Speaker Profile: John Sullivan
Adventurer and Explorer - John Sullivan
John Sullivan's 'Survival Story Presentation' motivates and inspires students, offering an insight into new cultures, exotic countries and exciting adventure. John Sullivan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 16, travelling across the world in pursuit of adventure. After leaving the forces he started a company specializing in extreme survival training, working in some of the most inaccessible corners of the globe.
John has been an expedition leader for several conservation projects leading gap year students in the jungles of Belize and Borneo and has set up numerous prime time programmes for the BBC and the National Geographic Channel. These have seen him living successfully with different cultures including the famous Biami Cannibal tribe in the Papua New Guinea jungle and the Nomadic peoples of the Sahara Desert. Lasting a minimum of one hour, these interactive and engaging presentations consist of a unique rollercoaster of images, sounds and amazing tales that encourage students to follow their own dreams and achieve their potential.
"The presentation was truly inspiring; our students really enjoyed listening to John's experiences in the Royal Marines and his role working for TV companies in the jungle that they realised they could be just like him. By working hard, broadening their horizons, learning new skills and believing in themselves they too could achieve anything they put their heart into. An inspiring day that left an enduring impression - fantastic." Adrian Barber, Project Manager, Bigger Picture Arts
"Thank you so very much for coming to talk to our sixth formers yesterday evening. Having read the testimonials on the School Speakers website and having done a wee bit of research about you online I was pretty sure that you were going to be an excellent speaker and you certainly lived up to our expectations! The students were absolutely buzzing by the time that you left, they absolutely loved your talk. The mix of slides and video clips really enhanced the talk and brought your experiences to life and what really struck me was looking around at the students' faces and seeing the admiration in their eyes and that look of 'I could actually do something like that'. I was particularly impressed at how you aimed the talk at exactly the right level for them too, because when you meet someone like you who is so accomplished and has done so much it is very easy to feel a bit inadequate and yet you come across as being just an ordinary bloke, although clearly you are not! The centre is buzzing this morning with anecdotes and tales of your adventures.
I hope that we can invite you back again in the near future to hear more about your adventures, it was a really excellent evening." Laura Schofield, Head of Sixth form, Queens College Taunton Somerset