• 7 Feb 2024
  • In-person

How to Build Resilience and Overcome Challenges – a workshop with Lee Spencer BEM (The Rowing Marine)

Overcoming challenges.

Join us in Aberdeen for this not to be missed workshop with Lee Spencer, best known as The Rowing Marine. This event is set to give our member Directors the inspiration and motivation they’ll need to get through whatever 2024 has to throw at us.

“You’ve inspired thousands if not millions of people. Anyone who comes up against struggles on a day-to-day basis.” HRH The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry  

"There were some brilliant and inspirational stories shared and when those guys walk in it has a big impact on the group." Gareth Southgate - England Football Manager 

This interactive workshop will build an understanding of the key principles and practical methods of overcoming challenges which can be used both personally and in the workplace. 

Lunch & refreshments will be provided.

The event is free to IoD Members.  If you are not an IoD member please contact our Chair, Sarah Downs, for further information. We will have some guest places available.

Want to know more about Lee? Check out this video here.


Lee Spencer BEM

Lee grew up in very difficult circumstances in a home dominated by alcoholism and violence and despite being told that he wasn’t what they were looking for, joined the Royal Marine Commandos in 1992. He completed operational tours of Northern Ireland and Iraq where he led a section in the first wave on the assault of the Al Faw peninsula. Lee then served as a troop Sergeant before qualifying for special duties and subsequently undertook 3 tours of Afghanistan working in an undercover and covert role within the Human Intelligence sphere.

In January 2014 whilst helping motorists who had crashed into a motorway central reservation, Lee lost his right leg below the knee having been hit by debris from a further crash. Conscious throughout, Lee was able to utilise his military training to save his own life by instructing a passer-by to apply a tourniquet. Lee was awarded the High Chief Constables award for his selfless actions on the night.

In 2015 as a crew member of Row2Recovery’s all amputee crew of four, Lee rowed across the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua and into the Guinness world record books, as the first physically disabled crew of four to row any ocean.

In January 2019, Lee set off from Portimao, Portugal to attempt rowing solo and unsupported from mainland Europe to mainland South America. 60 days, 16 hours and 6 minutes later he rowed into Cayenne, French Guiana not only becoming the first physically disabled person to do so and completing the longest solo row of any disabled person, he beat the able bodied record by an astonishing 36 days: A further 3 Guinness World Records. In December 2019 Lee was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to charity having raised over a quarter of a million pounds.

A natural and engaging speaker, Lee’s incredible personal story of courage, determination leadership and overcoming adversity has captivated a range of audiences.

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