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UBM adds Nigel Owens MBE to Inspirational Speaker Series for IFSEC International 2017

by Brian Sims

Event organiser UBM EMEA has now revealed a fourth Inspirational Speaker for IFSEC International 2017. Nigel Owens MBE, acknowledged as ‘the best referee in rugby union’, will discuss various topics including how to operate at peak performance in the workplace and making tough decisions.

The Inspirational Speaker Series gives visitors the opportunity to hear from leaders outside of the security profession whose achievements are world-class and incredibly inspiring. Taking place in the Keynote Theatre and sponsored by Honeywell, the four Keynote presentations ‘captain’ the 2017 speaker programme.

Dame Kelly Holmes (Tuesday 20 June, 11.30 am-12.30 pm) is best known for her success in the 2004 Olympic Games, where she won two Golds and became only the second woman in history to claim the 800 metres and 1,500 metres titles for British athletics. Prior to her success on the track, Holmes served for almost ten years in the military and was awarded an MBE for her work with the British Army.

What many people may not know is that Holmes has battled with depression. Following her speech, Dame Kelly has agreed to share her struggles by taking part in Safety and Health Expo’s mental health panel discussion. This will immediately follow her speech on ‘having the passion, compassion and courage to succeed’.

Professor Brian Cox OBE (Wednesday 21 June, 11.30 am-12.30 pm) is one of the UK’s most famous physicists, having made the world of science so engaging and accessible to the masses. He has played a key part in the ATLAS and CERN Large Hadron Collider projects, while still finding time to take part in TV programmes such as ‘Wonders of the Universe’ and ‘Wonders of the Solar System’, which have been viewed around the world by millions.

Many will also know Professor Cox from his keyboard-playing days in D:Ream, the pop band behind the 1990s hit single ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. In his talk at London’s ExCeL, Professor Cox will be ‘Exploring the Universe’.

Nigel Owens MBE (Wednesday 21 June, 1.30 pm-2.00 pm) is going to speak about maintaining peak performance in the working environment and taking tough decisions. A personal story will give an insight into remaining firm and impartial when placed under huge pressure.

Owens implements rules fairly, but allows the game to flow. He imposes his authority, but isn’t afraid to show a sense of humour on the pitch.

Following his speech, Owens will be available to answer questions and for photograph opportunities and autographs at Autonomous FM’s Stand (T840) in the co-located Facilities Show.

Simon Weston CBE (Thursday 22 June, 11.30 am-12.30 pm) was aboard HMS Sir Galahad with the Welsh guard regiment when it was bombed by Argentinean planes during the Falklands War. The horrific burns Weston suffered required a series of operations that continue to this day.

Despite his injuries and the physical and mental suffering he has endured, Weston’s life is an example of great personal triumph and courage. He’s a true role model for positive mental attitude and overcoming hardship. Weston will share his very personal story about ‘turning adversity into opportunity’.

Chris Edwards, brand director for the OSH portfolio of events, commented: “Since we launched the Inspirational Speaker Series at the Protection and Management shows in 2015, we’ve seen a phenomenal amount of interest from visitors. I think it’s fair to say that, for most events, any one of this year’s speakers would be a marquee signing so to have all four appearing at ExCeL is quite a coup.”

IFSEC International is part of UBM EMEA’s aforementioned Protection and Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. It incorporates IFSEC International, Borders and Infrastructure Expo, FIREX International, Safety and Health Expo, the Professional Clothing Show, the Facilities Show and Service Management Expo.

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