Adam Tuffnell

Champion Sailor, Keynote Speaker, Trainer

“Leadership and survival are one and the same. Without leadership you will not survive.”

Throughout his 20-year sailing career, Adam has sailed in some of the most hostile environments on the planet, ranging from the freezing wilderness of the Southern Ocean to the debilitating humidity of the tropics. An engaging speaker, he combines his real-life experiences on the open water with real-life tragedies to immediately immerse the audience into the importance behind successful leadership and teamwork in the workplace.

Adam is one of a select group of sailors who have circumnavigated the world against prevailing winds and currents, a feat which until recently was considered impossible. He has faced hurricanes, collisions, flooding and the emergency medical evacuation of a crew-mate.

He has also built a successful sailing school and trained future Round-the World racing crews from zero-experience to a state of ocean-going readiness. His energy and passion for sailing was formed as a child in small dinghies and ‘globalised’ through racing the BT Global Challenge in 2000.

By applying and sharing the four tenets – teamwork, leadership, communication and fun; Adam emphasises the importance of ‘Leading from Within’ and discusses lessons on team dynamics and how to successfully avert disasters in our personal and professional lives.

Topics & Formats
  • Motivation & Storytelling
  • Team Building
  • Sports


Leading from Within: The Agency Cut