Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere



Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere is a British pioneer and former model is who is available to hire as a motivational speaker through Champions.

In her previous career as a model, Katie-Jane Cooper worked for M&S and Alexander McQueen among many others, and also took opportunities to work in the film-world, acting as Cameron Diaz’s body-double in ‘The Holiday’.

Meeting experienced adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere, however, changed everything. Katie knew she wasn’t afraid of a challenge. She had proved her skill in sport – competing successfully on horseback at Eventing – but Tarka’s suggestion they do a major expedition was something else.

As romance bloomed, Katie-Jane and Tarka began a six-month trek of the Great Wall of China; the most complete journey ever undertaken. She had to commit herself to endurance training, putting on three stone and prepare herself mentally for the challenge.

An award-winning film about the expedition, ‘The Great Walk of China’, reveals how Katie-Jane faced blizzards, temperatures of -35C, frost bite, starvation, exhaustion and dehydration. During the trek, Katie went to hospital – twice. She lost an inch in height from the weight of her backpack. Staying motivated and focused on her goals was vital.

Despite the odds, Katie-Jane and Tarka completed this greatest of journeys from the West to the East – through the Gobi Desert and the sub-zero temperatures of the mountains. They completed 3,000 miles in 167 days, the equivalent of 102 marathons and a world-first.

Since then Katie-Jane has cycled through Ethiopia, worked on an environmental project at the North Pole and completed the first major crossing by a woman of the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap, facing extreme storms and surviving five days in a makeshift shelter when their tent failed in a storm.

Katie-Jane, now married to Tarka and boasting his surname, demonstrates that people can embrace change, leave their comfort zones behind, survive tough times and achieve what seems impossible, making her an ideal motivational speaker.

To book motivational speaker Katie-Jane L’Herpiniere as an after dinner speaker with the Champions Speakers agency, please fill in our online form or call us on +44 1509 85 29 27 today.

  • The Great Walk of China & Patagonian Ice Cap Expedition
  • Having The Courage to Change
  • Staying Motivated in Tough Times
  • Setting & Achieving Goals
  • Peak Performance Speaker
  • Overcoming Adversity

‘I have to say that Katie-Jane was THE most inspirational speaker I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a few) I was absolutely transfixed throughout the whole presentation and have to say I didn’t want it to end!!’ – Dale Carneige

‘Engaging, inspirational and humbling. Katie’s story portrays the life and journeys of unique and driven individuals, testing their bodies and mental strength in some of the most hostile environments known to mankind. Whilst many of us can only marvel at the physical achievements undertaken, the real message is in the focused approach to tasks that can be  accomplished and only excuses will prevent you from achieving.’ – Bournemouth University

In saying that, I would highly recommend you and Champions too. All your dealings in the process of this booking have been highly professional and extremely helpful to us as we have sought to make a b