I am an inspirational and motivational speaker. My incredibly unique and amazing personal story, combined with my exceptional journey to the forefront of investigative journalism, is unparalleled. My message commands an audience and inspires individuals to believe they can overcome challenges and achieve success.
Being pursued by Irish Republican Army operatives, smuggling conflict diamonds from Sierra Leone to London, and interviewing one of the worlds most prolific seriel killers, are some of the journalism stories I share to demonstrate anything is possible.
I talk about my experience of being held in maximum security prisons, condemned to life imprisonment for a murder and a series of robberies I did not commit, to motivate people out of their mental, emotional and physical adversities.
How I architected the campaign that led to my wrongful conviction being overturned, and become a successful journalist, is truely unique.
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Addressing Fellows, Graduates, Advocates and guests at Chartered Institue of Legal Executives (CILEx) graduation ceremony part of my talk included this: "There are people out there who think the legal profession is only for a particular kind, and you’ve proven you are the champions of change. Your achievement has already, opened the door, your success is the start of a more diverse and representative profession – all you need to do is to go out there and prove it. If I can fight my corner from a prison cell, with limited resources, no computer, only a pen and a piece of paper for twelve years, the resources you have to go out there and change your profession and inspire others to follow you is there for the taking. Your will, your determination, is what is going to change the legal landscape. You’ve got to believe that you can go out there and do something.”
The Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, is a formidable setting to shine a spotlight on charities that have proven themselves the most inspiring and effective at tackling poverty by changing lives across Britain. This high-profile event attracted 400 senior political, business, journalist and philanthropic leaders, as well as celebrities, to support the great work of these charities. It was a pleasure to present the social enterprise award to The Clink that night, an organisation working to break the cycle of crime by changing attitudes, creating second chances and transforming lives.
I spoke to a school hall full of children about acheiving success in the face of adversity. My message was simply that they need to focus on who they are, what they want to become and how can acheive that. My aim was to inspire them to believe that their circumstances will not always dictate the person they grow up to be - that they can define who they are from what the believe in and I asked them to trust themselves and their youthful mind that has so much yet to learn.
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Whitelion, a charity working in Australia to support the disenfranchised, Flew me out to keynote at their annual state events. I spoke at events alongside Melbornes States Financial Minister and Justice Minister. The public dressed in orange prison jumpsuits and spent a night inside an old disused prison to experience what life is like for youth and adult offenders. The fundraiser was a success and attracted media attention across the country.
Presenting awards to individuals, organisations and journalists who make a real difference in the space of criminal justice is an honour. The importance of changing the narrative to inform and give insight is key to tackling societal issues around crime and justice and that’s part of what these winners were judged on.