Simon Weston OBE

Falkland Islands War Veteran


As motivational speakers go, Simon Weston is as inspiring as they come. He joined the British Army’s Welsh Guards when he was 16 and served in Berlin, Northern Ireland, Kenya and the Falkland Islands.

Many motivational speakers have life-changing events but Simon’s experience in the Falklands War has defined who he is and made him one of the most popular and well-respected people in Britain.

When he was 20, Simon was on the ship Sir Galahad in Bluff Cove when it was attacked by Argentine fighter jets. The effects were devastating – when the ship was hit there was an explosion with a mixture of petrol, diesel, ammunition and phosphorus bombs. The Welsh Guards lost 48 men with 97 wounded. Simon was, as he puts it, one of the lucky ones – he survived but with 46% burns to his body. His face was so badly burnt that his own mother literally did not recognise him when she came to visit him in hospital.

Described by many who have heard him speak at various events as an absolute delight who understands his audiences, Simon Weston is a nationally recognised motivational speaker who uses his status to support many different charities.

Simon’s reconstructed face is known throughout the UK and internationally as an illustration of what bravery and endurance look like. He uses his experience of having more than 70 surgical operations to relate to enthralled audiences how obstacles are there to be knocked down.

To book Simon Weston OBE as the speaker at your event, contact Champions Motivational Speakers by completing the online form or calling +44 1509 85 29 27.

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Jayne, Newcastle-under-Lyme College

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