say in the way their academy/school is run. His current project is on ‘Teenage body confidence’ working with Gok Wan and it is due to be screened on Channel 4 in late September.
"The work has been an inspiration to many others.” Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Leader of the Conservative party
"Before Alex and anti-bullying, the school was really down, but now it’s really lifted.” Year 10 student
"I’ve Googled you and you’re right up there at the top. This guy just seems amazing!” Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic Gold Medalist (not Alex’s sister)
"Your work in schools is an inspiration to young people across the country & sends a strong message on how they can be positive role models". Nick Gibb MP & Minister of State for Schools, Responsible for Behaviour and attendance, bullying