John Blashford-Snell OBE

Col John Blashford Snell at Great British Speakers

The phrase 'Living Legend' is often used but rarely with such accuracy in the case of Colonel John Blashford Snell OBE.

Along with fellow explorer Ranulph Fiennes, he is a legendary British explorer who almost needs no introduction.

He has written over 13 books covering numerous adventures around the world.

He was also responsible for creating ‘Operation Drake and Operation Raleigh’, two organizations launched for numerous expeditions and challenges for young men and women from all over the world, which continue today.

John has appeared on a variety of wildlife and exploration television programmes. His ‘talks’ cover expeditions, travel, motivation and communication and all of his presentations are illustrated with slides.

His recent expeditions have taken him to Mongolia and Colombia. 

His lecture on “The Legend of Livingstone” uses Stanley’s original magic lantern slides and his voice is highly popular. 

Just some highlights of his extraordinary career:

Corporate & After Dinner Speaker

John has inspired and entertained people around the globe.

He has lectured world wide for many large companies on exploration, leadership and problem solving.

He has also hosted and chaired numerous events including the following:

‣ The Royal Geographical Society

‣ Royal Scottish Geographical Society

‣ Cox and Kings - Expert Tour Guide

‣ Cunard, P&O, SAGA Cruises


‣ Shell

‣ The Rotary Club

‣ The Lions Club

‣ Round Table

‣ Coast to Coast lecture tours in USA

‣ Business Lectures to audiences in Australia, Hong Kong & Europe

Talks and Lectures

‣ In Search of Lost Civilisations - part of the Wilderness Lectures

‣ In Darkest Africa – the story of Stanley and Livingstone using Stanley’s lantern slides and his voice

‣ In the Steps of Stanley

‣ The Quest for Leadership - inspirational talk on leading in the face of adversity

‣ The Wai Wai in Guyana

‣ Searching for Lost Civilisations - The Kota Mama Expedition

‣ A Life of Adventure

‣ Andes to Atlantic – The Kota Mama Expedition

‣ On a Wing and a Prayer

‣ The Grand Adventure

‣ Operation Drake

‣ Operation Raleigh

‣ The Eighth Wonder

‣ The Conquest of the Blue Nile

‣ The Dahlak Quest

‣ The Darien Breakthrough

‣ Mission to Magdala

Broadcasting & TV Credits

‣ ‘Hard Talk’ BBC News 24

‣ ‘Saville Row’ BBC2

‣ ‘This is Your Life’ ITV

‣ ‘Parkinson’ BBC1

‣ ‘Jackanory’ BBC Childrens

‣ ‘Terry Wogan Show’ BBC

‣ Children’s Adventure Series - Central TV

‣ ‘The Last Great First’ (Blue Nile) ITV

‣ ‘El Tapon’ Canadian B.C. (Darien Gap)

‣ ‘The Darien Conquest’ or ‘The Stopper’ ITV

‣ ‘The Great Zaire River Expedition’ ITV

‣ ‘Operation Drake’ (ITV and US ABC)

‣ ‘The Fort George Volunteers’ BBC

‣ ‘Operation Raleigh’ series on BBC

‣ ‘Mammoth Hunt’ (The Giant Elephants of Nepal) on both

Bristol & USA

‣ ‘The Grand Adventure’ (a piano to the Wai Wai) BBC

‣ ‘The Challenge of Leadership’ BDFL

For more information on Johns availability and fees please contact Jane at Great British Speakers on 0044 1753 439 289

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