Pam Warren

Pam Warren at Great British Speakers

Pam Warren turned a disaster into the most positive thing to ever happen to her. Her story will inspire audiences and show them how, they too, can overcome apparently insurmountable challenges

In October 1999, Pam’s life as a financial advisor was torn apart when she was critically injured in the Paddington Rail Crash. Pam’s injuries were so severe that she wasn’t expected to pull through. Not only did she pull through, she became the public face of the disaster – ‘the lady in the mask’ championing the cause of rail safety. Since then Pam has gone on to become a highly acclaimed International Public Speaker.

Pam’s keynote speech delivers a motivating strategic message about overcoming the odds. Her years of leadership experience shine through in a carefully crafted speech that will inspire, uplift, energise and get the audience thinking. She shows how with teamwork, grit, determination and heart you can take on a challenge, however big or small.

She provides a simple message of keeping things in perspective while thinking smarter, bigger, and going beyond what’s expected. Pam offers audiences not just inspiration but actual strategies to employ to overcome challenges.

Pam’s experience both in the city and leading a successful campaign for rail safety gives her a unique perspective on business challenges and how to master them. She delivers her speech with warmth and humour managing to emotionally connect with her audiences which drives her business strategies home. Pam has been praised for her courage and determination by the likes of Sir Roger Moore and Sir Trevor McDonald. Pam is a consummate professional and feedback from both organisers and audiences have always been extremely positive.

Pam’s credentials

A proud member of the Professional Speakers Association UK, Global Conference TV and Global Speakers Federation. Pam has also worked in a variety of other roles with the likes of BBC Radio Berkshire and is an ambassador The Scar Free Foundation and the Children’s Burns Research Centre. Her 5-star acclaimed auto-biography, From Behind the Mask, was published in 2014 and sales continue to grow as more readers seek to know the background to her resilience, courage, and perseverance.

Woman of the Year Frink Award 2001, Unison Bob Cotton Award 2001, Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Award 2015.

Pam has spoken at international conferences, luncheons, theatre events and community events. Some of Pam’s clients include Henley Business School, Women of the Year Awards, Alnwick Playhouse, CIRAS, UK Rail Safety Summit, Thames Valley Business Expo, Office Rail Regulator, South Central Ambulance Service, Flytoget Norway, PSA South Africa, Department of International Trade.

Most recently Pam has starred in an episode of the BBC1’s new programme: “Going Back Giving Back” and CBS Reality programme: “The Day I Should Have Died”.

Pam’s background

Successfully running a financial advisory company with a multi-million pound turnover prior to the crash.

Fifteen years on, having fought through a turbulent recovery process which has left a legacy of mental and physical scars, Pam no longer regards herself as a victim – she is a survivor. She uses her experiences to help others who have been affected by disfigurement or burns and has become an inspiration to many.

Pam is clear that there’s nothing unusual or special about her. The only difference between the audience and herself is the severe physical and emotional trauma that she had to overcome. Weaving these experience’s into her talks allows people to see the problems they are coming up against at work and at home as completely manageable.

Speaking Topics:

Corporate/Financial Services

Conquer Your Problems by Thinking Like a River Don’t Stand Still – The Benefits of Re-Invention

Motivational Speaking

One Person can Make a Huge Difference - Tenacity Wins


Work with the Public to Achieve Results

Rail, Road and Manufacturing

Safety By Design

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What the clients say:

Pam’s story is quite remarkable. The amazing grit and determination Pam found within herself to overcome her challenges after the Paddington rail crash were truly inspirational. Her talk was incredibly moving not only because it connected on an emotional level, but her strategies for coping with change are useful and easily applied to day to day issues. 
Life is often unpredictable, and now more than ever we seem to be encountering change and turbulent times. My personal takeaway from Pam’s talk is that no matter what challenge presents itself, there is a strategy to cope with it.

Laurie Spicer, International Trade Adviser at Department for International Trade

An unforgettable account of an unforgettable crash. Pam Warren brings humanity to a bitter, life-changing experience.

Sir Trevor McDonald

All of us who travel by train owe Pam and her fellow survivors a debt of gratitude for their tenacity and dedication to improving rail safety.

Sir Roger Moore KBE

A story of success, courage, bravery and fortitude ... she has triumphed over terrible adversity and come through.

Simon Weston OBE, Falklands War Veteran

Pam has assisted my charity, DKH Legacy Trust, on a number of successful projects in the Reading Area. Her approach is positive, passionate, highly professional and achieves results. I am looking forward to working with her again in the future and can highly recommend her services.

Dame Kelly Holmes

Pam visited us in Flytoget in Oslo Norway, at our annual safety conference the 5th of February 2016. Pams speech is so strong and emotional. She puts a face to those unfortunate people who are involved in an accident. Everyone that works with elements that can cause major disaster and make people injured and killed, should be aware of the consequences of their challenges –or even more importantly –of those challenges that are not being followed up. Pam is obsessed with the idea of everything changing into the better. You can’t give up. Pam is a living proof of that! We give Pam our warmest recommendations.

Cathrine Elgin Engström – Safety manager

Pam's Promise to you!

What can you expect from me when you hire me?
 You get an enlightening and inspiring talk with strategies the audience can action
 Complete commitment
 I’m happy to consider any special requests and accommodate them where I can
 I help in promoting each event e.g. social media
 Flexibility of timings – I aim to be at the event at least an hour before so I can mix and mingle and I don’t rush off afterwards
 Working for Each Client – I concentrate on one client at a time and they have my undivided attention in the immediate run up to the event
 I am prompt, punctual and professional
 I sparkle and am on top of my game for every event
 I am always well turned out
 I inject a sense of humour when & where appropriate
 I am good humoured and approachable
 I am happy to help out where necessary on the day with any last minute preparations
I very much see my role as not just as your speaker but as part of your event team. I want to help make the event as much a success for you as you are aiming for.
I want people to be talking about how great your event was long after it is over.

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