Colonel Stuart Tootal – DSO OBE

Former Army Colonel, best-selling author and global head in the corporate security sector


Conference delegates often listen to motivational speakers talking about how to succeed against the odds and in the face of adversity but very few who stand up to share their wisdom can have operated in such intense theatres of war as Afghanistan and been awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for doing so. Colonel Stuart Tootal has.

The DSO is given to officers for meritorious or distinguished service in wartime and Tootal was awarded it for his time in 2006 when he headed up 3 Para, aka the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment. He has also taken part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the Gulf War of 1991 and done operational service in Northern Ireland.

Prevailing and succeeding in such difficult environments takes the highest levels of leadership, decision-making, clear and inspirational thinking, people-management and team-building – and Colonel Stuart Tootal possesses these qualities in substantial quantities. This makes him a superb motivational speaker.

As you might expect, Tootal doesn’t pull any punches but neither does he glorify his time in war zones or attempt to focus attention on himself. Instead, the humble, modest colonel holds audiences spellbound and exhilarated with his tales from the battlefield.

He then ties this experience in with his current role as chief security officer and global head of security at Barclays Bank, where he set up the bank’s armed forces transition employment and resettlement (AFTER) programme. The inspirational and motivational speaker is also founder and chairman of the Parachute Regiment Afghanistan Trust charity, which has raised many millions over the years for wounded paratroopers.

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“I felt compelled to write – as I’m sure many others have – after listening to Stuart’s talk at the Royal Geographic Society. In short, it was excellent. He presented what was a very involved and intricate military (and political) experience with great honesty, eloquence, humility, passion and engaging clarity. …..I can understand why General Mike Jackson tried to persuade you to stay in the military.” –Royal Geographic Society

“Suffice to say the overwhelming view is that Stuart’s speech was fantastic, inspiring, eye-opening, to mention just a few of the superlatives. He really delivered in a most engaging and professional way, having taken care to understand our franchise structure” – Auditel

“I must tell you how inspiring the guest speaker – Stuart Tootal was, his passion, dedication and responsibility for his men was crystal clear. He is the true definition of a leade. His speech was so moving that the pictures in my mind were crystal clear and brought me to the edge of tears”

“The comments from attendees included; best speaker on the day, passionate, inspiring, admiration for the difficult decisions you made, definition of a true leader, expanded my knowledge beyond anything the government has told me, admiration for you as a person and a leader, etc.” – Barclays Finance

“My Chairman and I have heard lots of ex-military speakers, but I have never heard one so good; he takes the audience with him” – Kent Rotary Club

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