Justin Packshaw MBE DL FRGS
Justin Packshaw is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and world-renowned explorer. He is Chairman of the travel company Joro Experiences and the co-founder of the award-winning British luxury jewellery brand, De Roemer. Packshaw served as an officer in the British Army with tours including the first Gulf war and was Equerry to one of the British Royal Family.
Packshaw’s determination, go-getter attitude and optimism has seen him achieve some incredible feats such as, sailing for Britain and being voted the outstanding crewman during the ‘Whitbread Round-the-world yacht race’; summitting Mount Everest; riding horses across Mongolia in search of the Tsaatan Reindeer tribes; motor biking across East Africa; winning a 450 mile man-hauling race to the Magnetic North Pole; jet-skiing across the coast of Nigeria to kite-skiing 1,500 miles across Antarctica in collaboration with NASA and European Space Agency.
Justin Packshaw is fascinated by old school explorers and has successfully led expeditions replicating some of the greats including George Mallory’s 1924 ascent of Mount Everest to Captain Scott’s 1912 race to the South Pole and Sir Ernest Shackleton 1914 audacious rescue of his crew from Elephant Island in Antarctica. Several of these expeditions he has taken wounded soldiers from the British Army with him.
Packshaw is a strong advocate for raising awareness and money for important causes, from cleaning up our Oceans of plastics to empowering people to reach their potential, whether this be helping the next generation to build their skills, confidence and aspirations; to promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces. He is also a strong campaigner for highlighting the importance of conservation and protecting our environment and planet.
He is part of Hewlett-Packard’s worldwide ‘Influencer Advisory Board’, he’s a ‘thought leader’ for Paypal as well as being an Ambassador for ‘The Princes Trust’ and the UK Governments ‘GREAT’ Campaign.
Justin Packshaw is also a highly sought-after international speaker, giving talks worldwide to businesses about the ‘Science of Achievement’, ‘Adaptive thought’ and ‘Leadership’. His talks highlight key lessons that can be learnt from pushing oneself and leading teams in extreme situations. As the CEO of his own business, Packshaw is always looking at how these lessons can be made relevant and applied within the commercial space.
He has published two books and was appointed ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’ in 2016 for services to expeditions, youth development, and charity. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of London and was given a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Ex-Forces in Business Awards in 2021.
The elite of Beijing, China were captivated as Justin led us through his talk. Motivational, riveting and lessons that can be applied to everyone running a team or a company. In today’s world, where everyone is looking for an angle, or something different, there is little better than an event with Justin as speaker. Guests feedback was extremely positive and we are already looking at using Justin again in Asia.
Doug Rumsam, MD, Bordeaux Index, Asia Pacific
Justin Packshaw gave a motivation and leadership talk to our 50 Partners. His talk was based around lessons learnt on his expeditions in particular getting to the top of Everest and how those lessons can be applied in the business arena. For almost an hour he had an audience who usually have a low attention span completely gripped and engaged – you could have heard a pin drop.
James Henderson, CEO, Bell Pottinger Worldwide
Justin joined us in Hong Kong as our Key Note speaker at the Deloitte Asia Tech Awards 2013. His talk was insightful, inspiring and perfectly pitched to the audience.
Yvonne Dow, Deloitte Asia
Inspirational and fascinating talk which was delivered in an informal and self-deprecating style but delivered a very clear, proactive and poignant message. Excellent.
Richard Oliver, Country Manager, Qatar Airways
Justin gave a fantastic motivational presentation based on his adventure climbing Everest. The talk was incredibly inspiring as he gave insight into what huge challenges people can face and how it is possible to overcome these challenges and succeed in both extreme and business environments. Justin engaged everyone through his own enthusiasm and humour and we all came away feeling far more informed and determined. A brilliant talk, thank you so much.
Giles Morland, Chairman, Mirabaud Private Bank