James is a leader, brand director, adventurer and keynote speaker, specialising in inspiring your employees, leaders, students and communities to be the best version of themselves.
Over the past 15 years James has built some of the most successful brands in the tech and consumer goods industries, from innocent drinks, to Uber and Vinted. He’s also supported startups from seed to sale, and mentored young leaders in honing and developing their skills. James will soon launch his first book “Mattering to people; How to build an interesting business and a powerful brand”.
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James’ other adventure is adventure. He’s completed a lap of our planet on a bicycle, cycling over 41,000 kilometres across 38 countries.
James also hiked across Costa Rica, Argentina and Norway, and he’s cycled the length, kayaked the width and climbed the height of the UK non-stop.
More recently James trekked a lap of Tenerife and got terribly sunburnt.
Adventure is everywhere. Whether it’s scaling a business or scaling a mountain, the learned human experience is similar. In James’ career as a speaker, he engages groups with what he’s learned as a business leader and adventurer, and offers practical advice, thoughtful considerations and alternative ideas as to how we can approach the adventures of life, leadership and business.
In his career as a speaker, James Peach engages groups with what he’s learned as a business leader and adventurer, he uses personal and honest storytelling to offer practical advice, thoughtful considerations and alternative ideas as to how we can approach the adventures of life and business.
In discussion with each client, every session is written to meet the objectives of the event. In the recent past James has given speeches and run workshops on the following themes:
Making a difference; Individual impact and bringing the best version of yourself to work.
Managing your mind when the going gets tough; lessons in workplace resilience from scaling mountains and scaling businesses.
Inside and out; how culture and values drive business success.
In the hard times you learn the most; Managing your mind and finding the adventure in everything you do.
Why the best leaders are in this room; Finding the leader in all of us.
‘Stop what you’re doing and cycle around the world’ – How to find the adventure in everything you do.
Mattering to people; How to not only build an interesting brand, but an interesting business.
Building brands; What does it mean to be Purpose-led in 2023?
The Uber years; How to survive in a fast-paced scale-up environment.
The Big Knit; How little knitted hats became an international marketing case study.
What innocent drinks taught me about keeping your customer at the heart of everything you do.
The innocent story; How a West London startup went on to become Europe’s fastest growing drinks brand.
Leading from the front; 10 lessons in inspirational leadership.
Intimate relationships; How to remain a small brand as you scale.
Saddle sore; 10 life lessons from cycling around the world.
“James spoke to our team on the topic of resilience, using stimulus from cycling around the world and his experience as a brand leader. He gave a captivating and entertaining talk, with meaningful content and practical advice.”
“James is very engaging, he speaks with honesty and passion – and the talk had a big impact on the team, so much so we have invited him back.”
Kirsty Hunter, CMO innocent drinks
“James spoke at Google Campus to 140 people. Of the 50+ high profile talks we’ve hosted, James was hands down the best speaker we ever had. We’ve hosted talks with CEO’s, COO’s and founders from Transferwise, Stripe, Monzo, Gousto, Skpye and James was in a different bracket.”
“Absolutely gripping, fixated audience and most importantly very intuitive with meaningful content.”
Edward Ward, Google Campus
“James is a confident and inspiring speaker, he had a focussed angle he wanted to tell, all of it grounded in real life experience. If you are looking for a thought-provoking and motivating session, I would certainly recommend him.”
Rupert Sagar-Musgrave, Royal Geographical Society
“We had James in to speak at our company meeting and absolutely loved it. He captured the audience so well that the hour just flew by, made the talk extremely personal and relevant to us and our values, and left the wider team feeling motivated and ready to be the best version of themselves.”
“It won’t be the last time we use James and I’d be happy to recommend him to any business that is interested in an inspirational story.”
Camille Karm, Red Squid Communications