Second only to the Victoria Cross in terms of prestigious awards, the George Cross is granted for acts of the greatest heroism and courage in circumstances of extreme danger. Motivational speaker and Warrant Officer in the British Army Kim Hughes was given this award by the Head of the Defence Staff Sir Jock Stirrup in recognition of his bravery in Afghanistan.
A bomb disposal specialist, Hughes disarmed 120 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Afghanistan, saving the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. That he often did this without any protective clothing or any automated bomb defusing equipment made his acts of bravery even more outstanding.
When he received his George Cross from the Queen, motivational speaker Hughes’s actions were given the following citation: “Dealing with any form of IED is dangerous. To deal with seven victim operated IEDs linked in a single circuit, in a mass casualty scenario, using manual neutralisation techniques once, never mind three times, is the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan.”
Of course, Kim does not just relate his incredible story when he speaks at events, he inspires audiences with his experience and knowledge of effective teamwork, leadership and how to succeed in the most difficult and challenging of environments.
This motivational speaker also exudes humility, saying of his achievements: “It’s tough out there. It’s a war zone. But it’s my job. That’s what I am paid to do.”
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“Kim Hughes executed the single most outstanding act of explosive ordanance bomb disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan” – George Cross Citation, Buckingham Palace, March 2010
“A very moving and motivational speech. The way he captivates his audience is inspiring. Putting everyone at ease and at the same time keeping them on the edge of their seats proves his charter and skill. The room was filled with laughter, tears and on some occasions complete silence as we all listened intently to his every word. Outstanding.” – MOD
“Amazing!! He told his story in such a way it brought true value to the aim of the function. Focussing on ‘team-work’ and ‘personal motivation’ the audience was in awe. His analogy of ‘overcoming fear’ was second to none.” – ABP
“Kim’s after-dinner speech at our Walsh Fundraising charity evening was a terrific success and certainly increased contribututions enormously. The talk was both emotional and inspiration captivating all 300 people at the event.” – Walsh Investment Properties
“Kim did an ‘off the cuff speech’ (without any notes) at our company black and white ball to raise money for the ‘Help for Heroes’ charity. He spoke about teamwork and engaged the whole room with his stories about his experience in the forces and the outstanding act of bravery that he was involved in. He received a standing ovation at the end of his speech.” – High Peak Community Housing
“What a guy. The way he captured the audience was amazing. As he talked of personal experiences it made us feel like we were there with him. We asked for a ‘Team-Work’ based speech and got so much more; his manner, confidence and presences proves his worth.” – DDM
“Kim communicated with such passion and integrity that the whole audience were so impressed, we gave him a standing ovation.” – Chris Ruane MP
“Kim has the ability to describe his front line experiences with eloquence, whilst holding his audience’s attention with his charm, wit and humility. Kim is an all round, excellent speaker.” – PFS