Jake Meyer – Keynote Speaker

The youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest and to complete the Seven Summits challenge

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Specialist Subjects

  • Leadership
  • Followership and Partnership
  • Succeeding in the face of adversity
  • Operationalising a strategy
  • Balancing ambition
  • risk and reward
  • Defining success and maintaining focus
  • Resilience ? managing your emotions


  • English


Jake Meyer is an experienced public speaker whose incredible story of climbing Mt Everest aged only 21 is an inspirational tale of determination, tenacity and an unerring will to succeed.

Meyer was only 14 when he set his sights on wanting to climb the ‘7 Summits’ – the highest mountain on each continent. At 6.30am on the 4th June 2005, aged only 21 and 135 days old, he reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world and his 7th continental highpoint. At the time, he was the youngest Briton to climb Mt Everest, and the youngest man in the world to complete the 7 Summits.

Not content with just the 7 Summits, he also holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest mountain in each of the 48 states in the contiguous USA. This culminated in 48 mountains, 350 miles of trekking, 100,000ft of climbing and 15,000 miles of driving in 23 days, 19 hours and 31 minutes. He has also made first ascents of mountains and routes in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, holds the record for the fastest ascent of the highest point in every county in England, and numerous expeditions to Africa and South America. In 2009 he spent 3 months in Pakistan on K2, the second highest mountain in the world and arguably the most difficult and dangerous (with a 1 in 4 death rate). He reached 7700m without oxygen before bad snow conditions forced a retreat to safety.

Among his multiple records he was:
Youngest ascent of Mount Vinson (highest mountain in the Antarctic)
Youngest solo ascent of Mount Aconcagua (highest mountain outside the Himalayas)
Fastest British ascent of Mount McKinley/Denali in 2003 (highest mountain in North America)

In 2010 he joined the Inspirational Development Group as a consultant. IDG offers first-class training designed to transform the behaviour of individuals and teams, and lead to sustainable change within an organisation. They offer a range of bespoke Leadership Development programmes focussing on the interlocking areas of Leadership, Followership and Partnership, to produce accomplished leaders who are also effective followers and highly skilled team players.

Meyer is a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve, and in 2012 spent 6.5 months in Afghanistan as a Battlegroup Influence and Consequence Management Officer. He is also an ambassador to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme, and regularly presents the Gold awards at St James’s Palace, and has worked closely with a number of charities including the Prince’s Trust, the Prince’s Teaching Institute, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the CAIRN Trust.

Meyer is available as a though-provoking, inspirational and motivational speaker for events around the world. His presentation can be tailored specifically to the audience and to fulfil the aims and objectives of the client. He is comfortable providing focused and intimate discussion with small teams of Senior Executives, or presenting to large audiences of 1800+.

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