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Patrick Cordingley DSO


Patrick Cordingley is invited to speak internationally, and to give his opinions on leadership, teamwork and dealing with times of crisis.

Audiences appreciate his engaging, rather modest personality, and sense of humour. With a clear understanding that every event and each audience are different, he tailors each speech individually.

He is invited as a keynote speaker, a motivational and inspirational speaker and also to speak after lunch or after dinner. He truly enjoys Q&A sessions and tackling difficult topics. Patrick is invited by national and international TV and radio to commentate on defence and strategy.

In 1995, Major General Patrick Cordingley commanded the 12,000 soldiers of the 7th Armoured Brigade, "The Desert Rats" during the first Gulf War. Following this, he wrote his No1 best-selling book In the Eye of the Storm, an account of leading Britain’s largest armoured deployment since 1945. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his leadership and bravery, Patrick is in demand nationally and internationally as a leading commentator on international affairs. 

He is a visiting scholar at the University of Hull, where he is a Doctor of Science. His subject? Decision Making.

His principal speaking topics include: Leadership in Periods of Tension, High Intensity Conflict, Motivation, Building a Successful Team, Risk and Strategy, and Decision Making.

In 2007, The Times Chief Sports Reporter wrote; “...if Great Britain does achieve its stated goal of finishing fourth in the Olympic medals table in 2012, we may have to attribute much of the success to ….. Patrick Cordingley. If you ask a group of the best young sports coaches in the country, they will tell you that they have learnt as much about their trade from this man as any other.’”

The results of Team GB and Paralympic Team GB at London 2012 spoke for themselves.

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