Jesse epitomises achievement and bravery in the face of adversity. Born severely sight impaired and now blind, he was advised as a child he may never be able to read or write. Nevertheless, through his attitude, determination and ingenuity, Jesse has become an elite climber. He represents the GB paraclimbing team, is ranked 4th globally in paraclimbing competitions and is probably the best blind outdoor trad climber in the world.
Jesse is also the first blind person to claim first ascents of previously unclimbed mountains in the Arctic. However, he is best known for lead climbing the Old Man of Hoy, an historic ascent of this sandstone pillar which rises 137m straight out of the sea, off the Orkney Islands, Scotland. His ascent is the subject of the feature length film “Climbing Blind”.
In addition to his climbing, Jesse has achieved incredible success in the academic and corporate spheres. He has a Doctorate in Materials Chemistry, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law and holds a senior position in a Global Clean Energy Technology company.
An accomplished and enthralling speaker, Jesse’s talks give insight into the mindset, problem-solving and determination which underpin both his corporate and climbing successes. His presentations blend film excerpts, amazing images and hair-raising stories. He highlights the processes and philosophy he uses with a distinctive blend of humour and jaw dropping anecdotes.
Some key themes of his talks include:
- Generating the attitude for success
- Inclusivity done well: how to enhance a teams’ cohesiveness and performance
- Building mental toughness and resilience
If you are interested in having Jesse speak at your event, please get in touch via the contact form.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela