ADRIAN HAYES - Adventurer, Mountaineer, Polar Explorer

Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking polar explorer & adventurer, keynote speaker, business coach, author and campaigner.

An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former Airbus Middle East Sales Director, British Army Gurkha Officer and Special Forces reservist, in a lifetime of adventure he has achieved his greatest accomplishments in the past ten years – Everest, K2, the North Pole, South Pole, the length of Greenland by kite-ski, the Arabian Desert by camel, two Guinness world records, two documentaries and one book.

His first Guinness world record was for reaching the ‘three poles’ of the Earth – trekking from the coast to the North pole, South Pole and summiting Everest – in the shortest period of time in history. His second world record, along with Canadian team mates Devon MacDiarmid and Derek Crowe, was for the longest unsupported journey in Arctic history (kite assisted) on their 3120 km Greenland vertical crossing.

One of the few extreme adventurers in the world with a senior corporate background, Adrian is an internationally acclaimed keynote / motivational speaker and professional leadership, team and executive coach, delivering speeches, seminars and programs worldwide. 

A passionate lifetime follower of international affairs and an ambassador on economic, social & environmental sustainability, he is also a member of several organisations and charities, speaking, writing and campaigning on a number of contemporary world issues. As a former qualified Paramedic and Nepalese speaker, he is also involved in an ongoing project providing medical assistance in the remote areas of Nepal.

Adrian has featured in two television documentaries: the 2011 National Geographic Channel ‘Greenland Quest’ and the 2013 Discovery Channel ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’. His first book ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ was published in 2013. His second book ‘K2 - The Tragedy and the Triumph’ will be published in June 2017.


Absolutely fantastic. In all of his programmes with us he has changed our division and me personally immeasurably
— Standard Chartered Bank
Brilliant, entertaining, mesmerizing and extremely powerful
— Akzo Nobel
A fantastic, inspiring and extremely thought provoking seminar
— Brunswick Group