Tom has been speaking on the school lecture circuit since 2001. He has spoken at over 60 schools and has spoken more than once to some. His lectures are inspiring and compelling. He shows magnificent slides with quality video footage demonstrating what it is like to climb at extreme altitude.
Some Recent Schools Testimonials
Tom’s talk – which included brilliant photography and enthralling video footage of their expedition – had the boys, staff and parents hanging on his every word. While Tom touched on the importance of perseverance and goal-setting, the talk was all the more well received for its simplicity – a story, modestly told, of two brothers fulfilling a long-held dream to conquer the world’s highest mountain. Tom is a hugely engaging, personable and charismatic speaker – and after an hour in his company, you’ll be more determined than ever to conquer your own Everest.Woodcote House School - James Scholefield - Teacher
A moving and honest account of climbing to the top of the world. Thank you Tom for sharing the highs & lows and the physical & emotional challenges of your adventure. A fantastic evening accompanied by stunning photography and video footage – thoroughly enjoyed by young and old alike.Conifers School - Emma Smyth - Headmistress
Tom’s visit to Harting Primary School filled the hall with school families and many visitors from the village and beyond. The feedback afterwards was very enthusiastic and rightly so; Tom’s modestly disarming account of his ascent of Everest with his brother did more than anything I have seen or read to convey what is involved in conquering the highest peak in the world. An enthralling evening with some very memorable images, Tom’s visit also gave our school’s fundraising a fantastic boost raising over £1,000. Having, in the past, booked school speakers for many years and sat through the consequences, I can confidently say that Tom stands out as one of the best I have seen and I thoroughly recommend him. Thank you, Tom!The Roundhouse Project at Harting Primary School