expedition leader. adventurer. speaker.

Oli France

Oli guides teams through the world’s wildest places.

He has shared his story across the UK and Europe at corporate and charity events, schools and award ceremonies. Whether speaking to small teams, groups of 500 people, or virtually, to remote audiences, Oli’s mission is quite simple:

To guide the audience on a journey, bringing empowering new perspectives on resilience, self-confidence, leadership and how we can fulfil our boldest life goals.

For over a decade, Oli’s adventures have taken him through deserts, jungles, mountains, and war-torn regions. He has faced spies, interrogators, minefields and arrest, along with avalanches, earthquakes, meningitis and severe dehydration, all while attempting to complete challenging journeys in remote corners of the world, alone or while leading a team.  

What Oli has learned, however, is that in some of the darkest places and the bleakest situations, we can encounter untold beauty and unshakable strength, if we allow ourselves to find it. Oli illuminates how we can unlock true self-confidence, develop our resilience, and shift our perspectives on what we think is possible.

Oli has guided teams through countless high-risk situations across the globe, from the highest mountain in Iraq, to the militia-filled jungles of the Congo, to the backstreets of Aleppo, Syria. The pressures and perils of expedition life mean that quickly developing high-functioning teams is vital.

Oli shares his leadership lessons from these demanding environments, where calm decision-making, intensive planning, open communication and understanding the human factor within our teams is critical.

Interested in booking Oli to speak at your event? Get in touch and let’s make it happen.

Watch Oli's speaking reel and read Oli's testimonials below.


'Oli truly is a
high performer.'

Jake Humphreys, The High Performance Podcast

'Inspirational talk this morning by Oli France at Clerkenwell Design Week. Not to be missed!'

John Cave, Executive Director, EH Smith Group

'Excellent presentation Oli. Inspiring and thought-provoking.'

John Newcomb, CEO, Builders Merchants Federation

'Check this guy out if you fancy the adventure of a lifetime!'

Gethin jones, Television Presenter

‘I really appreciate the professionalism that went into Oli's presentation. He managed to link it perfectly to what we do at Covetrus - very well done!’

Rachael Milligan, HR Director, Covetrus

'We invited Oli to be our keynote speaker for our Landscape Focus Day. Oli did not disappoint with a really enlightening and inspirational talk which left our team more than motivated to look at the days’ challenges.’

Duncan Barker, Commercial Director, Jewson

'Oli is the epitome of desire and determination to succeed.'

Mike Hurn, Head of Education, Wigan Athletic F.C.

‘Oli's adventures are an inspiration to many.’

Shanker Patel, CEO, Lords Builders Merchants

‘Top job Oli. A fantastic and inspirational talk.’

Lee Gillman, Sales Director, Mannok

‘I’m blown away by Oli's mental capacity to do what he does!’

Affy Matthew, Sales Manager, Hanson

‘A truly inspiring story. Thank you for sharing Oli!’

Kyle Hazeldine, Regional Sales Manager, Midland Lead