Henry Cheetham

Henry Cheetham

It all comes down to one single moment. After only two weeks working in professional New Zealand rugby, Henry Cheetham felt a deeper sense of belonging to the team and community than anywhere he had worked or lived over the past 24 years.

Was this one of the ‘secrets’ underpinning the mythical New Zealand All Blacks, he thought

Needless to say, this kick started his journey to uncover the universal principles underpinning the world’s best teams.

Since then, he has led human performance departments in some of the most successful teams and cultures in the world.

The type those doing an MBA present as a case study.

He has helped achieve record-low injuries within professional New Zealand rugby, created and led a pioneering culture change program within UK Special Forces, and had unforgettable, life-defining experiences.

He has also built a network of world-class teams. Sharing blueprints and strategies with leaders from the All Blacks, UK Special Forces, Red Bull, Cirque Du Soleil, England Football, Team GB, and the US Navy Seals to name a few.

Contact Great British Speakers to book leadership, high-performance teams and culture expert Henry Cheetham for your next event, or call +44 1753 439 289.

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“As a company with a diverse range of talents and backgrounds, it was crucial for us to invest in our most valuable resource to fulfil our mission – our people.

Henry swiftly assessed our unique requirements & crafted a tailored human performance package that demonstrated a deep understanding of our company’s needs and the necessity to optimise the potential of every team member.

He has played a pivotal role in elevating our company to new heights and I wholeheartedly recommend Henry and Elite Human Solutions to any organisation seeking transformative and tailored solutions for their people and culture.”

Rob Colley, Elite Training & Performance Director, DEEP


“Thanks so much for today!

Really loved the session and exactly what I had in mind.

It was so refreshing after the hardcore systems training.

The feedback on you both was great!”

Ursula Baschiera, Executive Director Talent, Europe at Oliver Wyman


“Henry Cheetham settled in to the environment and community superbly, understanding the importance of retaining the core values that make the team great in order to engage and connect with it’s people.

Always open to listening, Henry shared his experiences, expertise and knowledge to help take us forward, and has kicked on to further pursue his passion and expertise in people, culture and leadership”

Brad Mooar, Coach, New Zealand All Blacks


“Through Henry’s unrelenting pursuit of excellence and his ability to adapt his approach depending on his client’s needs, Henry enables individuals and teams to excel.

He brings his vast experience and empathetic personality to problem sets which may be considered too hard or unachievable by other practitioners and most importantly delivers successful, tangible outcomes.

It has been a privilege to experience this first hand and our organisation has undoubtedly benefitted hugely from Henry’s input”

Elite Special Forces Operator – UK Special Forces


“Through Henry’s diverse experience across human performance, he has developed a wealth of knowledge on how to support individuals and teams to push beyond what they perceive themselves to be capable of.

Henry Cheetham creates excellent environments for personal exploration and self-discovery, utilising impactful methodologies to help teams unlock their full potential.”

Per Lundstam – Head of High Performance, Red Bull


“I have witnessed Henry’s systematic and sustainable approach to enhancing operational availability, despite challenging financial, time and resource constraints. His success is down to his attention to detail and taking the time to understand the culture, beliefs and demands of those he serves. He utilises this process in order to build trust and deliver highly impactful interventions that generate exceptional results. I would unreservedly recommend Henry to anyone looking to get one step ahead of the competition”

James A. King, Author of ‘Accelerating Excellence’


“For over four years Henry Cheetham worked at the forefront of elite military performance and played a key role in establishing a unique, novel human performance programme.

Highly professional, engaging and knowledgeable, Henry’s work enabled the unit to better meet the extreme demands of operating across the globe, often in the harshest and most austere of environments”

Commanding Officer, Elite Special Forces Unit


“I worked with Henry Cheetham in preparation for the Talisker Whisky Transatlantic Row Challenge. My team subsequently won the whole competition by a massive 168 mile lead.

I can highly recommend Henry’s services for any high performance team. His diligence, professionalism and empathy with both my training requirements but also the pressures of my work schedule were truly excellent start to finish.”

Max Breet, Fortitude IV, Winners of the Talisker Whisky Transatlantic Row 2019


“Henry Cheetham immediately immersed himself within our organisation, taking the time to understand its culture and the individuals within it.

Combining this with his knowledge and experience of human performance from professional sports, he helped develop personal and organisational interventions in order to influence behaviours and drive culture change, consequently increasing availability and performance across the unit.

This was achieved with his characteristically positive and professional approach, which allows him to engage and work across wider high performance teams.”

Elite Special Forces Operator

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