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Michael McGrath  

Motivational Speaker, Change Agent & Polar Adventurer

After being diagnosed with the muscle wasting condition Muscular Dystrophy (MD) aged just 18yrs in 1984, Michael McGrath made history 20 years later by becoming the first disabled person to lead expeditions to the North and South Poles.

The journey gave rise to a new life plan, inspiring McGrath to embark on a career as a sought after speaker, engaging and motivating teams to ultimately improve performance.

He has built an enviable list of clients, providing bespoke keynotes to both private and public sector organisations including Roche, Standard Life, Shell, HMRC, over 16 NHS Trusts, Ashurst, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and the Met Police as well as academic institutions, colleges, special schools and other places of learning.

Leadership, courage and trust combined with resolute self-belief, confidence, teamwork and a singularly focused obsession towards achieving desired outcomes were critical success factors – McGrath draws on these experiences, giving wider business and life lessons.

McGrath used his Arctic and Antarctic exploits as a launch pad for The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF), a multi award-winning national charity, delivering transformational experiences in the UK, called Muscle Dreams for children with muscular dystrophy. The charity’s impact is being felt across the UK – from improved confidence, greater self-esteem, and an increased sense of hopefulness to a powerful shared identity that connects families together, giving hope but also an important platform to share knowledge, memories and establish lasting friendships. Affectionately known as the ‘Chief Muscle Warrior’, McGrath personally hosts the delivery of every experience.

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