Inspirational speaker Monty Halls is a broadcaster, speaker, naturalist, formal Royal Marine, marine biologist, travel writer and leadership specialist.
Monty has led teams through some of the most demanding environments. His adventures include discovering pre-historic settlements amid great white sharks, avoiding the bullets of poachers, and photographing a dangerous, rare crocodile underwater for the first time.
A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa, Monty Halls left the services in 1996 to pursue a career in leading expeditions. Having achieved a First Class Honors degree in marine biology, over the next decade he circumnavigated the globe four times on various projects, leading multi-national teams in some of the most demanding environments on earth. Notable expeditions included an anti-poaching project in the high montane grasslands of the Nyika Plateau in northern Malawi, the discovery of a sunken city off the coast of Tamil Nadu in India, and an (successful) attempt to find and photograph a rare crocodile species in the mountain pools of the Raspaculo Basin in Central America. In 2002 he was awarded the Bish Medal by the Scientific Exploration Society for his services to exploration.
All the adventures brought him to the attention of television producers, and he was head-hunted as a competitor in the flagship Channel 4 show ‘Superhumans’, a test of elite performers, competing in a series of challenges devised by the QinetiQ testing centre. Monty won this competition and was in demand to present further series’ for Channel 4, National Geographic, the History Channel, Channel 5, and the BBC.
He is best known for his three BBC2 series ‘Great Escapes’, where he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award winning series ‘Great Barrier Reef’. In 2014 he has completed filming on the ground-breaking expedition series ‘Lost Worlds’ for the Discovery Channel. Monty has written several books and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers, many of them communicating his enthusiasm for the natural world. He is also an Ambassador for various conservation groups and was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Plymouth University.
Monty Halls is patron to The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, Help for Heroes, Rugby for Heroes, Shark & Coral Conservation, The Shark Trust, Coral Cay Conservation, Go Commando, Dumfrieshire and Cumbrian Greyhound Rescue, and is an Honorary Ambassador to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
Over the last decade Monty’s real passion has become leadership and team building, drawing on his vast experience. As a speaker and corporate trainer, his work is both national and international. He continues to run expeditions and diving trips when he has the time between speaking engagements and filming projects.
Monty Halls has written six books, mainly on diving and the marine environment as well as “Beachcomber Cottage” for the first “Great Escape” series and “Great Irish Escape” for the third series. His latest book “The Fisherman’s Apprentice” documents his time in Cornwall with some wonderful photography (to accompany the BBC series of the same title). Monty writes a monthly column for Outdoor Fitness Magazine and Diver and from next month Powerboat and Rib as well as monthly blogs for Simply Scuba and Simply Hike.
An entertaining and dynamic force on the podium, Monty is able to address topics such as effective leadership, teamwork, risk, staying motivated, teams under stress, embracing change, co-operation and how to maintain the aim in a changing environment. He gives a candid insight into filming ‘The Great Escape’ series too. Immensely versatile, Monty offers tailored talks for conference keynotes, award ceremonies, board meetings, motivational sales events, product launches and company away days. Monty enjoys the role of host or MC, and delivers popular, hilarious after dinner speeches. Excellent photographs and film footage support all talks.
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