Conrad Humphreys is an experienced leader who has spent over two decades as a professional yachtsman. With a sailing career spanning three round the world races and a business background as a sports marketing consultant, he is trusted as a speaker by the world’s top organisations such as UBS, Microsoft, Pfizer, Airbus and BT.
Conrad is a triple round the world yachtsman. He competed as the youngest entrant in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race (now Volvo Ocean Race). As skipper, he led his team to victory in the BT Global Challenge by dominating the race and winning 4 out of 7 legs. Conrad became the fifth British yachtsman in history to complete the legendary Vendée Globe, single-handed, non-stop around the world without assistance.
Most recently Conrad was the professional skipper onboard the tiny 23ft open boat, Bounty’s End in the recreation of Captain Bligh’s epic story of survival, Mutiny on the Bounty for Channel 4. Using traditional navigation equipment and surviving off the same meagre rations as Bligh, nine men were cast adrift 35 miles to the south of Tofua near the Kingdom of Tonga in a replica boat. Their mission, to survive and safely navigate across 4000 miles of open ocean to Kupang, Timor and recreate one of the world’s greatest open boat voyages of British history.
Conrad is highly sort after motivational speaker and leadership coach. He was worked for many of the world’s leading companies and specialises in designing innovative leadership programmes for executive teams. His leadership story, Inspiring Leadership, Staying afloat in turbulent times has been published by Thomson Learning and is a ground-breaking book looking at the effective leadership lessons from the World’s Toughest Yacht Race.
Conrad is renowned for his ability to understand complex business challenges and tailor his presentations to meet every clients needs. His story resonates with his audience leaving them with a simple “tool kit” and a strong sense of belief to go forward and win in difficult circumstances.
Conrad Humphreys is the founder of Sport Environment, a sports marketing and event management consultancy that specialises in sailing and outdoor sports. Conrad advises clients in all areas of sports marketing, from sponsorship to employee engagement. He has worked extensively with brands, rights holders and some brilliant creatives. Conrad has an extensive marketing background and a passion for creating innovative, integrated campaigns for brands and rights holders. For more information, visit Sport Environment
“Conrad gave a very effective, thought provoking presentation on the challenges faced by his team and the leadership style necessary to achieve results and bring the crew through their adventure to ultimately win the world's toughest yacht race. Highly recommended.”
- Stephen Newman, Program Director for Executive Development, Ericsson
“Conrad Humphreys delivered a powerful and highly relevant talk on ‘leadership’, to a group of Ericsson's Next Generation Executives. His style is low-key and engaging and his message is well presented and carefully thought through. What gives his presentation the greatest impact is his own credibility. He 'is the message that he puts across' and that immediately clicks with everyone in the group.”
- "Conrad joined the team as a professional yachtsman and advised Windfall Films on all planning and sailing elements in preparation for the voyage. Conrad worked closely with Anthony Middleton as Captain Bligh, expedition leader Ben Major and series editor, Sophie Todd. Conrad's experience on the water was an asset to an ambitious and extremely challenging production."David DuganCEO Windfall Films
"The entire team was enthralled throughout Conrad's talk, an exceptional tale which left us very motivated as a team. Highly recommended!”
- Peter Maute, EurofighterDirector, Marketing and Communications
The story told by Conrad was very exciting and the presentation was highly inspiring. It gave us stimulation for further thoughts, encouragement, advice and was at the same time most interesting and entertaining and fascinating. The feedback from the participants was very, very positive.
- "All of us at Smile Together would like to thank Conrad for the amazing session he did for our annual staff conference. Conrad was engaging and inspiring and was crucially able to align his stories and experiences with those faced by us in the work place and life generally. Staff praised his warm, welcoming style and his ability to make them think differently, particularly about tough challenges and working as a team"Paul CritchleyManaging Director, Smile Together